Hospital highlights HIV testing week and World AIDS Day

A leading sexual health doctor is urging people to ‘know their status’ in the run-up to World AIDS Day which is at the beginning of December.

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The message from the team is to ‘know your status’ and to stay safe. Liz Kay, Dawn Killeen, Dr Zana Ladipo and Wendy Kicks.

According to Dr Zana Ladipo, in the North West, it is estimated that nearly two in a 1,000 have HIV, and in Sefton, it’s one in 1,000.

To highlight World AIDS Day, the staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust staged an information and awareness stand outside the outpatient department at Southport hospital during HIV testing week in the run-up to World AIDS Day on Friday, 1 December.

The stand was hosted by staff from the Sefton Sexual Health Service. One of their aims is to dispel myths about HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).

Dr Zana Ladipo, Genitourinary Medicine consultant, from Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said:

“HIV is spread primarily through sex and blood. It is not spread by kissing or sharing cups or cutlery.

“Simply having an HIV test does not affect your insurance. A blood test is all that is needed. The virus can affect anyone regardless of their age, sexuality or ethnicity. HIV is now a chronic condition and patients can expect a normal lifespan.

“The danger with HIV is not having a test and therefore not knowing your status. It is possible to live for years with HIV before getting sick and by this stage, AIDS may develop which is harder to treat. I have been tested and know my status.”

Nationally, it is estimated that more than 101,200 people are living with HIV in the UK and this is increasing. It is believed a quarter of people with the disease are believed to be undiagnosed and therefore unaware of their status.

Also, since 2011 most Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) have been on the rise, especially in people aged 45 and above. Some STIs like Chlamydia may not cause any symptoms. Men simply provide a urine sample and woman can do their own swab.

Testing and treatment for STIs, HIV and genital non-STI related issues are available in Sefton Sexual Health’s community clinics in Maghull, Netherton, the May Logan Centre and Southport Centre for Health and Wellbeing. They also provide a full range of contraceptive methods. The service is ‘confidential’ and open to everyone.

Anyone can contact the clinic on 01704 513 303, and your local clinic and further information can be found using the website https://www.seftonsexualhealth.co.uk/ .

 


Wards moving at Southport hospital

Southport and Formby District General Hospital began the move of three wards within the Town Lane building today.

 

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  • The stroke ward 10b is moving to ward 15b
  • Surgical ward 15b moves to ward 11a
  • Surgical ward 11a moves to ward 10b and becomes the Surgical Assessment Unit


The moves bring acute, medical and surgical care wards into one place. Each ward will keep its telephone numbers from their original locations.

The moves are part of the Trust’s £250,000 “Safe at all Times” project which aims to make the best use possible for buildings and staff. The work at Southport also includes the creation of a clinical communications hub which will support bed management and give oversight of activity to the hospital to underpin safe care.

Therese Patten, Chief Operating Officer, said:

 

“Having patients in the right place at the right time is a key factor in giving them the best possible experience while in our care.

“I want to thank all the staff who have worked so hard to make these changes happen as well as patients and their families for their patience this week.”


Formby Nativity Musical 2017

Formby Churches Together

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Present

A Nativity Musical

Formby Pool Gardens
Sunday 10 December at 2 pm

Featuring

Make Noise Choir
Our Lady's school choir
Woodlands school choir
Freshfield school choir
St Jerome's school Choir

Free Fun & Entertainment for all the family

 


This Week

 Monday 24 November 9.40 am 

Formby Library Bee Workshop

Book early to avoid disappointment

An opportunity to make hand and lip balms from local wax and honey.

These would be perfect Christmas presents. You can also sign up for a beekeeping course to take place in spring 2018.

 Thursday 23 November 10.00 am 

Tin Tabs Winter Bowling

Freshfield bowling club members are enjoying their first season of competitive winter bowling this year.

The Maghull winter league chose the club, in Timms Lane, as one of two locations for the games.

Every Saturday, bowlers from 16 clubs play in a team of two pairs. Each pair gains a point if they win and if both pairs win then the overall team gains three points.

It's early days yet, but both of the Freshfield teams have scored well and look likely to be in the final reckoning at the end of the season.

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A study in concentration Tin Tab members Frank McMahon (front) and Tony Dyson (rear) and Netherton Park players (middle)

The competition starts at 1.00 pm and lasts around two hours. The Clubhouse is open and visitors, players and supporters are welcome to enjoy Tin Tab hospitality, the bar is open and tea, coffee and biscuits are also available. 


 Wednesday 22 November 10.00 am 

What Formby Pool Trust is all about.

The Formby Pool Trust published this video yesterday explaining what it does and how it does it.

Set in the heart of our landscaped gardens. The award-winning centre boasts two luxurious pools, a wellness suite and cafe. 

Published on Youtube by The Formby Pool Trust on 20 Nov 2017

 

 Tuesday 21  November 9.30 am 

Community Lecture at Formby High School

 

Dr Jennifer Brown of the University of Liverpool will be speaking at the next 'Community Lecture' hosted by Formby High School on 22 November 2017 (7 pm).

The event is free to all members of the public - if you are interested, please contact either Formby High School or The University of Liverpool to reserve your tickets.

When 22 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm until 22 Nov 2017 at 9:00pm
Where Formby High School Freshfield Road Formby L37 3HW

Monday 20 November 9.30 am

Sefton Council celebrates #OurDay

#OurDay 2017 takes place 21 November. It is Sefton Council's chance to shine a light on the amazing work that we and our volunteers do to support our communities.

https://youtu.be/Nq8eHCPr2Yg

In common with local Councils around the country, Sefton Councils' participation will be 'live tweeted' using the hashtag #OurDay

 


This weekend

Sunday 19 November 11.30 am

A word of warning about a beach hazard

Saturday 18 November 10.30 am

Formby Choral Society Autumn Concert

7.30pm 18 November Our Lady of Compassion Church Formby

Haydn - Nelson Mass
Zelenka - Missa Beat Purificationes


FCS Autumn Concert 2017An exciting concert - one huge favourite, and one completely unknown!

The Nelson Mass is generally considered to Haydn's greatest choral composition. We will be performing it in the original scoring of trumpets, timpani, organ and strings. Although Haydn subsequently added other wind parts to it, under pressure from a publisher, this scoring is beautiful and exciting.

The Zelenka work has only been performed once before in the UK, and we had to purchase the right to use the scores produced for the Czech choir who have made the only recording. It is a fabulous work!
(Source: http://formbychoralsociety.org/page38/)