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04 November 2010
LIVERPOOL NURSES SAY:- “DON’T LEAVE PATIENTS IN THE LURCH –
RETURN THAT CRUTCH!”
NURSES at a
Liverpool hospital are holding a ‘crutch amnesty’ in a
bid to get patients back on their feet more quickly.
An estimated 2,000 crutches went missing in the last four years
after being given to patients who were treated at the Accident and
Emergency Department at University Hospital Aintree.
Laura Des Landes, Nurse Practitioner in Aintree’s A&E Department
said:- “The crutches cost around £10 each, so the last four
years have cost us an estimated £20,000. The NHS needs to make best
use of every pound invested in it, so that’s why we’re holding this
amnesty for the return of crutches.”
In addition to draining NHS finances, not having enough crutches can
mean patients due to be discharged after treatment at the Accident
and Emergency Department having delays while staff match up
Laura added:- “It’s not usually the case that someone
deliberately holds on to a crutch. Patients just tend to forget to
return it when they’re back on their feet – they’re so pleased to be
walking again that they forget to let us have the crutches back.
Then, later on, if they remember about the crutch then they might
think that it’s too late. Actually, it doesn’t matter how long ago
someone received the crutches from us. If they let us have them back
then we’ll make sure that they get used by patients who need them.
We’re accepting crutches as an official ‘amnesty’, so we won’t be
bothering anyone with questions – we just want our crutches back so
that we can give patients the best care.”
Anyone who has any crutches can drop them off at the Accident and
Emergency Department on Lower Lane or call:- 0151 525 5980 and
report them via the Hospital switchboard.
Letters to editor:-
"FREE COURSES IN MERSEYSIDE?"
I read that 'Course costs unfair to OAPS (old Age Pensioner)'. Now
the other week my wife and I heard on a car radio that there were
free beginner courses on how to use the computer for elderly people
and others. So she set out to see where they were. Horror, all the
local libraries, and adult learning centres, actually charge. Then
another fact came to light, the charges for all courses have a £10
signing on charge, but only in Formby the charge is £37.50. If an
OAP therefore lives in the so called where there are a few very rich
people, then the OAP has to pay £27.50 more than if she/he lived in
Crosby, or Southport, or Bootle! Sefton Council seems to single out
Formby OAPs as an area deemed to be, not economically deprived.
However, at least Sefton Council do not charge anyone on benefit in
any area. That at least is fair, but it makes the other very
unfair." J Byrne Editors note:- Email us your views on this
to our news room via:-
Stamp and Swap for disability rights
THREE out of
four people (75%) would swap something in their life if they could,
according to a new survey undertaken by ADD International, the UK
based charity that works with disabled people in Africa and Asia to
promote their human rights.
The survey has been commissioned to test the nation’s willingness to
get behind the UK’s first-ever mass charity ‘swapathon’,
called Stamp and Swap, on Friday, 3 December 2010 in support of
disabled people’s rights.
Judging from the survey results, it appears the British people
definitely have the appetite for some fun and engagement to help a
► At least half (52%) would swap their bank balance.
► One in five (21%) would swap their job.
► More than one in six (15%) would swap their home.
► Even a small number (4%) would swap their partner.
Not surprisingly, David Beckham and Cheryl Cole were the most famous
figures for whom people would swap their lives with for a day. In
swapping homes, a third (33%) opted for Australia and New Zealand;
nearly a third (27%) chose Europe and for the other third (31%) it
was home sweet home in the UK.
Stamp and Swap invites individuals and organisations to get involved
by donating £5 to swap experiences or skills online, called LifeSwap,
or physical items, called SwapIt, at an organised event. The aim is
to create a fun, interactive day to support the rights of disabled
All people have to do is to go to:-
stampandswap.org make a small
donation of just £5 for an official “stamp of support”: their
passport to play.
Stamp and Swap has the support of celebrities including Kenyan-born
British paralympian Anne Wafula-Strike and former BBC TV Swap Shop
presenter Keith Chegwin.
Anne, who swapped a copy of her autobiography ‘In my dreams I dance’
for a jacket Keith wore on Swap Shop, says:- "Everyone should
join this campaign and support the rights of disabled people all
over the world. I understand from personal experience how important
it is to get everyone talking about and supporting issues about
ADD International is working on the campaign with UK disability
partners, notably RADAR and the National Centre for Independent
ADD International research also shows that a single £5 donation can
make a real difference, especially to disabled people in the poorest
countries. Amazingly, many disabled people living in remote areas of
Africa and Asia believe they are the only disabled people in the
world and that they have no rights at all. ADD-funded training gives
them the knowledge and confidence they need to ask for the rights
they are routinely denied. These include basic rights that most
people take for granted such as family life, basic healthcare,
respect and the chance to go to school and earn a living.
Stamp and Swap Day is on 3 December 2010, and it is the United
Nations designated International Day of Disabled People.
For more information, contact ADD International on:- 01373 473064,
follow Stamp and Swap on Twitter and Facebook.
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