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Sefton and Liverpool CCGs pause merger plans

Clinical commissioning groups in Sefton and Liverpool are pausing their plan to merge the three organisations.

NHS South Sefton CCG, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS Liverpool CCG have made the decision so they can spend more time considering the implications of a merger for their patients, staff and partners.

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Formby Cider Festival

Cider lovers will be able to enjoy an unbeatable range of draught craft ciders from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, during a Formby pub's 17 day festival.

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The cider festival will take place at The Lifeboat in Three Tuns Lane from Friday July 7 until Sunday July 23 inclusive.

The pub will offer a selection of ciders including some not previously available at the pub and the others produced exclusively for the festival.

There will also be award-winners among the available ciders.

As well as apple and pear, there will also be ciders made with elderflower, strawberry, rum and raisin, as well as toffee-apple and ginger, lychee and ginseng.

All of the ciders will cost £2.59 a pint.

The ciders on offer include;

  • Kung Fu Cider (Sandford Orchards),
  • Toffee Apple Cider (Mr Whitehead's),
  • Stan's Big Apple (Thatchers),
  • The Artful Roger (Hunts),
  • Somerset Redstreak (Perry's),
  • Pear Mania (Cockeyed Cider Company)
  • and Moonshine Rum & Raisin (Broadoak Cider). 


Pub manager Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe said: "The Lifeboat will be offering a superb selection of craft ciders during the festival.

"Cider is the perfect drink to enjoy during the summer and we believe that the festival will appeal to cider lovers as well as those enjoying cider for the first time."

Customers will be able to enjoy three third-of-a-pint ciders for the price of a pint.

Tasting notes, describing all of the ciders will be available.

 


Share Your Views About Caring For The Formby Coast

The National Trust at Formby is inviting local people to share their thoughts about caring for the coast at an Open Day on Monday 17 July 2017 from 9.30am to 7pm.

Beach marker The Trust is encouraging people to share their views and stories about the Formby coast past, present and future. The event will explore ideas for how this special place can best be cared for and benefit the people who love it and the wildlife that makes its home here.

 

 

The day follows announcements earlier this year that the Trust is in discussions with Sefton Council about the transfer of an additional 204 hectares of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols into its care. The transfer has been approved by the Sefton Cabinet and positive discussions are ongoing, with further announcements expected later this Summer. 

 

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Grant Makes a New Splash in Sefton


Swimmers across Sefton are set to benefit from a huge cash injection to improve a number of facilities thanks to grant funding from Sport England.

Following an extensive consultation with over 3,000 people, Sefton Council is now leading the improvements that aim to get more people into the pool.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing, said: “It has been a rigorous process to get this far ensuring we understood what local communities need and we are absolutely thrilled to share the good news about the grant from Sport England in order to complete the changes.

Full details available from mysefton.co.uk


Sefton Council’s Invest Sefton funding helps local organisations


Council grants are helping firms in Sefton prosper, according to Sefton Council officials after they visited two businesses in the borough to hear all about their thriving ventures.

Both businesses have benefited from Invest Sefton funding, which has helped them to keep their businesses and staff in the borough.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, was joined by officers from Invest Sefton on guided tours of the Sefton Carers Centre, c based in Waterloo and Hybrid Technical Services Ltd, Aintree.

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Lifetime honour for spinal team

More than 100 years of caring for spinal injured patients by three NHS staff was recognised this month with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Consultant surgeon Bakul Soni, Sister Sandra McCarthy and occupational therapy lead Julie Jones  were honoured at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s ninth annual Pride Awards. Spinal team

The awards came as the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre at Southport hospital prepares to host the prestigious international Guttmann conference on spinal injury care.

 

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Green-Fingered Friends of Duke Street Park

A number of garden enthusiasts have been making their mark on the local area.

Eight volunteers have joined forces to create a new Friends of Duke Street Park group in Formby.

Working together with Sefton Council’s parks and greenspaces service, the group are helping to make improvements to the park and continue the work that was started by the garden volunteers at the park.


NHS CCGs announce new governing body members and next meeting details

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has appointed two new members to its governing body.

Dr Tim Quinlan from Chapel Lane Surgery in Formby has joined the group, which leads the organisation in key decision making, to strengthen the work that the group does to make sure that local health services are the best they can be for Sefton residents.
On his appointment Dr Quinlan says:

“"I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with the CCG, local hospitals, care providers and social services, to help develop effective healthcare solutions for our local population.
“As a local GP who also lives with my family in the Southport area, I am keen to improve local services; encouraging efficient and effective care pathways, while placing the patient at the centre of decisions, whilst also recognising the current pressures resting on health and social care providers.”

Mrs Colette Riley, a practice manager from The Hollies Surgery in Formby has also re-joined the governing body group.
Colette says:

Ccg2I am really happy to have re-joined the governing body for NHS Southport and Formby CCG for another term of office. It’s really important that we are involved from a GP practice point of view and especially in my role as a practice manager as I help to ensure that the views of the wider practice staff are represented.
“From being on the board for a few years now I can see that the suggestions and feedback of members are all taken on board and that the CCG really value the input from the governing body.”

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Have your say on Rights of Way Improvement Plan (2018-2028)


Consultation for the Liverpool City Region Rights of Way Improvement Plan is now underway. This is a joint ten year plan prepared by the six Liverpool City Region local authorities and Merseytravel, on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, to improve the local network of public rights of way. 

There are 671 kilometers of rights of way in the Liverpool City Region made up of Footpaths, Bridleways and Byways. Besides their recreational value, rights of way can be a handy way of getting to work, school and amenities and form part of the wider access and transport networks. 

Copies of the plan can be viewed at council one stop shops and public libraries or at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/publicrightsofwaystrategy all comments received before the consultation closes on 29 September 2017 will be considered before the final plan is prepared and published.


Hospital supports Armed Forces Week

Hospital hosts tea party in support of Armed Forces’ Week

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Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are hosting a tea party on Friday 23 June in support of Armed Forces’ Week and SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity.

The tea party will run from 12noon to 4pm at the entrance of Southport hospital. During the afternoon there will be tea and coffee kindly donated by Bookers, as well as a cake sale with all donations for SSAFA. A vintage World War Two military ambulance will be in attendance along with members of 208 Field Hospital, Liverpool and 207 Field Hospital, Manchester. There will also be displays about the role of medics in the military.

The Trust is the 2016 public sector winner of the North West Armed Services Business Award and has a track record of working collaboratively with personnel. This includes providing flexible working for Reservists to undertake their military commitments as on Exercise and Operational Deployments, with paid support and access to a Forces Champion.

A number of staff at the Trust are members of the reserve forces or veterans, including Head of Nursing Kath Higgins who is also a Lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. Kath said:

“We’re thrilled to be supporting Armed Forces’ Week and SSAFA.

“This is a great opportunity for our staff, patients and members of the public to find out more about the Armed Services and the role medical staff play.” 

Issued by Kimberley Rushton, Senior Communications and Marketing Officer Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone       01704 705061
Email               kimberley.rushton@nhs.net 
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