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.


People reminded to take care in the heat

As the weather is getting warmer, local health commissioners and Sefton Council are keen to remind people to take precautions and look after themselves in the sun. 

Heat waveAlthough temperatures are not at Hot Weather Alert levels just yet, it is getting warmer so Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are reminding people to practice sun sense and look out for others around them. 

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Change to hospital parking fee

A 10p rise for parking at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals comes into effect tomorrow (June 1) for motorists staying between 20 minutes and two hours.

image from www.formby.todayAll other charges are unchanged. This is the first increase in the cost of parking since April 2015.

Passes continue to be available to frequent visitors for £10 a week or £30 for three months. A £10 refundable deposit is required. These are available from the General Office at either hospital site or the porters’ lodges out of office hours.

Fees from parking charges go towards the cost of maintaining the car parks with any surplus going directly to patient care.

 

Band

Current fee

Fee from 1 June 2017

Less than 20 mins

Free

No change

20 mins to 2 hours

£2.90

£3

2 to 4 hours

£3.50

No change

4 to 8 hours

£4.30

No change

More than 8 hours

£5.30

No change

 

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone     01704 704494
Email              tonyellis@nhs.net 

Web                www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter            @SONHSTrus
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Water Supply Problem L37, Formby

Update @ 07:15 - A team of engineers are on the way to the Formby By Pass to begin repairs to a large burst water pipe causing no waters in your area. They will be on site as soon as possible.

 

Update @ 06.15   A leak on the Formby Bypass affecting customers in L37, has been spotted and reported to us. Our inspector is currently on-site and believes that this is the cause for some of you having no water or just a trickle. 

Here's the latest from United Utilities.

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Be prepared if you're unwell over the bank holiday

With the second bank holiday in May fast approaching, local health professionals are reminding people to examine their options should they or their family members become unwell over the long weekend.

Examine your options Many GP practices will be closed on the bank holiday, so it is wise for people to think about repeat prescriptions they will need before the long weekend begins.

Dr Rob Caudwell, a Southport GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: 

“We remind people to examine their options all year round but it is even more important over the bank holiday weekends when GP practices are closed.

“We want to make sure that people have a good weekend and that they use the right service should they need it. We don’t want patients to become poorly and have to spend part of their holiday in hospital.

Another thing we don’t want to happen is for people to run out of their medication but it is also important that they don’t over order to avoid unnecessary waste."

Dr John Caine, a GP in Parbold and chair at NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: 

“We are reminding people about the services on offer to them such as advice on the NHS choices website and by calling NHS 111 which will be invaluable this weekend.

“Your pharmacist can also give you useful advice on how to deal with common bugs, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and the flu so that you can take precautions and have a nice long weekend.”


The local NHS CCGs in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are also reminding people that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and serious conditions.

Feeling Unwell? - Examine Your Options

Across the area there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with, but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue.

For minor ailments and injuries your best route to recover is likely to be self-care. There are a variety of services that can support you to do this:

Pharmacy Services

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can help you prepare for many of the common illnesses like coughs and colds and ensure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet over the holiday period.

NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies and dentists in your local area by visiting the NHS.uk website: www.nhs.uk. It also includes a symptom checker.

NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays.

If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery. If you’re not sure where this is, you can find out at: www.nhs.uk or call 0300 77 77 007.

GP Out of Hours Service

If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP out-of-hours service; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary.

It is very likely that you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out-of-hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.

For more information please visit: Your health and services

For Southport and Formby pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday please visit: www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/pharmacy-opening-times-over-the-bank-holidays/

For West Lancashire pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday, please visit www.westlancashireccg.nhs.uk/resources/patient-and-public-information/west-lancashire-pharmacy-bank-holiday-opening-times/

 


Service returning to normal following NHS cyber-attack

Service returning to normal following NHS cyber-attack

Therese Patten, Chief Operating Officer, said:

Keyboard“The Trust took swift action to shut down and protect our many clinical systems when the threat emerged on Friday. This included pharmacy, x-ray and imaging, clinical tests and digitally-held patient records.

“We began successfully restoring critical clinical systems on Monday evening and many more are coming back online today.

“The volume of planned services was reduced on Monday and Tuesday to ensure we continued to run a safe service.

“We plan to begin returning services to normal from Wednesday. There is more up to date information on our website, www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk.

“Both our hospitals continue to be open for emergency care. Please only use A&E if your need is urgent so we can focus resources on the sickest patients.

“I want to reassure patients and the public that all patient information is safe and will be available to us as systems are brought back online.

“I also want to thank our staff for maintaining a safe service for patients over a challenging past few days and, in particular, our IT colleagues for working night and day to get systems back online with the support of colleagues from across the region.

“We are also supporting the criminal investigation into the attack on the NHS and have supplied affected computer equipment to the police.”


Tony Ellis
Marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Tel 01704 704494
Email tonyellis@nhs.net
Web www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter @SOHNHSTrust
Mail Southport and Formby District General Hospital, Town Lane, Kew, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6PN

 


GP practices following NHS cyber attack

This is a statement issued this morning by NHS Southport and Formby CCG following the cyber attack.

Follow the link below for the full details.

GP practices in Sefton will be open as usual on Monday, but many are still bringing their IT and clinical systems back online following the cyber attack which took place on Friday 12 May 2017 and affected many organisations around the world.  

Some practices will not yet have full access to patient records, prescriptions, appointment systems and in some cases telephone systems. However, all GP practices will be using well tested contingency plans to ensure that services can continue to be provided.  

The NHS is asking patients to continue to use the NHS wisely and remember that they can seek help and advice from a range of other sources, such as pharmacies or 111.


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Sefton Circular Cycle Route

Sefton Council launches circular cycle route

To mark the launch of a brand new cycle route, the Sefton Active Travel Team is holding a cycling day to encourage more people to get on their bike and explore the borough.

The new Sefton Circular cycle route covers 24 miles, 20 miles of which is traffic free and is officially launched on Sunday, May 21. Cyclists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend and complete all or part of the route. On the day there will be three main starting points: Formby Railway Station, Mecycle Café in Ainsdale and the main hub on the day will be Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre. Here participants will be able to access further information about cycling as well as refreshments throughout the day.

Ride registration will take place at 10am at each of the three start points and ride leaders will be on hand to start you off on the route at 10.30am. Riders will then be free to cycle the route in a clockwise direction at their own pace. The theme of the day is participation, and while participants will be encouraged to cycle all 24 miles, people are also invited to ride just a section. The event will be self-led but all riders will receive a map of the route, including turn by turn directions. There will also be directional markers along the way and cycling marshals will be patrolling the route all day.

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Liverpool City Region Mayoral Election 2017

The inaugural Liverpool City Region mayoral election will be held on 4 May 2017 to elect the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Tmp_16841-mayoral election-1462919350Subsequent elections will be held May 2020 and then every four years after that. The metro mayor will have control over the whole Liverpool City Region combined authority area which consists of the following local authorities:

The Mayor will work with existing city and borough leaders to take forward the mayor's strategic plan. The metro mayor will have a budget of £900 million over 30 years with powers on education & skills, planning and housing, transport, health and social care.

Combined authorities were introduced in England outside Greater London by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 to cover areas larger than the existing local authorities but smaller than the regions. Combined authorities are created voluntarily and allow a group of local authorities to pool appropriate responsibility and receive certain delegated functions from central government in order to deliver transport and economic policy more effectively over a wider area.

There are currently six such authorities, with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority established on 1 April 2011, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and three others established in April 2014, and a sixth in April 2016. If more than three candidates stand, the outcome will be determined by the supplementary vote system (SV).

For more visit the Wikipedia page