June 20, 2008

Get Tickets for Concerts

Bath: It is still not too late to get your hands on tickets for the series of star-studded concerts on The Rec on July 4, 5 and 6.

Rock legend Meat Loaf, Katie Melua and Boyzone will be performing on successive nights to raise money for Bath Royal United Hospital's Forever Friends Appeal.

Individual tickets priced at pounds30, pounds37.50 and pounds45 are available from Ticketmaster on 0844 576 5483 (plus booking fee), Ticketline on 0871 424 4444 (24 hours plus booking fee) and Bath Festivals Box Office on 01225 463362 (plus booking fee) or in person at 2 Church Street, Abbey Green, Bath from Monday to Saturday (in which case, no booking fee will apply).

Disabled bookings can be made by calling 0871 424 0047.

Hospitality packages can be arranged by contacting Becky Pocock at Bath Rugby on: 01225 325200 or by emailing [email protected]

The Forever Friends Appeal raises money to buy state-of-the-art equipment for the hospital.

Bath: Health visitor Ruth Scott has responded to an appeal by leading infertility expert Professor Robert Winston to join a tough, women-only cycling challenge in Cuba to raise funds to improve the health of women and babies.

The 32-year-old will be joining hundreds of women from across the UK who have already helped Prof Winston raise nearly pounds1.5 million for the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Trust's Women for Women fund by taking part in cycling challenges around the world.

She will be cycling a total of 230 miles over five days and is staging a dinner and auction at The Bath Arms in Horningsham on Saturday at 8pm.

You can follow Ruth's progress online at www.fundraising females.blogspot.com, and can pledge financial support via www. justgiving.com/fundraisingfemales.

For dinner tickets or to see the auction catalogue, call 01373 474836.

B&NES: Nearly 11,000 hospital appointments were missed by patients in Bath and north east Somerset last year, it has emerged.

People failed to show up for 10,132 outpatient appointments in the B&NES Primary Care Trust area. A further 612 patients booked in for operations also failed to attend, bringing the total number of appointments missed to 10,744.

In the neighbouring Wiltshire PCT area, nearly 25,648 hospital appointments were missed, of which 25,324 were outpatient no-shows.

A B&NES PCT spokesman said: "The PCT encourages patients, whenever possible, to give the hospital as much notice as they can if they are unable to attend an appointment.

"Staff will then aim to reallocate the appointment to another patient - helping to reduce waiting times. Unfortunately if the hospital has not been informed of a cancellation, others may miss out on opportunities to use available appointments."

BATH: The city branch of the Parkinson's Disease Society will be holding a meeting on Saturday at 10.30am at Foxhill Community Centre, Hawthorn Grove.

The speaker will be Melinda Letts, a trustee of the society.

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