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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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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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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All Sefton GP practices sign up to successful scheme

All GP practices in Sefton have now signed up to a repeat prescription ordering scheme following its success in several GP practices.

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The change in the way repeat prescriptions are ordered not only improves patient’s safety but also helps to reduce the amount of wasted medicines, estimated at costing the local NHS at least £2 million each year.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG introduced the scheme which means that pharmacies can no longer order repeat prescriptions on behalf of patients. For the new GP practices on board this will begin from 11 July 2017.

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Formby locals urged to rediscover love of cycling

A Dutch cyclist is urging people to rediscover the delights of Formby – by bike.

Cycling Formby
Linda van deer HaagLinda van der Haar from bike hire scheme Bike & Go, which operates from participating train stations including Formby, Ainsdale and Southport, says that the varied cycle routes around the area are a gift to those who enjoy cycling – but that even more people could be making the most of them.

The keen cyclist who moved to the region from Amsterdam two years ago, has been particularly impressed by the Asparagus Cycle Route, the Cheshire Lines, and overall flat terrain.

She is now calling for those more used to getting behind the wheel to use Bike Week, which runs until this Sunday, as the perfect opportunity to see their locality from a new perspective.

 


Interested in Hearing about Health in your Community?

NHS Southport & Formby CCG invites you to take part in ‘Big Chat 8’!

Come for a 'chat'

Big Chat 3

Chat events are a chance for us to talk together with you about our latest projects and plans, and hear what you think. The views we gain from Big Chats inform our thinking about changes or developments to services.

  • Hear about some of the plans for local healthcare
  • Have your say on the development of these services
  • Get involved and share your experiences

The event will be held on:

Tuesday 20th June, 5.30 – 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Church, Rosemary Lane, Formby, L37 3HA

Light refreshments will be served from 5 pm.

Please register to attend your local event by calling:

0151 247 7000
or emailing:
southportandformby.ccg@nhs.net

 


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

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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/

 


Local NHS Services thanked for hard work during ‘cyber attack’

Staff at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have thanked clinical and IT staff for their hard work to make sure patient services were maintained without any disruption following the recent cyber attack

CyberIT staff worked hard to recover computers that were attacked by the virus and the general practices saw patients with appointments throughout the week. Those people who had appointments with community services were also reassured that community services had introduced a temporary system to make sure that patients could be seen as normal.

Services at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust have now returned to normal following the cancellation of some planned services last week.

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

“Staff across the NHS in Sefton worked extremely hard to ensure that patient care was maintained and that no services were forced to close.

“Many staff literally worked round the clock the weekend it happened to ensure that any service disruption was kept to a minimum and we are really grateful for that.

Dr Andrew Mimnagh, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said:

“We’d like to say a personal thank you to all the staff who gave up their own time and for their commitment and support to keeping local NHS services up and running.”

 

 


CCGs celebrate International Nurses Day with sweet success

Here's a catch-up from our local NHS CCG about the International Nurse Day celebrations event locally.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG took part in a charity lunch break cake sale as part of International Nurses Day 2017 on Friday 12 May.

To mark the occasion, CCG staff showed their baking skills and brought in cakes for a charitable donation raising over £100 for the Royal College of Nurses (RCN) Foundation. This money will go towards supporting the needs of nurses, midwives and health care assistants as well as nursing students.

Debbie Fagan, chief nurse and quality officer at NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “I will have been a nurse for 28 years in June and having worked in both hospitals and in community settings before I started working in commissioning I always think about how it comes back to getting the quality of nursing right. This is why we work together with our nurses across Sefton on a regular basis and put our patients at the forefront of all we do.


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