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20 September 2013 at 15:54
A leading Government advisor has praised a NHS trust for its “excellent” efforts to support the health and well-being off staff.

Professor Dame Carol Black was officially opening Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s Health and Well-being Centre at Ormskirk hospital.

She said: “One of the great things about this centre, which is a really excellent thing to do, is the combining of conventional occupational health and safety with real prevention and promotion of health and well-being.

“You’re recognising that people’s mental and physical well-being must be part of the same thing. You can’t have occupational health over here and wellbeing over there. They need to be together.”

Trust chairman Sir Ron Watson CBE and staff from across the Trust joined Dame Carol for the opening ceremony.

The centre provides a range of services for staff including health screening; an occupational vaccination programme; support for sick staff; management of inoculation injuries; advice on rehabilitation and ill health retirement; and, access to physiotherapy and counseling services.

Linda Lewis, Health and Well-being Manager, said: “I am very lucky to have such a brilliant, knowledgeable and supportive team around me. I have also been overwhelmed by the support that has been provided to assist us in the preparation for the opening.”

Sharon Partington, Director of HR and Communications, added: “Developing the Health and Well-being Centre represents is significant investment by the Trust and value and demonstrates the importance we place in the welfare of our staff.”

Picture shows Dame Carol Black at the centre with a plaque to mark the occasion.

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We have a budget of £181m and employ 3,300 staff. In 2012/13, our staff saw 247,605 outpatients; treated 60,635 inpatients; supported the birth of 3,043 babies; and attended to 98,163 urgent care cases.