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
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United Utilities Water Pipe Burst Update

This is the latest information from United Utilities. 

UULatest Live

They add the following details. 

Your water supply should now be back to normal pressure. However, because there’s been some disturbance to the pipes in your area, you may notice the water is a little cloudy or discoloured.  You can check out our Discoloured Water page for more information.

We're sorry for any inconvenience caused.

 


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/

 


Statement By Merseyside Councils of Faiths

On behalf of Merseyside Council of Faiths, we wish to express our shock and concern following the atrocities last night at the Manchester Arena.

InterfaithWe remember and offer our condolences to the family and friends of those killed and maimed notably many children and young people. We also rejoice at the generosity and solidarity shown by so many Mancunians and the speedy and effective response of the Emergency Services.
 
Merseyside and Greater Manchester have a long history of faith communities working together to promote equality, social justice, and community harmony. We send our good wishes to all those involved in working for community solidarity in the wake of this atrocity notably to all the faith communities in Manchester notably our sister body the Faith Network for Manchester (FN4M).
 
We send a strong message to all who want to use religion to divide our communities that all the faiths stand together today. There is no place in our society for hatred and violence.
 
We again encourage all people (including gatherings of faith communities, in schools, and of community groups) to use the Universal Prayer of Peace as a sign of our solidarity with all those affected:
 
Lead us from death to Life, from falsehood to Truth.
Lead us from despair to Hope, from fear to Trust.
Lead us from hate to Love, from war to Peace.
Let Peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.
Peace, Salaam, Shalom
 
Dr. Shiv Pande MBE DL and the Revd Dr. Sheryl Anderson (Co-Chairs)
 

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.”

 

 


Woodlands primary school anniversary

CALLING all former Woodlands Primary pupils – can you help celebrate the Formby school’s 50th anniversary this summer?

Woodwards school 50th AnniversaryThe school is looking for your memories as a pupil, teacher or parent since it opened its doors on Woodlands Road, Formby, in 1967.

They are staging an exhibition for the pupils of today to see how their school looked back in the 1960s and how it has changed down the years.

So any photos, old uniforms and stories from your time — or your children’s time — at the school would be more than welcome.

The golden jubilee exhibition will feature at the school’s summer fair on Saturday 1 July from 1pm where all former pupils and teachers can take a trip down memory lane.

Get in touch with the school office at Woodlands in Formby if you have anything to contribute or our Facebook page - Search FOWSA - Friends of Woodlands School Association.

 


Latest on Land At Formby Point

Sefton Council is seeking formal approval to transfer land at Formby Point to the National Trust.

SeftonNTLogosIn March 2017, Sefton Council announced discussions had taken place regarding the potential transfer of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols from Sefton’s ownership to The National Trust.

A public notice to dispose of the land was then issued which asked for comments regarding this.

From the correspondence received, there was over-whelming support for the transfer of land to the National Trust. A petition was received with 69 names in favour of the transfer along with 7 separate written responses - 3 supportive and 4 not in favour.

Following further discussions with National Trust, a report is now going to Cabinet on May 25 recommending approval to transfer land at Formby Point to the National Trust.

It would see more than 204 hectares become part of the National Trust Formby portfolio which is home to one of the very best mobile sand dune habitats in the UK.

Sarah Kemp, Executive Director at Sefton Council, said:

"The feedback received over the potential transfer of land in Formby to the National Trust was very supportive and gives extra support for this proposal.

"We are now in a position to recommend the transfer of the land to the National Trust for them to develop a richer visitor experience with local communities and secure the future of this extraordinary coastline.

"We have said all along that we believe the land transfer will enable the National Trust to make a significant contribution to the outcomes of the Sefton 2030 Vision. It will also enable a positive impact in terms of managing the broader landscape for the benefit of people, the local economy, natural wildlife and the environment."


The dunes themselves are home to rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and the rare Natterjack toad. The pine woodlands that fringe the coast provide a wonderful habitat to rare and much loved red squirrels.

The significance of the land at Lifeboat Road recreation area and Ravenmeols has been recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area.

Rebecca Burton, National Trust Assistant Director of Operations, said:

"Our discussions with Sefton have been progressing very well and we are really encouraged by the positive feedback received to the public notice about the potential land transfer.

“We appreciate just how important the Formby Coast is to the people who love it and use it and for the rare wildlife that makes its home here. We look forward to the Cabinet decision and the opportunity that the transfer would offer for the Trust to invest in better visitor facilities and access for the benefit of people who enjoy this special place.

“Our aim is to continue to ensure that Formby Point can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations. We want to continue caring for and protecting this special piece of coastline, working closely with our neighbours, key stakeholders and partners to shape our plans.”

The land transfer would coincide with 2017 being the Year of Sefton's Coast and also the 50 year anniversary of the National Trust in Formby.

Chris Owen
Communications Manager
Sefton Council
Magdalen House, Trinity Road
Bootle L20 3NJ
communications@sefton.gov.uk
0151 934 2723


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.


image from www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk

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