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Hospital Campaign a Success 25 June 2004

The Department of Health and Social Security is delighted to announce that the recent campaign to inform TT visitors about the relocation of Noble's Hospital to the Braddan site has been a resounding success.

During May, the Department developed an initiative to make visitors to this year's TT festival aware that Noble's Hospital had relocated since the 2003 TT period. An informative Visitor's Directory was developed in English, Italian, French and German along with posters in each of these languages.

The Visitor's Directory was designed as an easy to store 'credit card' size publication to encourage visitors many of whom would be on motorcycles to retain the information during their visit to the Isle of Man.

Booklets and posters were placed at some of the island's major TT locations, for example at the Sea Terminal and the Airport, campsites, supermarkets, motor cycle shops, pubs, hotels and motor cycling events, as well as some smaller outlets like cafes, newsagents and book shops around Douglas. The local Police Force also carried copies of the booklet to issue to the friends or relations of anyone involved at the scene of an accident.

Minister Clare Christian, MLC said:

"I would like sincerely to thank everyone involved in the production and distribution of the Visitor's Directory and posters. Without the co-operation and involvement of local shop owners, campsite staff, hoteliers, TT Marshalls, the Police and the Department of Transport, the campaign would not have been so successful. The Department appreciates the hard work of those involved in ensuring that as many TT visitors as possible were aware of what to do and where to go in the unhappy event of needing to visit the Hospital, particularly as this is one of the busiest times of year for the Isle of Man."

The campaign coincided with Noble's Hospital's decision to open a dedicated A & E access road during the 2 week TT Festival period. This was done to ensure that during the TT period, accident victims and those requiring emergency medical treatment would be able to reach A & E without having to negotiate the traffic around the main hospital site. Information about the access road, together with a map were publicised initially in the local newspapers and the temporary access road was clearly highlighted on the map within the Visitor's Directory. Road signs indicating the route were placed in close vicinity to the Hospital to assist visitors in locating the A & E area quickly in circumstances when time is of the essence.

Both initiatives have been deemed a resounding success based on the feedback received from TT visitors, emergency services and members of the local community. It is hoped that copies of the Visitor's Directory will be available to cover large sporting events for the rest of the year.

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