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'Out of this world' makeover for x-ray room at Guernsey hospital

It's an x-ray... but not as you know it!

A trip to hospital can be very daunting for anyone, but even more so for a child who is in Accident and Emergency after getting injured.

But now, this has all changed!

To try and make the experience a little less frightening, and a little bit more out of this world, the x-ray room at Guernsey's Princess Elizabeth Hospital has been transformed.

It has been turned into a 'spaceship', complete with astronauts and aliens, all designed and put together by the Guernsey Arts Commission and Arts for Impact.

It is the main x-ray for children who suffer trauma and are referred from A&E, so it is hoped the new look walls will help capture their imagination and distract them from the procedure.

The new look room also coincides with the installation of a brand new state of the art x-ray machine at the hospital.

Step into space, and take a look, by watching our full report:

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Celebs turn out to raise cash for Jersey's Maternity Unit

Fashion designer Elizabeth Emanuel & TV presenter Nick Owen at the launch

A number of celebrities flew into Jersey to raise money for General Hospital's Maternity Unit.

Veteran TV presenter Nick Owen was among the names who took part in a special fundraising event at the Raddison, this weekend.

It was to raise more than £100k for wireless fetal monitors.

Wireless Fetal Monitor

The monitors will enable Jersey mother's greater freedom of movement during labour, especially those with high-risk pregnancies.

It's hoped that freedom will greatly increase the chance of a normal birth and a positive birthing experience for the mothers and their families.

While the equipment is not vital for safe births in Jersey's General Hospital, the department is looking forward to expanding the options on offer to women during births.

79% of drink drive incidents are committed by men

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On average, three drink drive incidents are recorded by Jersey police every week. That's 160 a year.

50 of those drink drive incidents have resulted in a road accident or crash.

According to the report, men are responsible for the majority of drink drive cases committed in the island - 79%. Mostly by 21 to 30-year-olds.

1 in 5 of all crimes in Jersey involve alcohol.

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'More needs to be done' to tackle alcohol problems in Jersey

Residents in Jersey are among the heaviest drinkers in Europe.

Figures released today show islanders' alcohol consumption is second only to that of Lithuania.

People are drinking less than a decade ago, but one in four are still consuming alcohol at levels harmful to their health.

Dr Susan Turnbull, Jersey's Medical Officer of Health, said while that's a pleasing start, the department still have a long way to go.

Research supports increasing alcohol duty

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New research into alcohol consumption shows increasing duty helps decrease the amount of alcohol people drink.

Studies show, raising alcohol prices has the biggest impact on heavy drinkers and young people binge drinking.

It comes as a new report shows islanders in Jersey are among the heaviest drinkers in Europe.

The report supports global evidence that fiscal measures to increase the price of alcohol, such as escalating duty, have an impact on reducing consumption. Locally, our reducing trend in consumption coincides with an increasing trend in prices of alcoholic drinks. This has the greatest impact on those who drink the most, and on young people’s binge drinking.

– Martin Knight, Head of Health Improvement

This report will be very useful in informing and supporting firm measures within the next stages of Jersey’s Alcohol Strategy, which aims to reduce the harm caused by alcohol misuse.

– Senator Andrew Green, Health Minister

Excess alcohol causes 15 deaths a year in Jersey

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The findings of new report on alcohol consumption in Jersey show residents are among the heaviest drinkers in Europe.

Here are the key findings of the Jersey Alcohol Profile 2015.

  • Although alcohol consumption per capita in Jersey has fallen to an average of 12 litres of pure alcohol per year, the figure is one of the highest in Europe, significantly higher than the OECD average of nine litres
  • One in 10 people in Jersey report not drinking any alcohol
  • One in four drinkers were found to be drinking at potentially hazardous or harmful levels
  • An average of 15 people a year die from conditions directly related to alcohol consumption
  • Around 500 people a year are admitted to the hospital for a specific alcohol-related condition
  • At least 500 domestic violence incidents involving alcohol have been reported to the States of Jersey Police since the beginning of 2012.

However on a more positive side...

  • The majority of pregnant woman (94%) don’t drink alcohol
  • Fewer young people are drinking, and those who do drink less than their UK counterparts.

The profile covers a range of topics from drinking habits and behaviours of adults and children, drinking-related ill-health and mortality, alcohol pricing and alcohol-related costs. The report uses data from a range of sources including the Jersey Annual Social Survey, Hospital data and data provided by States of Jersey Departments.

– Marguerite Clarke, report author
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