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EXTRA CARE’S AT-HOME DIALYSIS SERVICE IS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN NORTHERN IRELAND

EXTRA CARE’S AT-HOME DIALYSIS SERVICE IS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN NORTHERN IRELAND

As one of the largest providers of domiciliary care in Northern Ireland, it stands to reason that Extra Care is the only charity with the ability to provide APD treatment for dialysis patients. APD, or Automated Peritoneal Dialysis, is used to treat patients with kidney issues at home. This is particularly advantageous for patients with mobility issues, for whom a daily or even a weekly journey to the hospital isn’t possible.

This particular form of dialysis greatly improves the patient’s quality of life, taking place at night for a period of 8 to 10 hours while the patient is asleep. One of Extra Care’s APD service users, Tony from Newtownards, explains the importance of receiving daily visits from his Care Worker in order to facilitate this process.

With distinctive humour and in considerably good spirits, Tony describes how APD has changed his life. “It makes things significantly easier for me,” he says. “I’ve been receiving at-home dialysis from Extra Care for over two and a half years now, and it saves me a great deal of bother as I no longer have to travel 45 minutes each way to the City Hospital in Belfast and back.”

He also explains how the process works for him. “My Care Worker, Denise, comes to my house five days a week and takes readings which she then punches into the dialysis machine,” he says. “She’ll measure my blood pressure, BPM and other vitals, leave me with a fresh batch of peritoneal fluid, then it’s up to me! I connect myself up to the APD machine and leave it to do its work overnight.”

Extra Care’s Chief Executive, Brian Hutchinson, believes the delivery of this service in the home remains true to Extra Care’s mission, which is to ensure that people receive comprehensive care at home.

“All care staff who assist in the provision of this treatment have been trained at the City Hospital in Belfast and are NVQ qualified,” he says. “That means our APD treatment is as effective as anything a dialysis patient might receive in a hospital, demonstrating once again that, for Extra Care, we have an ongoing commitment to make life for our service users as comfortable as possible. We are proud to be the only provider of APD, allowing people to remain at home with dignity.”

FOYLESIDE SHOPPING CENTRE RECEIVES AUTISM IMPACT AWARD

FOYLESIDE SHOPPING CENTRE RECEIVES AUTISM IMPACT AWARD

Foyleside Shopping Centre is delighted to announce that, owing to the hard work and effort of its dedicated staff, they are now the proud recipients of an Autism Impact Award from Autism NI. The prestigious Award is presented to organisations who go above and beyond to create an ‘Autism friendly environment’. This allows for the 30,000 individuals and families in Northern Ireland who are daily affected by autism to enjoy the same privileges as everyone else in the community.

Foyleside has six Champions dedicated to ensuring autism accessibility within the Centre, making it the largest Shopping Complex with a specially trained staff in Northern Ireland. These AQA accredited Autism Champions are Adrian O’Brien, Micheál Morrow, Angela O’Donnell, Amy O’Donnell, Alison Canning and Tina McAleer.

Foyleside Shopping Centre is only the second Shopping Complex in Northern Ireland, and the first Shopping Complex outside of Belfast, to receive the Award.

Wednesday evenings are also now being designated as “Quiet Evenings” in an effort to make retailers and shoppers alike more conscious of the challenges faced by Northern Ireland’s autistic community. The main mall and shop units will turn off any in-store music to help make the shopping experience more enjoyable for customers affected by autism.

Foyleside has also constructed a brand-new sensory room as part its initiative to make the Centre more universally accessible. The room is fitted with multiple features designed to calm, including fibre optics, bubble tubes and other devices aimed at destressing. Sound and light levels are adjustable and can be changed to cater to a specific child or adult’s needs.

Fergal Rafferty, Centre Manager at Foyleside Shopping Centre said, “We are extremely proud that Foyleside is now accessible to the many individuals and families in Northern Ireland who are daily affected by autism. We want all shoppers to feel welcome, comfortable, safe, and above all, to have an enjoyable experience at Foyleside. We hope that we can encourage other businesses in Northern Ireland to follow suit and that, with our example, we have taken steps towards tolerance and inclusivity across society as a whole.”

With convenient parking until 9pm and over 50 amazing shops, Foyleside is the perfect place to be this Halloween. To find out more visit http://www.foyleside.co.uk/

 

FESTIVE MISCHIEF AT THE MAC WITH ITS CHRISTMAS SHOW ‘THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER’

FESTIVE MISCHIEF AT THE MAC WITH ITS CHRISTMAS SHOW ‘THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER’

This Christmas, the MAC is delighted to announce it will once again be collaborating with award-winning children’s theatre company Cahoots NI for a magical production of the classic fairytale, The Elves and The Shoemaker.Treat the whole family by picking up the most flexible Family Saver ticket in town, valid Monday – Friday, save 10% when you purchase 4 or more tickets.

Based on the much-loved story by the Brothers Grimm, The Elves and The Shoemaker is the uplifting story of a kind-hearted tradesman who has fallen on hard times and is assisted by a mischievous band of nocturnal fairy folk. Suitable for all ages, audiences will need to keep their eyes peeled for some of the fairyland’s best-known characters who just might pop up to make it Belfast’s funniest, festive family show.

As ever with the MAC’s Christmas shows, expect a unique twist on the traditional fairytale format with a funny script co-written by Simon Magill and Stephen Beggs, under the direction of Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney, and an enchanting festive score from Garth McConaghie.

Simon Magill, Creative Director at the MAC has said, “Simply put, this year’s Christmas show promises to be absolutely spectacular. With the inimitable Sean Kearns as our eponymous shoemaker and some stellar performances from the likes of Clare Barrett and Jolene O’Hara, we’re really excited to revive this classic story for a modern family audience.”

Paul Bosco McEneaney adds: “We are very excited to be back at the MAC this Christmas after the huge success of Under the Hawthorn Tree in September. The Elves and the Shoemaker is packed with Cahoots NI’s signature magical touch and we cannot wait to welcome audiences into the Elfin world we have created!”

Local Newry man and former shining star of the Newpoint Players, Sean Kearns, will be in the lead as Stan, the kindly shoemaker. Over the years, Sean has appeared in big film productions like Angela’s Ashes and The Boxer, and has acted on London’s West End in crowd-pulling favourites like Billy Elliott and Wicked.

Rising talent, Emer McDaid from Warrenpoint, will also appear in the role of Stan’s landlady, Ms. Perkins. Having appeared in hit HBO fantasy drama, Game of Thrones, as well as on stage under the direction of Martin Lynch in We’ll Walk Hand in Hand, Emer is sure to shine this Christmas at the MAC’s heartwarming show.

The show will run from Tuesday 27th November until Saturday 6th January, but with tickets selling out fast, book now to avoid disappointment! Avail of discount prices when you purchase a Family Saver ticket, valid Monday to Friday, which will save you 10% when you purchase 4 tickets or more.

This has been the busiest year for school bookings, with schools making a visit to the MAC an annual Christmas tradition. MACtile Tours, the MAC’s award-winning initiative to make the theatre a more relaxing experience for children with Autism Sensory Disorders, continues to bring the magic of theatre to more and more audiences.

For more information about the show or to book tickets for your festive family trip to the MAC, visit themaclive.com

CITY OF MERCHANTS FESTIVAL PROVES TO BE A BIG HIT WITH VISITORS

CITY OF MERCHANTS FESTIVAL PROVES TO BE A BIG HIT WITH VISITORS

The City of Merchants Festival saw record numbers line the streets of Newry to enjoy a fabulous weekend of activities, culture and a spectacular firework display.

Returning for a second year, the festival was bigger and better than ever, captivating visitors in Newry with three days of amazing interactive events, family fun and the best food and drink.

Organised by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, the festival event brought a programme of culture, history and street performances to the city to celebrate the waterways, canals and rich maritime history of Newry.

On Friday night the famous SPARK! Drummers led visitors on a carnival parade to the fathom line, where audiences were wowed with a breath-taking firework display set to music. The fireworks lit up the skies above the Newry waterways in the biggest pyrotechnic show the district has seen to date. This was coupled with the Twilight Market that saw a mix of craft and artisan producers showcase the best of the area’s culinary offerings, along with free children’s workshops and street entertainment.

On Saturday visitors experienced the history of the city with live street theatre performances, guided tours, exhibitions, family activities and a chance to explore the Tall Ships, La Malouine, Soteria Breinne, and Brian Boru.

A third day was added this year to welcome, in partnership with Kx and Newry Business Improvement District (BID), an Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Formula 1. Visitors were enthralled to see the car up close and hear its engine rev. Street entertainment continued throughout Sunday and brought this year’s three-day festival to a fantastic close.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Mark Murnin, said: “This year’s festival was terrific. It was great to see so many people come to Newry, some for the first time, to explore the various activities and see first-hand the fantastic culture and heritage of the area. The Giant Adventures season has been a wonderful way of showcasing the region and the City of Merchants brought it to a close in a spectacular way.”

City of Merchants festival was the fifth and final event in the Giant Adventures summer programme, a series of family festivals run by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council to showcase the region’s breath-taking mountains, coastline and mythical stories which included Footsteps in the Forest, Skiffie Festival, Festival of Flight and Wake the Giant.

For more details on City of Merchants, pictures and videos from the event, visit https://heaveninaheartbeat.com/giant-adventures and www.facebook.com/VisitMourneMountainsand www.twitter.com/VisitMourne.