HELP YOURS-ELF TO STAY WELL THIS WINTER

THE festive season is now upon us and your local NHS in West Lancashire, Southport and Formby is offering residents advice on how to stay well this winter and avoid those nasty winter illnesses

image from www.formby.todayWinter is an exciting time for many, but this time of the year can pose problems for our health and wellbeing, especially for people with a long-term condition and those people aged over-65. Cold and wet weather, ice, snow and windy conditions all play their part in making existing health conditions worst and making people vulnerable to picking up winter illnesses such as colds, sore throats, asthma, norovirus and most commonly the flu.

Help is at hand though, by being prepared, thinking carefully and knowing how to examine your options in West Lancashire, Southport and Formby.

Dr John Caine, West Lancashire GP and chair at NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group, said

“Everyone wants to enjoy themselves at this time of the year, but a winter bug can dampen any spirits.

“The best advice that I can offer is to be prepared, if you are entitled to a free flu vaccination then make sure you get it, visit your pharmacist to ensure that you have the right at home medication, order your repeat prescriptions using Patient Access well before the bank holiday rush and make sure that you have plenty of food stocked up at home, just in case we are visited by some nasty weather.

“It’s also really important to make sure that we look out for not only family and friends, but also for any elderly neighbours as well, those who may struggle to get out of the house this time of the year, to ensure that they have everything that they need.

“If you are unlucky and get poorly, knowing what to do and where to go for your specific medical need, will ensure that you have a speedy recovery.”

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

“It is vital to remember that the ambulance service and A&E should not be used as an alternative to your GP if your surgery is closed.

“If you or your children require medical assistance outside of normal surgery hours this bank holiday, patients in Southport and Formby have access to a wide range of alternative health services available including GP out-of-hours services and pharmacists who are qualified to offer advice and treat common, everyday illnesses quickly and conveniently.”

For up to the minute information on where to go if you fall ill during the bank holiday, visit your local CCG’s websites, as well as their Twitter and Facebook pages, or visit Examine Your Options: www.examineyouroptions.info

Feeling Unwell? – Examine Your Options

Across the region, 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.

Pharmacy Services

Several pharmacies will be open throughout the Christmas bank holiday period and the best way to find out which pharmacy is open and when is to visit your CCG’s website and check out their Twitter and Facebook pages for on the day updates.

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can also help you to self-care and prepare for many common winter illnesses and offer advice on which medicines to keep in stock at home.

In Sefton – whilst all pharmacies provide advice and treatment for a range of minor illnesses and ailments, a number in Sefton offer Care at the Chemist, which ensures our most vulnerable patients who don't routinely pay for their prescriptions have free and easy access to over the counter medicines they may need without the need to see a doctor.

NHS.UK

You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies in your local area by visiting www.nhs.uk. This useful website also includes a handy 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. A GP will be available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays (local GP practice times may vary). 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.

In West Lancashire, residents can now see a GP in the evenings and weekends at certain times.

On Tuesdays from 6.30pm to 8pm at the Skelmersdale Family Practice; on Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 8pm at the Matthew Ryder Clinic in Upholland and at the Tarleton Group Practice from 6.30pm to 8pm; on Thursdays at the West Lancashire Health Centre in Ormskirk from 6.30pm to 8pm.

At the weekend, you can see a GP, nurse and blood clinic at the Sandy Lane Health Centre in Skelmersdale on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday you can see a GP and nurse from 10am to 2pm.

To make an appointment to see an extended hours GP, contact your GP practice.

However, during the festive period, as Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on a Bank Holiday, this extended service will not operate on these days and on New Year’s Eve it is GP and Nurse appointments only from 9am to 1pm.

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 www.examineyouroptions.info

Urgent Treatment/Walk-in Centres

West Lancashire has two walk-in centres. The Urgent Treatment Centre (formally referred to as the West Lancashire Walk-in Centre) in Ormskirk, which is based at Ormskirk Hospital, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ. This centre is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week and the Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre at The Concourse, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LJ, which is open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays, although over the Christmas and New Year bank holiday opening times will vary.

On Christmas Day, the Ormskirk centre will open from 9am to 5pm, with Skelmersdale’s open from 10am to 2pm. On Boxing Day, the Ormskirk centre will be open from 8am to 8pm and Skelmersdale from 9am to 5pm. On New Year’s Day the Ormskirk centre will be open from 8am to 8pm and Skelmersdale from 9am to 5pm.

The staff within these centres can treat minor injuries and minor ailments.

To access help, visit the respective centre that you would like to use and speak to the receptionist. Once you are booked in, you will be seen by a clinician who will decide how urgent your case is and you will be then be seen in priority order.

Sefton - Litherland Walk-in Centre is open 8am – 8pm every day including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. No matter where you live in Sefton you can simply drop in - there is no need for an appointment and all ages can get treatment here. The service treats minor illnesses and injuries that do not need a visit to accident and emergency (A&E). Remember A&E is for serious and life-threatening illnesses or injuries.

Litherland walk-in centre is based in Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Rd, L21 9JN. Call 0151 475 4667.

Patient Access

Manage your repeat prescriptions and make GP appointments from the comfort of your own home, without having to venture outside, by using the new FREE Patient Access website and smartphone app. Simply search for ‘Patient Access’ in the app store.

Remember though, if using Patient Access for the very first time, you will first have to contact your GP practice so that you can register to use the app.

 


This week's stories

Regularly updated, scroll down for all the stories: last week 

Homeless for Christmas?

Posted Friday 8 December 9.30 am

Sefton Council announces help is available.

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Image source mercyhousing.org https://goo.gl/images/h8hM2Y

If you know or are aware of anyone who is either homeless or sleeping rough this winter, help is at hand.

Vital information designed to help, advise and work with people who have found themselves without a home or sleeping rough on the streets, especially during the harsh cold winter months, is readily available via Sefton Council’s website.

You can contact the Out of Hours service on 0151 934 3555.

Source: http://mysefton.co.uk/2017/12/07/help-for-the-homeless-in-sefton-this-christmas/


 Is it going to snow in Formby?

Posted Thursday 7 December 10.00 am

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Is snow likely this weekend? Whatever the answer to that question, here's a glimpse of an occasion when it did in Brewery Lane.

This image drawn by Muriel Sibley sometime in the 60s  is the property of Formby Civic Society, hence the copyright sign. It's one of many published on the Society's Flickr account. 

In the lower left corner of the image, there are wagon tracks in the snow and those residents who still live in Brewery Lane area will recognise the clear signs of horse manure between the wagon wheel tracks.

It reminds me of the milk wagon deliveries in my childhood and my father shovelling up the horse manure to feed his rhubarb plants!

Still doesn't answer the snow question though, but the portents look promising or threatening depending on your viewpoint.

Flickr source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/formbycivicsociety/4742839061/in/album-72157624253191683/
(Drawn in 1960) Formby Civic Society guardians and repository.


Volunteer your time this Christmas

Posted Wednesday 6 December 9.00 am

Can you give some of your time to help our local Formby Marie Curie collections team?Marie Curie Volunteer Collectors

Take part in one of our collections and raise vital funds for Marie Curie. Just a small amount of your time will make a huge difference to people living with a terminal illness and their families.

Sign Up Here: https://t.campaign.mariecurie.org.uk/webApp/mcc_supporterRegistration


It's World Soil Day

Posted Tuesday 5 December 8.30 am

Why does this matter to us here in Formby?

As a member of the #EdibleFormby project I agree utterly with Franklin D Roosevelt. The improvement the #EdibleFormby project team observed after we enriched our raised growing beds with organic compost was outstanding.
If you look carefully in the Formby Pool landscape you'll find some very serious composting beds, tucked away behind the trees.

What can you do to help?

Join the #EdibleFormby project team, make your own compost with your garden waste and thirdly support The Soil Association.

The UK countryside only has a hundred harvests left in it. We have to save our soils.

Less than one sixth of the land on Earth is suitable for growing crops. But we’ve taken our soil for granted, and now one third of the world’s arable soils are degraded—and 75% of that is severely degraded.

It can take a thousand years for just one centimetre of topsoil to form, and right now we’re losing the equivalent of 30 football pitches of fertile soil every minute.

The Soil Association has outlined seven ways to protect and support our soils:

  • Recycle plant and animal matter for natural fertilisers
  • Improve soil health monitoring nationwide
  • Encourage soil organisms
  • Protect soils from damage with continuous vegetation cover
  • Plant and retain trees on vulnerable and marginal land
  • Reduce soil compaction from livestock and machinery
  • Introduce crop rotations designed to improve soil health

 



Formby Rotary Club Carol Wagon

Posted Monday 4 December 8.00 am

The Father Christmas Carol wagon tour of Formby has started, a sure sign of the approach of Christmas. There'll be many in Formby, young and old alike, looking forward to this annual treat. I too have very fond memories of the sight and sounds of the wagon and the accompanying helpers slowly progressing around the estate where we lived.  Happy days.

Details of the dates and routes are to be found at the Formby Rotary Club site: Father Christmas and his Carol Wagon.

 

Soil


This Weekend

 Posted Sunday 26 November 12.30 pm 

The Village in Winter

This image is proving to be very popular today. It's mine I captured it several years ago after a rather exceptional snowstorm.

 Posted Saturday 25 November 9.30 am 

Formby Christmas Lights Switch-on

On Sunday the village will be full of residents and visitors as they celebrate the annual Christmas lights switch-on.

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This is the day when the Formby community gathers together to celebrate the start of the festive season.

Market stalls, children's rides, barbeques and fabulous live entertainment is the order of the day and at 5 pm the crowds gather for the switching on of the Christmas lights in Formby village.

When: 26 Nov 2017 at 12:00pm until 26 Nov 2017 at 7:00pm

Where: Chapel Lane, Formby, Liverpool

 


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