“Given the scale and depth of its significance to this island and its future - Brexit will be top of the SDLP agenda in post-election negotiations. It is our number one priority now and it will remain our number one priority.”
The Southern Trust had information stands displayed in Craigavon and Newry this week to celebrate Care Day NI, an event co-ordinated by VOYPIC (Voice of Young People in Care) on February 15.
Care Day NI offers an opportunity for Health Organisations to raise the profile of children in care and care leavers, and allow young people to highlight their positive experiences.
Children and Young People’s Services across the Trust celebrated stories of success, promoting care and sharing experiences, through information stands which were hosted by young people from the 16 Plus Service.
The stands were held in Craigavon Area Hospital and The Quays Shopping Centre, Newry.
The Southern Trust’s Director of Children’s and Young People’s Services, Paul Morgan, was delighted with the efforts to celebrate the national event.
“We are proud of all of our young people and delighted that so many of them have participated in promoting Care Day.
“We hope that when local people hear the positive experiences of our young people and the difference that a foster carer can make to their life that they may consider finding out more.”
If you are interested in becoming a foster carer, the Family Placement Team would love to hear from you on Tel: 028 3833 7181.
Click here to find out more about Care Day.
A new campaign has been launched this week to remind people how to use the GP Out of hours service (GPOOH).
Dr Sandra Elliott, Medical Manager for GPOOH says; “GP Out of Hours is only for patients with urgent care needs that cannot wait until their own GP surgery re-opens. Unfortunately we receive many calls about non urgent conditions. This places huge pressure on the service and means people with real urgent problems sometimes aren’t seen as quickly as they could be.”
The new campaign aims to get this message across using targeted social media, radio and outdoor advertising.
Dr Elliott adds: “People often phone for minor problems such as colds, sore throats sprains, hangovers, headlice, nappy rash, needing repeat prescriptions or even because they were just too busy during the day to contact their own GP service. When GPOOH is misused like this, it can cause delays for someone with a genuine urgent problem. So we are encouraging everyone to wait if you can, and only call us if you can’t.”
How the service works:
- GP Out of Hours is available from 6pm to 8am Monday to Friday, all day Saturday, Sunday and on Bank Holidays.
- Always phone first on 028 3839 9201.
- A specially trained call handler takes the patient’s details and codes the call (Emergency/Urgent/Routine).
- The call then transfers to a computerised list which the Clinicians, including GPs Nurses and Pharmacists, work through to prioritise.
A clinician will phone the patient back to make an assessment. About 50% of patients receive telephone advice or may need a prescription but do not need to attend a centre. A minority of housebound patients will receive a home visit and others may be advised to attend a more appropriate service like the Minor Injuries Unit, Emergency Department or the Emergency Dental service.
To view the latest infomercial click here.
Annual Dinner Dance
Police are appealing for information following the report of a car on fire at Ballyvalley Road, Mayobridge in the early hours of this morning, Friday, 10 February at approximately 2.25am.
Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly has dismissed claims by Arlene Foster that this 'election is about republicans trying to rewrite the past' as a ludicrous attempt to distract the electorate from the RHI scandal and sectarianise the election.
Sinn Féin’s Fra McCann has said figures released by the Department of Communities showing a 5.8 per cent increase in people presenting as homeless shows the need for additional social housing.
"Thanks a million folks and safe home”. If ever you left the Stables, the Commercial or the Kings Inn on any night over the years - that was the farewell greeting you got from the proprietor Gerry King when he let you out at closing time.
I could not say that you didn’t get a farewell or a thank you from any other establishment but I can say you always got it from Gerry. It’s a simple thing but one which said thank you for your custom which went a long way. Something you always remember.
Gerry passed away last week following an illness he fought bravely. Many club members would have spent many great times in his establishment from the running around years to the settled years and beyond. Gerry was a permanent fixture over that time. So Gerry all we can say to you now is thanks a million to you for your service to us and we know that you are now home safely.
The Executive Committee and Members wish to extend to his wife Carmel, his son’s and club members John and Gerard, son Charles and daughter Mary all our sincere sympathy for their loss. We also extend our sympathy to his brothers Raymond and Cyril, his sister Colette and the wide family circle at this time. Ar dheis de go raibh a anam dilis.
On Thursday February 9th at 7.15pm sharp in St Malachys Primary School we will have our second coaching session in our "Back to basics" coaching course. All juvenile coaches and those from the club who are interested in becoming involved in juvenile coaching in all codes are invited to attend and please still come along even if you missed the first session.
This is a fantastic opportunity for both new and experienced coaches in an interactive session to learn new coaching skills and to brush up on your existing coaching skills. We would ask everyone to please avail of this opportunity and come along. The session will last one and a half hours. Look forward to seeing you there.
The clubs annual senior awards night will be held in the club rooms on Saturday 5th March. Special guest on the night is former Armagh player and double all star Oisín McConville. Tickets are £20 each and are available from Kevin Sweeney.
Senior hurling training will start this Thursday 9th at 7:30 in the Dublin road complex. All players new and old welcome.
Minor football training will also commence this week on Wednesday 8th, all players are asked to be in the Dublin road complex for 7:15.
On Monday 24th April a large cycle event called "Cycle against suicide break the cycle" will becoming to Castlewellan. The event will see the town host up to 250 cyclists and crew. This event organisers are looking for a number of local volunteers to host cyclists over night. If anyone would like to help in anyway possible please Anne McGowan via their website www.cycleagainstsuicide.com.
This weeks lotto results are 14,15,18 and 20, there was no winner this week, next weeks jackpot is £3800. Tickets avaukble in usual outlets and in the clubrooms.
- FACE: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
- ARM weakness: Can the person raise both arms?
- SPEECH problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?
- TIME to call 999