Published: 06/01/2005, Volume II5, No. 5937 Page 6

Oldham Royal Hospital nurse Maxine Oakley (left) and charge nurse Darren Bigga get to grips with a new service that alerts nurses to available shifts via text messaging, with associate director of nursing Nicola Nicholls.

Pennine Acute Hospitals trust has secured£15,000 for the project. Five local hospitals will be invited to take part in an effort to help fill the trust's 6,500 monthly nursing shifts.