|WINWICK HOSPITAL WARRINGTON|
EDITORIAL COMMENTWe have been visited recently by two important bodies - the General Nursing Council, and the Hospital Advisory Service. Plainly, they have the expertise to evaluate what they have seen. We look forward to the results of their recommendations. We are sorry to hear that two of our co-workers on The Standard are temporarily out of action. We trust that in neither case are things too serious, and hope to see them back in action soon.
SOCIAL THERAPY REPORT
What a Reception!On Sunday afternoon the Social Therapy Variety Show 'hit the road' and went along to Newchurch Hospital to give a performance for the patients who are mostly children (Mr. Boston, the new Secretary arranged the visit and came in especially to welcome us). We arrived at 1.30 p.m. to find the stage ready with lights and the room ready blacked out. A piano, organ, record player and sound equipment were available for our use and two changing rooms off stage. Although the performance wasn't due to start until 2.30 p.m. by 2.00 p.m. the hall was packed to capacity, standing room only, and by 2.15 p.m. even that was taken. The staff were well represented with many of them having come in voluntarily to ensure that as many patients as possible could see the show. Needless to say they weren't disappointed, the only hitch being a faulty record player which was soon replaced from one of the wards. Whilst the change-over was being made Mrs. Devine filled in with an impromptu sing-song involving all the children. Involvement, on Sunday, being the operative word. The audience were tremendously enthusiastic, clapping, cheering and joining in the singing. We again thank Mr. & Mrs. Martindale, who always go to any trouble in order to bring along the Morris Dancers; Mr. & Mrs. Thomasson of the League of Friends, who so kindly came along to help out in any way they could and finished up doing a lot of transporting for us; our volunteer workers, Geoff and John, who came to help backstage; Susan and Alan who also assist backstage and none the least, the cast, who incidentally get as much pleasure out of performing as do the audience watching. The afternoon was rounded off by us all sitting down to a super tea provided by Newchurch Hospital. As I said involvement was the operative word and a fair estimate would be approximately 300 people directly involved. Our next performance is on April 18th Rainhill Hospital and if we get half the reception, we'll be happy.
SportOn Thursday afternoon we had an all-ladies trip out to Lancaster Moor Hospital for a netball match which we won by 27 goals to 17.
K. APPLETON, P.T.I.
Regrettably, interest in the elections appeared to have declined this year, for only four spectators were present and the number of ballot papers received was approximately 30% down on last year.
The results of the poll were as follows:
|Charge Nurse||D. McKendrick||73 votes|
|Sister||C. Lythgoe||56 votes|
|S.E.N.||B. McAuley||45 votes|
|Deputy Charge Nurse||T. Flaherty||40 votes|
|Student Nurse||B. Nugent||36 votes|
|Assistant Education Officer||R. Bruton||16 votes|
|Senior Clinical Psychologist||E. Bromley||13 votes|
|Art Therapist||B. Naylor||10 votes|
Mr. D. McKendrick
Mr. G. Woodward
Miss J. Rayner (Secretarial)