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17Mar 2015

Advice on Safely Viewing this Friday’s Partial Eclipse of the Sun

On Friday 20 March 2015, the whole of the UK will be treated to a partial eclipse of the Sun. These are quite rare, and this one will be a major event. That morning, the Moon will pass right in front of the Sun, blotting out up to 90% of its disc. The Sun will look like a crescent instead of a disc, and there’ll be various other things to look for.

However, it is extremely dangerous to just go out and look up. The Sun is so bright that just looking at it can blind you, so you’ll need to prepare beforehand. There are various ways to observe it safely, using both everyday materials and telescopes or binoculars. So download this leaflet from the Royal Astronomical Society to find out what will happen and how you can see all the stages of the event.

9Mar 2015

Medical Device Alert – Defibrillation Electrodes for Children

A problem has been identified by the manufacturers of defibrillation electrodes for children which are supplied under various brand names and product codes.

Manufacturer Leonhard Lang is recalling specified lots of defibrillation electrodes for children. Electrodes older than 2 years may malfunction and this could delay urgent treatment. Leonhard Lang has decided to recall all product older than 18 months. These electrodes are compatible with a range of automated external defibrillators (AED) used in the UK.

For further information, please visit the Medical Safety Alert on the GOV.UK website. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.