Beware of Fraudsters Hoax Calls

Residents in North Sefton have been receiving phone calls offering a full body MRI or CAT scan for £150.

MerseyNowThe fraudsters are asking for payment details over the phone and then giving an appointment time for the person to turn up at a local hotel where the mobile scanner is alleged to be.

If you receive a call of this nature, IT WILL BE A HOAX!

The NHS and private health providers do not conduct business in this way. Sergeant Keith Burke, Merseyside Police Community Engagement Unit says

"Please take care when providing details over the phone or internet. If you don't believe the person to be who they say they are, do not under any circumstances give them any details. Also if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

If you think you have uncovered a scam, have been targeted or fallen victim to a scam, you can report it in a number of ways:

By calling Merseyside non-emergency line 101 or online via the Merseyside Police website or; By calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at www.actionfraud.police.uk

 


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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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/