Warming to hospital: I MADE my first visit to the new-look Victoria Hospital on Friday. Fortunately, my family and I have never needed the services of the hospital in the time since it was extended, and my visit on this occasion was work-related to find out about the work of the surgical team from consultant surgeon Stuart Oglesby. After searching for a car parking space, I eventually entered the impressive main reception area – and was immediately struck by the heat. I thought it might have been due to the sun beating through the glass-fronted building, but soon found the rest of the hospital was on the warm side too. Hottest of all was the imaging room where radiologists sat studying CT scans on a bank of monitors. On the door is a notice saying ‘staff sauna’ and that’s a fairly accurate indication of the heat levels in there. Apart from being a bit too warm for my liking, though, I have to say the hospital looks impressive, with a lot of thought going into the layout to ensure the dedicated staff can provide the best possible care for their patients.
Olympic legacy: THERE’S been a lot of talk following the Olympic Games of a lasting legacy. The hope is that the successes of Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah, Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy and many others will encourage young people to get involved in sport, create a fitter, healthier nation and perhaps produce the champions of the future. Certainly at one local athletics club that appears to be the case with several youngsters asking about the possibility of additional training sessions – among them my 11-year-old daughter. Inspired by the action at London 2012, she’s now so keen that in between her regular training, she’s been dragging her dad out for a run three times a week. The novelty will probably wear off for one of them quite soon.
School run: NOW that the schools are back it means the time it takes me to get to work has got longer again. One of the great things about school holidays is how much quieter the roads are in the morning, allowing folks like me to leave later and still arrive at the office on time. But that’s all changed now – and raining mornings are even worse with the roads filled with cars as parents drop their children off at the school gates. Roll on the October break ...
This week ... Started painted my garden fence, but then it rained ... enjoyed a football-filled Saturday ... resumed painting the fence, but it rained again!