Manx Care

Manx Care is reassuring the public that essential services are currently being maintained. 

There are a number of services and clinics that are continuing to operate face-to-face services. These are: 

  • Emergency Department
  • Oncology Day Unit & Clinics
  • Rheumatology Department & Day Assessment Treatment Unit
  • Audiology
  • Haematology
  • Blood Clinic
  • Paediatrics
  • Ophthalmology – Macular Clinics and Paediatrics
  • Radiology
  • Antenatal Clinics
  • Fracture Clinics Fracture and Orthopaedic Clinics in Ramsey District Cottage Hospital 
  • Outpatient Therapy Clinics (i.e. physiotherapy, podiatry, speech therapy etc)
  • Anticoagulation clinics
  • Diabetes and endocrine clinics at the Diabetes Centre 

All services operated by Social Care teams continue to operate as normal however visiting is suspended in Manx Care’s older persons care homes.

Services in Primary Care are continuing, with GPs providing face-to-face appointments where clinically necessary and telephone appointments where it is appropriate.  Dental and optical practices are continuing to see patients face-to-face but patients are requested to ‘know before they go’ and undertake a lateral flow test before attending any Primary Care appointments.

Chief Executive, Teresa Cope explained: “We constantly monitor our staffing and demand levels across the whole organisation to ensure that staff are where they are most needed. We would like to thank our dedicated staff for their ongoing flexible approach to delivering care within health and social care settings.

The Guild

The organisers of The Guild have announced that the renowned Musical Theatre star John Owen-Jones will be performing at the Festival on Friday April 29.

As a record-breaking West End and Broadway actor and singer who is best known for his critically acclaimed and award-winning performances as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and as The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, it is date for the diary for all fans of musical theatre. John Owen-Jones has performed extensively as an actor in theatre and television and as an accomplished concert performer having played many solo headline shows around the UK and overseas.

The Dandara-sponsored Manx Music Festival runs from April 23 to 30 with over 200 classes in music, speech and drama.  On Friday, 29, the six best singers will compete against each other for the coveted Cleveland Medal, the highest accolade for singing in the Isle of Man.

Kirk Michael

Temporary three way traffic lights have been installed this week on Main Road, Kirk Michael. These are to facilitate work on the Balliera Road junction being undertaken as part of the pavement improvement scheme in the village. It is expected that the traffic lights will be in place for approximately three weeks.

England

Boris Johnson says he hopes England can ‘ride out’ the current wave of Covid-19 without further restrictions. But he acknowledged parts of the NHS would feel ‘temporarily overwhelmed’ amid a surge of Omicron cases. The PM said there was a ‘good chance’ he would not impose fresh measures and would recommend continuing the government’s ‘Plan B’ strategy in England to ministers on Wednesday. He also announced plans for 100,000 critical workers to take daily tests. The testing regime from 10 January will be for key industries including food processing, transport and the border force, in order to reduce the spread of the virus to colleagues.

Prince Andrew

A US judge will decide ‘soon’ whether a civil sex assault case against the Duke of York will be dismissed, following the latest hearing in New York. Prince Andrew’s lawyer told Judge Lewis A Kaplan that the duke could be covered by a 2009 deal his accuser, Virginia Giuffre, made with Jeffrey Epstein.

Prince Andrew, Virginia Roberts (now Giuffre) and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001

Ms Giuffre is suing the prince claiming he sexually assaulted her – when she was 17 and a minor in some US states. The Duke denies the allegations.

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