At this time of the year, high tides and strong winds frequently result in piles of 'flotsam and jetsam' strewn across our beach. Can you help Friends of the Sefton Coast' keep it safe and clean?
If you'd like to join the Friends of the Sefton Coast for a beach clean at Ainsdale, a number of monthly events are planned for the coming months. Litter picking events will take place on: Friday, February 16th, 1-3pm. Friday, March 16th, 1-3pm. Friday, April 27th, 10.30am-1pm. Friday, May 25th, 10.30am-1pm. Friday, June 22nd, 10.30am-1pm. Meeting point for these events is Ainsdale Discovery Centre, The Promenade, Ainsdale. PR8 2QB.
For more details about becoming a Friends of the Sefton Coast volunteer, please call Sefton's coast and countryside team on 0151 934 2967
Building work on expanding the accident and emergency department is underway at Southport hospital.
The £1.25m project aims to further improve the experience of care for patients and the environment in which staff treat them.The centrepiece of the improvements is an 80 square-metre, nine-bay extension constructed from four ready-built modules.
They will be each lowered by crane into an internal courtyard, connected together and linked to the A&E department by a short corridor. The work is expected to be completed by the middle of April.
During the spring and summer, improvements to the existing A&E will create a more spacious, modern environment with an improved ambulance handover area and better access for disabled people.
Therese Patten, Chief Operating Officer, said:
This is wonderful news. Our local population is older than average with many very poorly, frailer patients, meaning these improvements are very much needed..
Over the past three years, there’s been an almost 10% rise in patients coming to A&E. The team regularly sees at least 150 patients a day and last summer saw the highest level of attendances on record.
I’m proud to say, however, that despite these challenges staff working together across the Trust still manage to deliver a service that scores well when compared with neighbouring hospitals.
The work will reduce overcrowding at the busiest times, improve the experience of care for patients and provide a better environment for our staff..
Sefton Council, in partnership with Sefton CVS, is dedicating 2018 as the Year of the Volunteer!
Following on from the huge success of the Year of the Coast, the tireless work of Sefton’s thousands of volunteers, who give thousands of hours of their time each week, will be celebrated in a yearlong campaign to raise awareness of how much volunteers do for the borough.
If you're looking to do something positive to do with your time or looking for similarly minded people to yourself then this might be the answer.