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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament is calling on local people to show their appreciation of the hospital team who looked after them or their loved ones by nominating them for a Celebration of Excellence award.

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, said, "I am proud of the NHS and of the staff who work in it every single day saving lives and improving our quality of life. Many people feel that they have benefited from fantastic care from committed staff, and this is a wonderful opportunity for that to be recognised by nominating them for a Celebration of Excellence award."

"There are no set criteria for this award as it is not always what someone said or did, but how they made their patients feel that is important. People can nominate an individual or a team from the Lister Hospital by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the 13th September 2013."

The Celebration of Excellence awards are in the public nomination category of the East & North Hertfordshire NHS Trust's annual awards.

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Stevenage MP, Stephen McPartland visited Lloydspharmacy at The Poplars, Stevenage to hear more about their latest initiative, Diabetes Plus which is geared towards prevention and management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Stephen commented, "We know that thousands of people locally and millions of people in the UK are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes within the next ten years. This makes screening tests increasingly important in helping those most at risk to minimise their chances of developing type 2 diabetes.

"I was surprised that the test is free of charge, easily available and incredibly quick. I am pleased to say I was given the all clear, but it was reassuring and incredibly straight forward."

Alison Freemantle, Lloydspharmacy's Diabetes Expert commented, "We have been working in the area of diabetes for 10 years now and as well as raising awareness and identifying those most at risk, we want to support people who have been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes to manage their condition and undertake important checks, such as foot examinations.

"We are delighted that Stephen visited us to hear about our services and more widely, the role that pharmacy can play in helping people look after their health."

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I have been working hard as your local Member of Parliament to secure over £280 million of new infrastructure investment from the Coalition Government for our education, health, housing and jobs in our area.

Nationally, we are also working hard to rebuild the economy after the previous government crashed it. The economy is growing again and we are supporting everyone who wants to work hard: cutting income tax for 25 million people, helping councils freeze council tax, increasing pensions for the elderly members of our community and cutting the deficit to keep mortgage rates low.

Labour want to undo all of this with their plans for more spending, more borrowing and more debt. They would hit hardworking people hard. Mortgage bills would soar. Council tax, petrol prices and energy bills would rocket, while pensioners would see the Basic State Pension cut.

Find out what Labour’s plans would cost you and your family at www.costoflabour.com

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, commented on this year's exam results and the achievements of local students.

Stephen said, "I would like to congratulate the students, staff and parents who have made these A-level and GCSE results possible.

"The students should be proud of their achievements, enjoy a few more weeks of summer and look forward to an exciting future full of opportunity."

Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, visited Stevenage Home-Start based in Bedwell Park to meet the staff and learn more about the work they do supporting local families with very young children. Home-Start volunteers make many visits to families at home, supporting parents and helping families through difficult times.

Stephen said, "There are many agencies providing help in specific areas, but sometimes families just need a friendly face from Home-Start who can help them navigate their way through the system. I spend a lot of my time helping local people make sense of local organisations who struggle when a family does not fit in their particular area of responsibility. This often results in some of the more vulnerable families being passed from agency to agency without receiving any real help. Unfortunately, the tragic case of Amelia Arnold is a stark reminder that people do slip through the cracks and if organisations like Home Start can help, then I am 100% behind them."

Stevenage Home-Start played a lead in setting up Home-Start Hertfordshire which now provides more flexibility to meet the needs of local families and facilities Home-Start's collaboration with other agencies.

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Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland dropped in to visit patients and staff enjoying the garden outside the Strathmore Wing of the Lister Hospital. The garden has just had a makeover thanks to the efforts of a group of Year 8 children, organised by the Kissing It Better charity.

Stephen said, "The garden looks amazing and provides a place that is wonderful and calm for patients, visitors and staff to enjoy. The community spirit shown by all those who have helped make it such a lovely space is fantastic. The Kissing it Better team are a real inspiration and seeing the difference such little changes make to patients really does show the important work this charity does.

"I would also like to thank the Lister Hospital who are focused on making the patient experience as positive as possible and I am proud that they have taken the opportunity to work with Kissing it Better.There are very few hospitals that have a flourishing garden like this, but the Lister are leading the way once again as they continue to be a centre of clinical excellence."

Liz Pryor from Kissing it Better said, "Kissing it Better uses simple ideas to create big change. We are proud to be working with the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust and enormously grateful to Mr McPartland for spending time with us today."

The Kissing It Better charity is supported by the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust.

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Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, was invited to join in Datchworth Cricket Club youth section's last session of the season. Stephen handed out awards to all those who have played during the season as well as individual awards for those making particular contributions and progress.

The youth section at the club has increased over the past few years and currently has around 80 members. The club is looking to develop the players more through new cricket nets providing a fully enclosed triple lane facility at a cost of around £50,000.

Stephen said "It was a new experience for me as I have never played cricket before, but I think they went a little easy on me as I scored three runs off two balls. I was very impressed with the large numbers of youths and volunteers involved at the club and I am always proud of the community spirit we have locally."

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Stevenage Member of Parliament Stephen McPartland joined Stevenage Ambulance crews on a nightshift from 6pm to 2am last week, to see for himself some of the challenges the crews face.

Stephen said, "I would like to say it was exciting but to be honest it was terrifying and a little bit awe inspiring. The paramedics and emergency technicians are devoted to helping people and turn up at what is often the worst time in a family's life. I was of course impressed by the professionalism and knowledge they have which I saw for myself. They really do saves lives every single day, but what struck me most was the way they reassure the families whose loved one is in real difficulty, at the sane time as giving them life saving treatment.

"I was tweeting as we went to each new call and as soon as we would clear the hospital a call would come straight in and we would set off again. I saw a number of local people receive help and every single patient's needs were different, but the ambulance crew just took it all in their stride.

"I am proud of the NHS and I was amazed at how well our local ambulance service works with the staff at the Lister Hospital. They are a fantastic team and with the massive £150 million government investment into the Lister Hospital, the service should only get better and better."

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Letchmore Infants and Junior School welcomed Stephen McPartland, Member of Parliament for Stevenage, to see the launch of 1Decision an interactive website PSHE programme which they have been taking part in filming.

Stephen said, "I was very impressed with how interactive 1Decision is and how engaged the children were. It was a very enjoyable lesson and the children really did think about what was safe and unsafe. 1Decision is a great tool to help teachers make children think about how to behave safely in a range of situations."

1Decision has been developed by a Stevenage enterprise, led by Hayley Sherwood. It provides a series of educational videos with alternative endings together with assessment and exercises to support learning throughout the Personal, Social, Health, and Economic subject. The media based programme suits all learning styles to encourage children to make the right choices concerning their safety, health and relationships with others.

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