The health watchdog - Care Quality Commission (CQC) - has had plenty to keep it busy so far this year, inspecting care homes in Greater Manchester and Cheshire. The CQC send in inspectors to make sure the accommodation and staff provide residents with a safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led service. They then give the care homes ratings of either: outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate. Throughout 2019 we will publish the results of each care home whose inspection result was published, along with what the experts had to say. Here are the ratings and reports for GP surgeries in the region published in January, February and March: Berkeley House - Good Address: Cuerden Developments Limited, Berkeley House, Ellesmere Road, Wigan, WN5 9LA Report published: 1 January Overall rating: Good Safe: Good Effective: Good Caring: Outstanding Responsive: Good Well-led: Good What the inspectors had to say: "People living at the home … [Read more...] about Every care home inspection rating for Greater Manchester published in 2019
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NEW homes should be built without boilers, gas hobs and gas radiators in just six years' time in a bid to cut down on carbon emissions, a committee has warned. The Committee on Climate Change, which advises the Government and monitors the UK's carbon emissions, has made the recommendations in its new report. Instead, it says homes should have low-carbon heating systems such as heat pumps and heat networks. It says "no new homes should connect to the gas grid from 2025 at the latest". Adding: "There are plans for 1.5million new UK homes by 2022. These new homes must be built to be low-carbon, energy and water efficient and climate resilient." The problem is that when gas is made, it releases carbon emissions into the environment, which in turn contribute towards global warming. Hate your high energy bills? Sort them out with SwitchcraftSWITCHING energy suppliers could cut HUNDREDS of pounds off your bill. Here’s what you need to do. Switch and save an average of £219 - Use … [Read more...] about Gas hobs and boilers could be BANNED in new homes within six years due to carbon emissions targets
After finishing 2018 by over-indulging and eating our body-weight in mince pies, many of us are wanting to get fitter and healthier this New Year and become a better version of ourselves. It's the time when we tell ourselves we're going to make a change to our lives - whether that's to lose weight, get a new look or simply enjoy a little 'me time' yourself - but how many of us actually stick to these resolutions? Organisations like One You Plymouth are on hand to help you out, and we've come up with 12 simple suggestions that could make a big difference to your life in 2019. 1. Be healthy with One You Plymouth If you’re aged over 40, a free NHS Health Check is a quick and easy way to check your health with One You Plymouth. A free NHS health check is an opportunity to check that your body’s most important systems are running smoothly, and for any early signs of conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. One You also offers advice to … [Read more...] about 12 feel-good places to revive your mind, body and soul in 2019
Set the new year in motion with a fantastic selection of children’s books that will keep your youngsters amused, entertained, informed and inspired. Age 7 plus:See Inside Bridges, Towers and Tunnels by Struan Reid and Annie CarboThe world is full of amazing structures… from bridges over land and sea to soaring towers and tunnels that run for miles underground.As we go about our daily lives, there are often few chances to really look and admire these architectural feats… so here’s a brilliant book that lets youngsters cross magnificent bridges, climb to the top of the tallest towers, and look down into some of the longest tunnels.Packed with stunning, intricately detailed illustrations by talented artist Annie Carbo and lots of intriguing flaps to lift, Usborne’s beautifully crafted and creative new book reveals how bridges, towers and tunnels are built, and visits some of the most famous examples from across the world, including the Channel Tunnel and the … [Read more...] about Amazing structures, special hugs and a royal rebel
Child-friendlyMajorca, Spain The largest of Spain's Balearic Islands, with an appealing climate and short flight time, Majorca is an obvious choice for families with younger children. Throw in the soft sandy beaches, particularly Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona, sheltered coves and limestone mountains, and fine Roman and Moorish remains, and this becomes an all-ages' favourite. Visit the Moorish Almudaina royal palace and 13th Century Santa Maria Cathedral, and the stone-built villages of Pollenca and Fornalutx. Try tumbet, a delicious local dish of fried aubergines, potatoes, red peppers and tomatoes, along with ensaimada, a pastry made with pork lard (sorry vegetarians!). Stay at one of TUI's three Family Life resorts. The four-star Mallorca Mar is right on the seafront, with rooms that include kitchenettes and a balcony or terrace. www.tuiholidays.ie Cantabria, Spain Northern Spain is still relatively low-key as a holiday destination. Which is just the way the Cantabrians … [Read more...] about 50 best holidays for 2019: Get your trips started here!