Masks Are Back

Mask-wearing is being re-introduced in health and social care premises on the Island operated by Manx Care, following a spike in the community transmission of Covid-19.  

It was only last week that they were axed.

This means all staff and visitors will need to wear a fluid-resistant facemask which will be provided at the entrance to health and social care premises. This applies to Noble’s Hospital, Ramsey Cottage Hospital, Manannan Court, care homes, GP practices, outpatient and community clinics, dentists and opticians. This is also relevant for staff providing care in people’s own homes, the Ambulance Service and the Patient Transport service. 

Paul Moore, Manx Care’s Executive Director of Nursing and Governance, commented: ‘The steps we have taken today will help to reduce and minimise staff absences due to Covid-19 during the current spike in community transmission, and protect patients and service users too.’

Children’s Charity Cash Boost

A popular children’s charity has received a big boost to help enhance its offering within the local community.

Manx Lottery Trust has awarded £50,000 to Isle of Play, which provides opportunities for young people in the Isle of Man to fulfil their ‘Right to Play’. Based at Lester’s Yard in Douglas, children of all ages and abilities can take part in a variety of adventurous activities such as den building, fire making, outdoor cooking and socialising with peers; all under the supervision of trained playworkers.

With more than 600 children registered, Lester’s Yard has become a vital part of the community. While primarily a place for play, it has become much more than that, with many of the children that use the facility facing challenges in their home and personal lives. The playground represents a safe place where they can be themselves, talk to adults and seek help and reassurance.

Chris Gregory, Chief Executive of Isle of Play, said: ‘We are incredibly grateful to Manx Lottery Trust for this vital funding, which will enable us to offer enhanced support for the children that need our help. We firmly believe in the power of play and importance of the great outdoors for mental health and wellbeing, and this grant will be essential in helping us to improve the lives of young people in the Isle of Man throughout 2022 and beyond.’

Electric Charging

Douglas Borough Council and Manx Utilities have collaborated on the installation of six Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points at Shaw’s Brow Car Park.

The six charging points, which are located on the entrance level (level three) of the car park, have been converted from disabled spaces to dual disabled and EV charging spaces. The Council’s decision to convert the spaces from disabled only, to dual use, was due to a lack of usage which had been monitored closely by the Council over a period. Five additional disabled spaces are located across the car park.

Councillor Falk Horning, Chairman of the Environmental Services Committee, said: ‘The installation of six new EV charging points is a welcome addition to Shaw Brow’s Car Park. As the Island works towards meeting its net-zero emission targets by 2050, more and more drivers are switching to low emission and electric vehicles. However, this change requires the support of local authorities to ensure that a sufficient EV charging infrastructure is in place, particularly within the capital of the Island, which sees a significant amount of inbound traffic throughout the week.’