Bus drivers due to strike after “1p an hour pay rise” offer


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Bus drivers at Arriva’s Wythenshawe depot will walk out on Monday (Nov 20) after pay talks with unions collapsed on Friday.

No Arriva buses will be running in Manchester after the company’s final pay offer, was rejected as an insult by trade unions, Unite and the GMB.

The unions, which will stage nine days of strike action in the run up to Christmas, said the pay rise offered by Arriva bosses amounts to 1p an hour for drivers. Read More…


Manchester United legend Irwin launches new pitch at Health Academy

_DSC6776Young sports stars of the future rubbed shoulders with  Manchester United legend Denis Irwin when he officially opened Manchester Health Academy’s new all-weather pitch.

The veteran former Reds defender, who won 20 major honours in his 12-year stay with United, watched students playing on the pitch before taking part in a Q&A session and officially unveiling the new facility in Wythenshawe.

He said: “Unveiling this new pitch was a pleasure for me, especially seeing so many youngsters out enjoying their football. It’s a wonderful facility and will no doubt become a magnet for people to visit and enjoy playing sport at. Read More…

REVIEW: The Snowman@ The Opera House, Manchester

snowmanmanc4JPGYou can tell Christmas is coming when the city’s lights switch on, when John Lewis launches its festive advert, and when the Snowman arrives in Manchester.

And this production, brought to the stage by the Birmingham Repertory Theatre Company aimed to please. Most of the youngsters who saw this festive music and dance extravaganza seemed impressed. Read More…

Wythenshawe heart team carry out pioneering transplant

The Transplant Team at Wythenshawe Hospital have successfully carried out a pioneering type of transplant – just the fourth centre in the world to do it

The transplant recipient underwent the revolutionary procedure at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) using an Organ Care System which can restore the heart to beating after it has been donated.

Mr Rajamiyer Venkateswaran, Director of Transplantation and Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Wythenshawe Hospital, which is part of MFT, said: “This is a different type of transplant because in this case the transplant occurred after using a ‘Donation After Circulatory Determined Death’ (DCD) donor heart – where the donor is not brain dead but has sustained severe brain injury.

“In this scenario the treatment of the donor is withdrawn and allows cardiac arrest to happen. The heart is then retrieved from the donor and is resuscitated on the Organ Care System machine.

“I am so proud of our team at the Transplant Centre. We are the first centre in the North West, the third centre in England and the fourth centre in the world to carry out this particular procedure. It is an amazing development as previously we would not have been able to use these hearts for transplantation.”

The Transmedia Organ Care System (OCS) often referred to as the ‘heart in box’ increases how long a donated heart can be kept outside the body, for up to eight hours. The portable machine pumps blood round the heart to restore functionality. Once the heart is beating again, it also allows surgeons to assess the donor heart more extensively; whether the donor heart is suitable for transplantation, reducing the risk of rejection.

Mr Venkateswaran added; “Using the OCS in this way enables us to have more time to do thorough assessments of donor hearts, undertake blood tests and then proceed with the transplant if appropriate.”

Anthony Anderson, 58, from Swinton, Manchester, who received the heart was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in 2002 after he began feeling tired and suffered with palpitations. 

He said: “My symptoms worsened significantly and I was referred to Wythenshawe Hospital in early 2017. I was being treated on the Intensive Care Unit and then put on the super urgent waiting list for a transplant.

“When I got the call I felt very emotional – really happy, but of course sad that someone had to die to help me and I will be forever grateful to my donor.”

Anthony was able to return home just weeks after his transplant and is continuing to be monitored regularly. 

“I think the transplant team at Wythenshawe Hospital are out of this world. I’m getting stronger every day and my plan is now to enjoy retirement with my wife Lisa, a paediatric nurse at Salford Royal, ” he added.

Mr Venkateswaran also hopes that by utilising hearts from this new source could now increase the number of transplants undertaken at Wythenshawe Hospital.

He said: “We currently undertake 25 heart transplants a year, but we are hoping this could increase by 20%, just by now starting to use hearts from DCD donors.”

The OCS machine has been funded by the New Start Charity which donated £125,000. New Start is a charity set up to provide financial assistance to the heart and lung transplantation programme and future clinical developments in heart and lung surgery at Wythenshawe Hospital.

In 2017, Wythenshawe Hospital celebrates the 30th anniversary of its first transplant operation.

REVIEW: Spamalot @ The Palace, Manchester

Spamalot-057-Press-Copy-SMALLAs a fan of Monty Python, having been brought up on their diet of anarchic madness, I approached this production of Spamalot with some trepidation. 

I needn’t have worried. The show, which is basically a stage adaptation of the 1975 film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is a superb tribute to the comedy team. It will certainly satisfy the die hard Python fans and will introduce a whole new generation to the genre.   

The style of humour won’t be to everyone’s taste and it sounds ludicrous that a group of people slapping each with fish and a King entering the stage on an invisible horse to the sound of coconuts can be funny – but it just is.  Read More…

Well, what a plonker! Roman “centurion” arrested for drink driving in Wythenshawe

14713600_1358214874218957_3712206343258111639_nIt could have been a scene from classic sitcom Only Fools and Horses, on Friday when a man was arrested for drink diving dressed as a Roman centurion.

The incident kept cops amused when they charged the driver caught in his latter-day chariot on Portway, Wythenshawe.

The incident will remind some classic comedy fans of scenes from Only Fools and Horses. In one episode, hapless Rodney Trotter is caught indulging wife Cassandra’s fantasy dressing as Russel Crowe from Gladiator. And in another classic moment, Rodney and wheeler-dealer Del Boy run through the streets of Peckham as Batman and Robin.

Thousands turn out for Wythenshawe Park fireworks display on busy night for firefighters

Thousands of people turned out for Wythenshawe Park’s firework display last night.

It was soggy underfoot, but the crowds took advantage of the dry and clear skies for the spectacular display and the lighting of the bonfire. Read More…

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