Northern Wellbeing

The Northern Wellbeing Partnership team will be holding public drop-in events in the coming weeks.

Following the rollout of the Southern and Western Wellbeing Partnerships in recent years, Manx Care is looking for input from residents regarding health and social care services in the North of the island.

Informal drop-in events are taking place at the following times:

  • Thursday March 24, 10.30am – 3.30pm, at Sulby Methodist Hall 
  • Monday March 28, 10.30am – 3.30pm, at Andreas Parish Hall 

Everyone is welcome to come along to share their ideas and meet the team. Refreshments will also be served. If you would like to share your views but are unable to attend, please contact Gary Lord on 685156, or Caroline Jagger on 686432.

Electric Cars

More than 50 owners of electric vehicles gathered in Douglas at the weekend for what organisers hope is to the start of a new series of regular events aimed at bringing the community closer together. An eclectic mix of cars filled the car park at the Manx Utilities HQ with lots of colour but little noise as EV owners and those interested in becoming one met over coffee and cake provided by Barista Express. While the sun was making an appearance to brighten up the crisp morning air, a special guest from the UK was also taking centre stage at the event. The Riversimple Rasa hydrogen car, an advanced concept vehicle that at its core has the aim to eliminate the environmental impact of personal transportation, proved to be a hit with attendees and its creator, British entrepreneur engineer Hugo Spowers, was at hand to explain the idea behind the car and give rides to interested onlookers.

Event organiser, Douglas Councillor Frank Schuengel commented: ‘To see such a fantastic turnout for an event that started as a simple idea on social media is fantastic and shows that interest in alternative fuel vehicles is on the rise. The wide mix of brands and models on display also gave a great indication of how popular EVs are becoming and I am hoping that we will have many events like this in the future. It was great to see members of local authorities attending to talk about the public charging network in addition to Daphne Caine MHK as Chair of the Climate Change Transformation Board.

‘A special thanks goes to the amazing team at Manx Utilities for providing the venue and being at hand to not only advise on all things EV, but to also explain other advances in technology, such as Heat Pumps, a well-established technology that can immediately and substantially reduce emissions from our heating and hot water consumption. Finally, a huge thanks also goes to the Steam Packet Company for bringing the Riverside Rasa hydrogen car to the island for free.’

Sir William Hillary

Just a quick note to say the annual service to commemorate Sir William Hillary will be held this Sunday at St George’s church in Douglas.

Manx Care Axes Pagers

Staff at Noble’s have introduced smartphone-based emergency alert system that eliminates the need for pagers and should improve response times to urgent calls.

Manx Care worked in collaboration with Alcidion – an external technology solutions provider – to implement ‘SmartPage Clinical’ which provides clinicians with instantaneous two-way messaging, and enables rapid clinical decision-making to support faster patient care. It improves the acute referral process from the ED to inpatient care in terms of referral acceptance and time to specialty review, and also provides medics and support teams with a system which allows them to create and share tasks according to their availability and workload.

The development and implementation of SmartPage Clinical has been led by Manx Care’s Chief Clinical Information Officer, Dr Gregor Peden, and Chief Nursing Information Officer, Rebecca Erani, with support from colleagues in Government Technology Services.

Dr Peden said: ‘SmartPage has provided Noble’s Hospital with a modern and intuitive messaging tool that helps to improve care and drive task efficiency by providing clinically rich information at point of care.  Working innovatively with Alcidion to deliver a product that met the needs of front-line staff meant that our roll out and user adoption was relatively effortless.’


UEFA is reportedly planning to remove Spartak Moscow from this season’s Europa League in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Russian side have been drawn to play RB Leipzig in the last 16, with the second leg scheduled to be played on March 17. No official confirmation has been made by UEFA, but Sky in Germany are reporting Spartak’s upcoming European fixtures will be cancelled.