SAPPHIRE IS YOUNG POET LAUREATE FOR HEREFORDSHIRE
Talented Ross-on-Wye youngster, Sapphire de Sousa Stayton
has been by chosen by Herefordshire Libraries to be the
first ever Young Poet Laureate for the county.
aged 12 performed in the final judging event at The Courtyard
Centre for the Arts on Thursday, 18th June, competing against
four other short-listed young poets in front of a live audience
and a panel of judges. It was a nerve wracking final and
a close fought competition. The other finalists were Maddie
Watts and Lottie Mapp, both from John Masefield School in
Ledbury, Katherine Jenkins from St Richards School Bromyard,
and Gabrielle Johnson from Hereford Waldorf School.
who goes to Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls, was
amazed by her win and said she was so happy that her mum
had persuaded her to enter the competition. 'The understated
expression of surprised delight on Sapphire's face when
her name was announced was a poetic moment in itself,' said
Mick Ligema, the council's assistant cultural services manager,
who was one of the judges.
Competition opened in February this year and 28 young hopefuls
aged between 11 and 19 submitted four of their own poems
with one on the theme of 'heroes and heroines.' Organizer
of the competition, Librarian Anne-Marie Dossett said, 'I
was so impressed with the standard of the entries. We seem
to have lots of talented young poets in Herefordshire.'
will be in post for a year. She will perform her poems at
the Youth Games in July and at the prestigious Ledbury Poetry
Festival on Monday, 6th July at 1.30pm at a free event called
Out Loud. Her winning 'Heroes' poem will be made into a
postcard especially for National Poetry Day which will be
distributed throughout the West Midlands. Throughout the
year she will get meet other poets and have the chance to
perform alongside them.
competition was organized by Herefordshire Libraries, Poetry
on Loan and The Courtyard Centre for the Arts, and will
run again next year to find the second Young Poet Laureate
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de Sousa Staynton - Young Poet Laureate for Herefordshire 2009.
DON'T GIVE BURGLARS EXTRA OPPORTUNITY DURING THE HOT SPELL
Britain heads for a spell of hot weather, West Mercia Police
is reminding local residents not to leave their homes vulnerable
to burglars in their attempts to keep cool. Both during
the day and overnight while you sleep it is tempting to
leave doors and windows open - but it is important that
you don't open up opportunities for thieves to enter your
Kevin Purcell, Head of Policing Operations in Herefordshire,
said, 'Up to half of all burglaries are committed by thieves
who enter the house through an unlocked door or an open
window and there is traditionally a spike in the number
of these crimes during heat waves. While Herefordshire is
a safe place to live, it is important we all make sure thieves
don't have an opportunity to spoil our enjoyment of the
leave open or unlocked doors or accessible windows in unoccupied
rooms. For example, if you are in the back garden and leave
the front door open, it would only take a matter of seconds
for an opportunist thief to walk in and steal items from
your home. Remember to lock up properly before you go to
bed and only leave windows open in the rooms where people
who are going away over the summer should ask themselves
the question, 'Does my home look lived in?' Take the following
simple steps to make sure your property is less vulnerable
to burglars and you can enjoy your holiday with peace of
· Use timer switches/sensors to turn lights on in the evenings
while you are out
· Invest in external lighting
· Mark your belongings with your postcode and house number
or purchase some SmartWater from your local Police Station.
· If you have an alarm, set it when you leave the house.
· Ensure papers, post, milk etc. are cancelled or removed
from sight by a neighbour
· Ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your home
while you're away.
JOIN THE CONSULTATION ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN LEA
housing in the village of Lea will come under the spotlight
during a special event to be held in the village hall on
Friday, 10th July. The 'Lea affordable housing consultation
event' runs from 2.30pm until 6.30pm and will give locals
the chance to share their views with representatives from
Herefordshire Council and the Gloucestershire Housing Association.
two organizations are keen to obtain the views of locals
on land opportunities for affordable housing in the village
and the event is open to everyone. Officers will also be
available to answer any queries visitors may have about
the housing needs survey, which is taking place in the village
and examines what quantity and kind of housing is needed
in the area.
ROSS LIONS PROVIDE NEW BATONS FOR ROSS PHOENIX MAJORETTES
Tracy Cox, the Corps Director of the Ross Phoenix Majorettes,
contacted the Ross-on-Wye Lions when she needed new batons
for the junior section of her organisation. At a cost of
£150 it was too much for their funds so the Lions came to
Lions know that the Majorettes are a very well organised
group with good discipline and are good ambassadors for
the town of Ross. Whatever competition they go into they
always give of their best and invariably do very well. They
needed ten new batons for their juniors and now they can
fling them into the air with confidence. There are 22 members
in the group, aged between five and eleven years and they
train twice a week at the Larruperz Centre.
Lions think the Majorettes set a good example for other
youngsters and would like to see more join them. They wish
Tracy and the Majorettes all the best for the future.
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Lions present Ross Phoenix Majorettes with a cheque to purchase
some much needed new batons.
LAST CALL FOR CANDIDATES FOR WALFORD PARISH COUNCIL ELECTION
wanting to stand in an election to vote for a new councillor
for Walford parish council have until midday this coming
Friday, 3rd July to get their nomination forms in.
forms are available from Herefordshire council's Electoral
Services Office in Hereford Town Hall or can be obtained
from parish clerk Mrs J. M. Perry, Middle Park Farm, Coughton,
Ross-on-Wye, HR9 5SF. Completed forms need to be handed
in to the team at the Town Hall by noon on Friday.
candidates come forward for the election, it will take place
on Thursday, 30th July. The list of candidates will be published
on Tuesday, 7th July, although candidates have until midday
the following day to withdraw.
WEST MERCIA POLICE NEED YOUR OPINIONS
an attempt to better understand what local people think
about policing in their area, from this summer West Mercia
Police will consult them four times more often. Every year,
in partnership with Safer Herefordshire (formerly the Herefordshire
Community Safety and Drugs Partnership), the force carries
out the Crime and Safety Survey to establish local people's
views on those issues which matter most to them, such as
crime and antisocial behaviour. However, from Monday, 29th
June, this surveying will be undertaken quarterly, rather
than annually, so the force can more quickly respond to
issues of concern to our communities.
Residents living across the West Mercia area, including
Herefordshire, are selected on a random basis and asked
to complete a postal survey that seeks their opinions on
a range of issues, including: their
opinion of West Mercia Police, their experience of dealing
with the police in the last 12 months, their local neighbourhood
issues, worry about crime, their experiences of being a
victim of crime and their experiences of reporting crime
to West Mercia Police. The
survey also asks residents to state what they believe to
be the priorities in their local area which the police and
partners should be tackling.
Superintendent Nick Mason, Head of Strategy, Performance
and Communications, said, 'The Crime and Safety Partnership
survey allows people to tell us honestly what they think
about local policing in their area. Stepping up this surveying
to a quarterly basis means we can get a better idea of any
emerging trends in people's opinions and we can react more
quickly to what they are telling us. Improving the confidence
and satisfaction of our communities is key for West Mercia
Police: consulting local residents on a more frequent basis
will help us and our partner agencies react to their needs
and provide them with a better service.
are also interested in the level of people's worries and
fears about crime because these can often be out of proportion
to actual crime levels. This is particularly important across
West Mercia as it remains an area of low levels of crime
and antisocial behaviour. Sometimes problems exist that
do need to be tackled directly; however on other occasions
more visible patrolling and improved communication between
the police and the community are the key to providing reassurance.
If you get a survey in the post, please fill it out and
return it to us. It's an opportunity for you to shape the
way Herefordshire is policed. To help the force address
local needs many of the survey questions ask people to think
about their neighbourhood area when answering. There are
also questions relating specifically to initiatives going
on in Herefordshire which will help us to assess how well
people think these are working.'
Rose, Safer Herefordshire Partnership Manager added, 'Safer
Herefordshire is proud to work in partnership with West
Mercia Police, ensuring that we are proactively addressing
the concerns of the public and working together to make
Herefordshire an even safer place to live, work and visit.'
you don't receive a survey, you can still have your say.
Partners and Communities Together (PACT) gives you the chance
to tell your local policing team, local authority and other
partner agencies about the issues causing concern in your
neighbourhood and which ones you want them to deal with
as a priority. Once the community agrees on the top priorities,
they'll work together to address them. Find out more about
PACT, including dates for forthcoming meetings and events
in your area, by visiting the West Mercia Police website
at www.westmercia.police.uk or by calling 0300 333 3000.
MONMOUTH MOSAIC PROJECT COMPLETE
Fifteen community and school groups took part in a massive
painted mosaics project which is now displayed in the subway
which links Monmouth Leisure Centre with Monmouth Quay.
The painstaking work took many hours but for those that
took part the satisfaction was immense.
celebrate the completion of this art project everybody involved,
including representatives from all the schools and community
groups and those organizations involved in funding and managing
the project met up on Monday 29th June to view the finished
display and to see Ashley Thomas from the Wye Valley Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) officially unveil of
the new look subway.
project has been part of the Overlooking the Wye Scheme
managed through the Wye Valley Area AONB Partnership. The
scheme is part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with
matched funding contributed by partners including the Monmouthshire
Community Safety Partnership. The work on the subway was
designed to have two functions. The Community Safety Function
is to enhance the subway, by providing a community art project
which would reduce graffiti in the area and combat fear
of crime in order that more people will use the subway.
The other function of the pictures is to provide a historic
link between the town of Monmouth, the quay and the Wye
Valley as a whole via the scenes portrayed in the paintings.
in life, these pictures become clear with perspective, stand
back and a Trow on the Wye, a man with a Coracle, Symonds
Yat Hill Fort, The Kymin and many more Images of the Wye
Valley come into view. The method used to make these pictures
was the brainchild of Ned Heywood a local artist and potter
from Chepstow. The pictures were transformed into pixels
using a code letter to identify sixteen shades of grey between
white and black. Wire mesh was pinned to each board and
the painters read off the colour code and grid reference
and then painted each individual square. There are 13,824
squares on each picture so that is 193,536 altogether so
you can imagine the work involved. Yet despite this hard
labour all the groups have been delighted with the end result
and the experience of the process.
. . .
of the many people that were involved in the mammoth Monmouth mosaic
schools found it was a very useful task for the children
as it required concentration and patience and the simplicity
of the task meant that people of any age could complete
a painting. It also gave everyone that took part an excuse
to learn a little bit about the history of the Wye Valley.
Several of the pictures illustrate the important connection
the river had to the life of the valley, for transport and
Wye was once an industrial valley, metals, lime, wood and
stone products were transported up and down the river. The
quays at Monmouth were one of the important points on that
transport route. What remains of the quay now is only a
small part of a long row of quays and warehouses along the
riverside. Much of the evidence of that industrial past
is lost in Monmouth under the bypass but further along the
Wye evidence can still be seen. The remains of the Forge
and lime kiln at Symonds Yat, the Furnace, Wire works and
Mill in Tintern and the railway bridges at Redbrook and
Lydbrook and many other sites, all hint at a Wye Valley
very different from today. The
Overlooking the Wye scheme is conserving many of the important
historical features in the Wye Valley, famous Viewpoints
such as Eagles nest at Piercefield, Hill forts such as Little
Doward, River Connections such as the Monmouth and Brockweir
Quays, and the Industrial Heritage such as Angidy Furnace.
McCarty of the Community Safety Partnership said, 'This
has been a very successful project engaging with a diverse
range of community groups that has provided community pride
into an area making it much more attractive for the public
to use as a safe route to cross the road to access the river
and its amenities.'
Thomas of Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
and Chair of the Joint Advisory Committee added, 'This project
will benefit those that use the subway, but it has also
given all those who were involved in painting these pictures
a chance to learn about the wonderful history of the Wye
CABINET GIVES GO AHEAD TO RETAIL QUARTER AND MULTI SCREEN CINEMA
Council's cabinet has agreed that final negotiations will
now take place on a new retail quarter for Hereford. It
will see the city get its first multi screen cinema, as
well as a range of high-quality, household name stores.
gave approval on Thursday, 25th June for negotiations to
be finalized prior to the signing of the development agreement
between the council, ESG Herefordshire and developers Stanhope
plc. This will pave the way for the regeneration of the
old livestock market site into a new scheme that will revitalize
the whole city centre. The first phase of the project will
start in 2011. It
is intended to herald a range of substantial economic and
social benefits for the county, including a new multi screen
cinema, new restaurants, department stores, car parking
and high quality pedestrianized streets with connections
to the city's High Town and Maylord Centre, all helping
to generate a thriving new evening economy.
at the cabinet meeting, Councillor Adrian Blackshaw said,
'An important element in the development is the plan to
ensure connections between the historic heart and the extended
city centre are excellent, so that the blending of old and
new results in a stronger single identity for Hereford.'
Almost entirely owned by Herefordshire Council, the retail
and leisure quarter is the first slice in the regeneration
of the entire 100-acre ESG site. The 20-year project is
Hereford's biggest development since the building of its
ancient cathedral in the twelfth century.
of the council Roger Phillips said, 'Hereford is supported
in its vision by Advantage West Midlands and other agencies
and we have an opportunity now to start to deliver a scheme
that will bring the big high quality retailers to the city
that will also support what we already have in terms of
a unique variety of independent shops and businesses.'
Stanhope's selection as preferred partner for the development
in February 2008, the company has been negotiating a final
development mix and designs for the site. Stanhope will
progress the planning process, negotiate with various agencies,
demolish existing buildings and construct the approved scheme,
letting to retailers, restaurants, and leisure providers,
and manage the completed scheme according to its agreement
with Herefordshire Council. A 250-year lease to be granted
to the developer once the scheme has been completed. The
retail quarter is one of the key elements of the regeneration
of the city. The 12.5-acre site includes 9.9 acres of council-owned
area and, as a condition of the development agreement, Stanhope
will fund the acquisition of any further land and property
required to bring the development to fruition.
discussed the development agreement in public session but
reserved its negotiating positive in private session to
ensure it gets the best possible deal for council taxpayers.
The signature of the development agree it will give greater
certainty to the overall scheme and the funding package
required to finance the wider Edgar Street Grid regeneration,
as well as concluding the open market selection of Stanhope
as the preferred developer. Jonathan Bretherton, chief executive
of ESG added, 'Whilst other places are faltering, Hereford
continues to attract support from Advantage West Midlands,
national government agencies and the very best of developers
in the UK. Why? Because they believe that this council delivers
and Hereford is going places. This combination is hard won
and other cities would dearly love to have a piece of it.'
Bourne, of Stanhope, said, 'It is very exciting to have
reached this point, which is the culmination of a year of
hard work by both Stanhope and ESG to firm up the development
plans. With a first phase including an 8-screen cinema,
restaurants, shops and new public space, the old livestock
market is poised to become a vibrant new quarter for the
enjoyment of Hereford residents, that will also draw in
people living further afield'.
board of ESG Herefordshire is recommending to the council
that the development of the retail quarter is realized in
defined stages and will be under constant review to ensure
measured progress in line with the recovery of the economy.
A planning application for phase one is expected to be made
by Stanhope next summer, with work starting a year later.
The development will be funded by Stanhope plc. This development
of this first phase will coincide with the Herefordshire
Council's refurbishment of the Butter Market as part of
the whole city centre regeneration programme.
JESSE PLEASED AT SCHOOLS REMOVAL FROM SPECIAL MEASURES STATUS
Schools campaigner Jesse Norman has congratulated Clehonger
C of E Primary School on its achievement in emerging from
special measures status. Following an inspection, OFSTED
announced last week that the school was no longer in special
has been a strong supporter of the school, and will be one
of the judges at the school's annual Carnival this week.
Commenting on the news, he said, 'This is fantastic news
for the school. It should never have been placed into special
measures in the first place, and it has done brilliantly
to emerge so quickly from them. As Maths Hat day last year
showed, the school has an extraordinary creativity and energy.
Many congratulations to Sue Jones and all the staff, as
well as the pupils and parents for all their hard work.'
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delighted Jesse with some of the pupils of Clehonger C of E Primary
THEFT OF 4 X 4 TOYOTA AND CARAVAN FROM LITTLE MARCLE
Police are appealing for information following the theft
of a Toyota 4x4 pickup vehicle and a caravan, which was
stolen during a separate incident. The first theft occurred
between 9.30pm on Sunday, 28th and 6am on Monday, 29th June
when thieves broke into a secure Toyota Hilux 4x4 pickup,
registration number C606RPA, and somehow managed to start
it and drive it away from the address in Little Marcle,
short while after, police believe the thieves approached
a caravan park in nearby Little Tarrington and forced open
the wooden gates. They then hitched up a cream-coloured
Stirling Eccles Topaz 2-berth touring caravan to the back
of the Toyota and drove off with it. Although nobody saw
the Toyota being driven off with the caravan in tow, Police
have found some contents of the stolen vehicle abandoned
at the roadside near the caravan theft and are satisfied
that this was the vehicle used to steal the caravan.
would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious activity
in the Little Marcle / Little Tarrington areas in the early
hours on Monday morning or from anyone who may know the
current whereabouts of the Toyota and the caravan.
with information should contact Matt Clayton in the Public
Service Desk at Hereford Police Station on 0300 333 3000
or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
LAST MINUTE INJUNCTION PUTS STOP TO OPENING OF TRADITIONAL MARKET
much anticipated opening of the relocated traditional open
retail market in Hereford's city centre on Saturday, 27th
June has been temporarily blocked by an interim injunction
obtained by a trader from the city's Butter Market. The
injunction, which prevents the relocation of the market,
was granted on Tuesday, 23rd June by the High Court of Justice
- but without Herefordshire Council being notified or allowed
to make the case for the market. The council will be applying
to have the injunction lifted but this is unlikely to take
effect in time for the planned opening.
injunction was taken out by Len Tawn, chairman of the Butter
Market Traders Association, which is against the traditional
market taking place in the city centre. The council had
engaged entertainment to ensure the grand opening would
be a great family day out. 'The last minute timing of Mr
Tawn's injunction has caused maximum inconvenience to local
people and the council's efforts to bring colour, life and
customers to Hereford city centre,' said Michael Hainge,
director of environment and culture. 'We believe Mr Tawn
has scored a spectacular own goal in bringing his legal
action, which the council will vigorously contest. We can
only apologize to visitors, shoppers and businesses alike
for this disappointment and temporary setback. Consultation
showed great public support for the retail market to move
from its old site of the livestock market to the city centre,
in order to breathe new life into the Wednesday and Saturday
market and encourage not just locals but shoppers from further
afield to visit Hereford.'
Council is committed to ensuring the popular retail market
is held in High Town and is seeking legal advice to ensure
that the grand opening can take place in the very near future.
In the meantime the market will continue to be open and
trading at its current site at the livestock market in Hereford
every Wednesday and Saturday.
has been allowed over Colwall's new £1.5 million railway
bridge for the first time since August 2007 last Friday
after workmen completed work on site. The bridge had been
closed due to concerns over its strength. It had been reopened
to light traffic in December 2007 following structural analysis
and the installation of a safe route over the bridge. Herefordshire
Council worked with Network Rail, the owners of the bridge,
to fast-track the construction of the new bridge.
would normally take around three years for a bridge like
this to be designed and built but the Colwall bridge has
been built in just half this time. 'This bridge is vital
to the communities in and around Colwall,' said Councillor
Wilcox. 'I'm delighted that the day has finally come and
local residents and businesses in and around the village
can now use the bridge.'
new bridge, which has a single lane controlled by traffic
lights, includes wider footways on both sides of the carriageway
to make it safer for pedestrians and cyclists to use. Chris
Rayner, route director, Network Rail said, 'Network Rail
is delighted that this project has reached completion both
on time and within budget. I would like to take this opportunity
to thank local residents for their patience and support
during the work.'
formal opening of the bridge is planned to take place in
DON'T GET DONE WHEN GOING DIGITAL
switch over to digital television in the West Midlands is
on track for 2011 which may still seem some way off, but
Herefordshire Council's trading standards department, Consumer
Direct and Digital UK are warning residents to be on their
guard against cowboy contractors as the final part of the
Rogue Trader Awareness Month Campaign.
the last six months, advice service Consumer Direct has
received more than a dozen calls from residents who believe
they have been targeted by cold-calling rogues offering
unnecessary upgrades or charging exorbitant fees. According
to Digital UK, the independent not-for profit organization
leading the switch over, most households will not need a
new aerial, but may need a 'set top' box to plug into the
television. Some TVs already have a digital box inside,
often called an Integrated Digital TV or iDTV.
UK has teamed up with Trading Standards to encourage residents
who believe they may need a new aerial to use contractors
who are 'Registered Digital Installers' (RDIs) and display
the digital tick logo - this means they are approved and
security-checked with the relevant qualifications and insurance.
A full listing of RDI installers in the can be found at
the RDI Licensing Body's site www.rdi-lb.tv Tim Thorne,
principal trading standards officer for Herefordshire Council,
said, 'In Herefordshire we have had complaints about excessive
quotes, including for unnecessary work. There have also
been allegations of elderly consumers being threatened with
a call-out fee as a means of coercing them into accepting
quotes far higher than the estimate they were given on the
phone. Such practices are illegal and should be reported.
Elderly vulnerable people as usual are most at risk of being
taken advantage of so if residents do have elderly relatives
who do not have digital then it is a good idea and easy
to establish what they need to receive it. Often it is as
simple as plugging in a £20 freeview box to their existing
television and aerial. Follow the Digital UK guidance if
in any doubt.'
UK have ten top tips for viewers, to help them to avoid
There's no such thing as a digital aerial. Most existing
aerials are fine for receiving digital TV, though five-to-ten
per cent may need replacing for switch over if they're in
2. Remember you don't need a new TV to get digital. Almost
any set, even old black and white models without a Scart
socket, can be converted by adding a set top box. They cost
from about £25.
3. Nobody from Digital UK or any other organization linked
to switch over such as the Switch over Help Scheme will
come to your house unless you've arranged an appointment
yourself. If you have arranged for work to be done, always
make sure you ask for identification.
4. Don't agree to have work done by an aerial installer
who calls without an appointment and fails to show identification.
5. Use the test card at teletext p284 for guidance on whether
you need a new aerial for switch over
6. If you do need aerial work, look for a Registered Digital
Installer carrying the 'digital tick' logo. For more help
and advice, check the Digital UK website at www.digitaluk.co.uk.
7. If you can't find one, look for a member of the recognized
trade bodies (CAI or IDSC).
8. Failing that, ask family and friends to recommend installers
with a good track record, and get written quotations for
the work from at least three.
9. Before work starts, agree the price, payment arrangements
and start/finish dates. Don't pay for work upfront.
10. If you suspect you have been ripped off, or that there
is a rogue trader in your area, call Consumer Direct on
08454 04 05 06. More information can be found at www.digitaluk.co.uk
or by calling 08456 50 50 50.
VILLAGERS CELEBRATE NEW BUS SERVICE FOR WELLINGTON HEATH
Villagers in Wellington Health are hopping on board a newly-introduced
bus service which they have fought for with the help of
Herefordshire Council. Locals
in the village, situated near Ledbury, rallied round and
contacted the council when they wanted a replacement for
a poorly used service which picked up in the village just
twice a week.
great news,' said Patrick Adams, Chairman of Wellington
Heath Parish Council. 'We've now got a much improved two-hourly
service running six days a week which began on Saturday,
27th June.' And there's even more good news for villagers
as the bus service, provided by Malvernian Coaches, has
agreed to divert one service per day to collect from the
Farmers Arms pub in the village, which will enable older
people and those with mobility problems to catch the bus
without having to negotiate a difficult climb up a steep
hill to catch the bus on its regular route. Herefordshire
Council is working with its contractor, Amey, to install
six bus stops around the village at locations chosen by
many of our rural villages, a regular bus service to and
from the village is a lifeline,' said Herefordshire Council's
public transport officer Paul Williamson. 'We're delighted
that Malvernian Coaches has come on board with the scheme
and we hope villagers make best use of the new service which
gives them quick and easy access into Ledbury and other
parts of the county.'
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Adams of Wellington Heath Parish Council with residents of the village,
celebrate the new bus service.
TWO FURTHER CASES OF SWINE FLU CONFIRMED IN HEREFORDSHIRE
Herefordshire and Herefordshire Council have reported the
second and third confirmed cases of swine flu in the county.
One confirmed case is a university student who returned
home with symptoms, is responding well to treatment and
has, together with immediate contacts, been given a course
of anti viral drugs. The other case is a man in his 40s
and public health personnel are now tracing immediate contacts
to provide anti viral drugs as a precautionary measure.
1,358 confirmed cases of swine flu in the West Midlands
and a total of 3,597 in the United Kingdom, the NHS has
announced it has moved beyond the point where intensive
containment of swine flu can be sustained. Due to the relatively
low number of confirmed cases in Herefordshire, the county's
director of public health states the county will continue
to work hard to restrict the spread of swine flu. We will
make the anti viral drug Tamiflu available to treat people
at risk of complications.
want to thank everyone in our hospitals, GP practices, the
NHS and council services who are working hard to help identify
possible cases and put preparations in place in case we
do move to an outbreak stage,' said Director of Public Health,
Dr Akeem Ali. 'I wish to remind everyone that the illness
is moderate but good respiratory and hand hygiene is the
single most important thing people can do, at home, work
or at school, to reduce their chances of catching the virus.
Always use a tissue to catch your sneezes, throw away used
tissues and regularly wash your hands.'
you do feel unwell, then please stay at home and call NHS
Direct on 0845 4647 or your doctor's surgery rather than
going to GP surgeries or accident and emergency. Herefordshire's
first case was reported earlier in June and was a man, returning
from holiday in an affected area, who contacted the primary
care trust out-of-hours service and has recovered well after
treatment at home. A Public Health Incident Team was established
in Herefordshire in April, together with a Swine Flu incident
room and a Herefordshire Flu help line, which will be activated
if required. Both
the primary care trust and the council have identified staff
who can be switched from their normal duties to support
preparations, such as staffing the flu line and helping
to manage the distribution of anti viral medicine if necessary,
while ensuring that the other usual health and council services
are reminded that the Department of Health has a Swine Flu
Information Line - 0800 1513513 - which contains pre-recorded
messages giving background to the disease and what we can
all do to prevent its spread. It will refer callers who
need more assistance to NHS Direct. The Department of Health
has distributed swine flu information leaflets, as part
of a national door drop, but people can obtain further copies
of the leaflets by downloading them from www.direct.gov.uk/swineflu.
council and the primary care trust have made translations
of the flu leaflets available on their web sites to help
migrant and seasonal workers stay healthy too. Information
for public can be found on: www.nhs.uk and www.hpa.org.uk
- as well as on the council's website www.herefordshire.gov.uk
and the primary care trust web site http://www.herefordshire.nhs.uk