Hospital Trust apologises after procedures postponed

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has apologised to patients whose procedures were postponed after technical issues in its decontamination suite on Tuesday.

Southport and Formby NHS Hospital Engineers were called in to investigate at Southport hospital after a residue was found in a number of operating theatre instrument sets following their sterilisation. The residue does not represent an infection risk but use of the decontamination suite has been suspended as a precaution.

This has led to a shortfall in instrument sets available to the Trust and led to the postponement of planned operations. Instead, priority is being given to patients who need immediate attention.

Sterilisation of Trust instrument sets is being carried out at neighbouring trusts while the local issue is resolved.

Therese Patten, Chief Operating Officer, said:

“I want to apologise to patients who have had their procedure postponed.

“Our priority is always the safe care of our patients and providing a quality service. That’s why we have taken the difficult decision to delay some procedures

“We are working hard to return to normal levels of service as soon as possible.”

The Trust will issue an update on progress in due course.

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

Telephone 01704 704494
Twitter @SONHSTrust


Hospital Trust names new interim Chief Executive

Karen Jackson named interim chief executive

Hospital New Interim CEOKaren Jackson has been appointed interim Chief Executive of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

She succeeds Iain McInnes who has been interim Chief Executive since August. He is returning to a role with NHS Improvement, the national organisation responsible for overseeing NHS provider trusts.

Karen has most recently been working with NHS Improvement to lead work on improving urgent care service delivery across England.

Before this, she was chief executive at North Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust and has a professional background in NHS finance. She is a graduate in genetics from the University of Liverpool.

Karen said:

I am very happy to be joining the team at Southport and Ormskirk. Even in my short time here I have been impressed with the commitment of staff to providing the very best care for patients. I look forward to supporting that effort and will be here for as long as the Trust needs me.

Iain said:

I have enjoyed my time working at the Trust. There are a lot of dedicated, hardworking staff and it has been a privilege working with them.

The Trust has had many challenges and still has a number to face. It is clear to me that there is a strong commitment to move on and deliver care and a good experience for our patients as we move into a new phase.

We now have a substantive executive team in place. They are dedicated and experienced people who will lead the Trust in the months and years ahead.

I am confident that, with the addition of Karen, I am leaving the Trust in good hands.

Karen officially starts in her new role on Monday 17th April.

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

Telephone 01704 704494
Twitter @SONHSTrust

Local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups Planning Merger

Working together – Sefton and Liverpool CCGs

NHS Liverpool Region CCG ProposalDuring March the governing bodies of NHS South Sefton, NHS Southport and Formby and NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGS) are expected to agree on steps to come together through a formal merger from 1 April 2018.

It follows a series of discussions between the governing bodies beginning in November 2016 exploring the benefits of becoming a single commissioning entity for Sefton and Liverpool. A resulting proposal setting out the steps towards a merger will be presented at the three CCG governing body meetings during March.

The governing bodies believe a merger is the best way to strengthen local commissioning and improve outcomes for our different populations. They feel they will be able to better maximise of the resources and assets available to them by consolidating clinical leadership and working more efficiently during this financially challenging time for the NHS.

Already their transformational programmes - Shaping Sefton and Healthy Liverpool - are coming together through the North Mersey Local Delivery System, and a merger will unite this work.

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

“Together we believe we will be able to do more to improve the health of our populations, by maximising our collective resources and assets to strengthen our work as commissioners during this challenging time for the NHS.

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

“Importantly, this single commissioning organisation will only be effective if it retains the local focus and progress made by each CCG since we were established in 2013, continuing to work closely with our member GP practices, council partners, wider communities and distinct populations.

Dr Nadim Fazlani, chair of NHS Liverpool CCG, said:

“By retaining the local talent, skills, experience and focus of the existing organisations, our patients will benefit from a stronger CCG, capable of meeting the challenges we’re facing in the NHS, to ensure we continue to commission high-quality healthcare into the future.”  

NHS England and the CCGs’ member GP practices will need to formally approve a merger, and talks with these parties will begin in April 2017.

For further information please contact Laura Gibson, communications and engagement officer on 0151 247 7060


Sefton Council in Discussions With National Trust Over Land Transfer at Formby Point

Listen to Sefton Council and the National Trust speakers as they explain the proposed transfer of land around Formby Point.

Sefton Council has just released this short video featuring Councillor Paul Cummins of Sefton Council and Rebecca Burton of the National Trust.

They explain what the proposal is about and the sort of benefits they hope to achieve.


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National Trust Could Acquire Formby Point

Discussions have taken place between Sefton Council and the National Trust over the potential land transfer of land in Formby.

Sandcastle on Formby beachSefton Council has just published a formal notice considering the disposal of land to the northern and southern side of Lifeboat Road (Formby Point).

In light of this, positive conversations have taken place regarding the transfer of land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols from Sefton’s ownership to The National Trust.

If agreed, 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 entire UK.

The dunes themselves are home to some very rare wildlife including sand lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetles and the rare Natterjack toad. The pine woodlands that fringe the coast are also home to rare red squirrels.

The land at Lifeboat Road adjoins an area whose significance is reflected by being part of the Sefton Coast Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area for birds.

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

Cllr Ian Maher, Labour Leader at Sefton Council, said:

"As part of the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership Board, we constantly work with partners to continue to conserve and enhance the natural landscape that forms the Sefton Coast. This is done while managing growing visitor numbers in a sustainable and responsible manner.

"Residents and visitors to the borough made strong representation through the consultation process for the Sefton 2030 Vision for their desire to access and enjoy all the benefits the Sefton coast has to offer. The consultation also revealed how people wish to preserve the cultural, historical and ecological assets that are much cherished.

"In light of this, discussions are taking place with National Trust with the view of transferring land to them to develop further and secure the future of this fantastic coastline.

"We see this as an amazing opportunity where National Trust can improve and invest on this piece of land for the benefit of our communities and the many visitors to our borough."

NT and Formby Point LiveIt is hoped the acquisition of the land at Lifeboat Road and Ravenmeols will enable the National Trust to have a much bigger positive impact in terms of managing the broader landscape for the benefit of people, wildlife and nature.

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

"The Formby Coast is very important both to the people who love it and use it and because of its environmental significance and the wildlife that lives here.

"As one of our key neighbours and partners in the management of the coastal area at Formby, we are continually talking to Sefton Council, local people and with our other partners, about the best way to manage this special area for the benefit of both wildlife and people.

"2017 marks 50 years since parts of Formby came into the care of the National Trust. This stretch of coastline is of international significance for its sand dunes and is home to rare wildlife including red squirrels and Natterjack toads.

"Our aim is to ensure that this special place can continue to be used and enjoyed by future generations, whilst recognising that the coast is a continually evolving and changing environment.

"We are excited about the future opportunity to invest in better visitor facilities and access across this area of the Sefton coast, working with local people to help us design our plans

"By working closely with our neighbours, key stakeholders and partner organisations, we will continue to care and protect this special piece of coastline in a way no other organisation can."

Any objections or representations to the proposed disposal must be made in writing and addressed to Mr David Street, Assets and Property Manager, Sefton Council, Magdalen House, 30 Trinity Road, Bootle, L20 3NJ, no later than March 22, 2017.

(Source: Sefton Council and NT) 



Have Your Say on the Sefton Coast Plan

The Sefton Coast Plan is a non-statutory document prepared by Sefton MBC with the support of the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership.

Sefton Coast Plan LiveThe aim of this Plan is to take stock of the pressures and opportunities that affect the people, landscape and economy of the coast and deliver a new vision for the Sefton Coast to 2030 and beyond. There are some very important topics that will have an impact on all of us who live on the coast.

Make your views known.

Summary of Topic Papers

  • Landscape and Nature
  • Access and Recreation
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Regulation and Control
  • Skills, Lifelong Learning and Employment
  • Water Resources
  • The Historic Environment
  • Energy
  • Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management
  • Coastal Change, Climate Change and Adaptation
  • Delivery through Partnership Working

All of the topic documents are available online and are introduced in the following way:

The Sefton Coast is a source of inspiration for an active, inquiring and fun-loving population. The coast makes a huge contribution to the unique character of the borough – exciting and full of surprises, always changing as the winds and tides constantly influence the shape of the coast. Because this is such a special place the Sefton Coast Landscape Partnership has developed a draft Plan setting out how we can make the most of the Sefton Coast.

We would like your views on this; both on how you use and value the coast, what you would like to see improved and on the plan itself.

The Plan is supported by a set of topic papers that provide background information. We understand that not everyone will have time to go through these so we have also provided a summary. You can access all these documents from this page........

You can share your views with us by completing the questionnaire or by sending responses to The consultation will end on the 13th of April.


Formby Parish Council Needs You

Have you got the ideas and the energy to enrich the life of Formby?

There's a vacancy on Formby Parish Council. Get involved in the life of your local community.

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Formby Parish Council Vacancy

In a previous post, I asked a question of Formby Parish Council about a complex resolution including a reference to a vacancy.

I also sent a copy of the question to Sefton Council seeking their advice about the resolution the Parish Council intended to discuss at their meeting.

( See: )

The resolution is reproduced below.

7.1 To formally acknowledge the resignation of Cllr Gwyther and to determine whether to reduce the number of Cllrs to 14 for the present time, whilst formalising the process to re-draw the boundary of Formby Parish Council to incorporate the area known as Little Altcar Parish Council

In the event, the resolution was withdrawn at the last moment but the vacancy formally acknowledged. Since then despite my emails, I have yet to receive any further information and only the briefest of reply from Sefton.

I am have now approached the Electoral Commission with this question as shown in my 'tweet'.

More to follow.

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Further GP practices sign up to successful pilot

Following the success of a repeat prescription pilot at 19 GP practices in Sefton, resulting in over £200,000 worth of estimated savings, 13 more surgeries are now signing up to the scheme.

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

Medicine Scheme LiveNHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG are piloting the system that stops pharmacies from being able to order repeat prescriptions on behalf of patients from those participating practices.

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management for both CCGs, said:

“Since its launch five months ago, the pilot is already proving to be a success with an estimated saving of £220,000 so far across Sefton.

It is important to note for those at the practices coming on board that the pilot will not affect anyone who already orders their own repeat prescriptions directly from their GP practice, and whilst the new system may be inconvenient for some, it does address some very real medicines safety issues as well as safeguarding precious NHS funds.”

Whilst GP practices will put special arrangements in place for those patients who would struggle to order their own repeat prescriptions directly from their GP practice, the next roll out will mean it will now affect 81,000 of a total of nearly 280,000 people registered at practices in Sefton.

It means that from 6 March, the 13 GP practices that are new to the pilot will be able to more safely monitor repeat prescriptions for these patients, ensuring their repeat medications remain appropriate for their individual medical conditions, which often change over time.

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

“We know that the current system often leads to patients receiving medications they do not require, yet because their pharmacy orders their repeats for them people continue to receive excess, which is a real safety issue and we need to end this.”

So, as well as introducing safer prescribing systems, the scheme will also save money, enabling more vital NHS funds to be spent on priority healthcare benefiting a greater number of Sefton residents.

Formby GP, Dr Emily Ball, said:

“We know our NHS services are operating in difficult financial times, so anything that can save resources whilst importantly improving patient safety at the same time has to be welcomed and I’d encourage residents who may experience some initial inconvenience to consider the overwhelming safety and cost benefits of this pilot.”

Bootle GP, Dr Anna Ferguson, added:

“This is about patients, carers, practices and pharmacies working together to achieve the safest and most cost effective prescribing systems that benefit us all.

If you are experiencing any difficulties don’t be afraid to speak to your practice or the Patient Advice and Liaison Service to resolve any issues.”

The pilot initially ran for five months in 19 practices and now the CCGs are adding 13 GP practices, which are listed below:

• Blundellsands Surgery
• Westway Medical Centre
• Netherton Health Centre
• Crossways Health Centre
• Crosby Village Surgery
• Moore Street Surgery
• Orrell Park Medical Centre
• 42 Kingsway Surgery
• Glovers Lane Surgery
• Rawson Road Medical Centre
• The Family Surgery
• Ainsdale Medical Centre
• Cumberland House Surgery

Patients new to the pilot will be invited to give their views and experiences as part of the evaluation of the system.

Anyone wanting to give their views about the pilot can complete a short survey, which can be found on each CCG’s website, along with more information and videos about the project by clicking here.

Those patients affected by the scheme have been sent a letter from their practice and the two CCGs, giving them full details of how the pilot will work and what it means for them. Anyone who has queries or who wants to know more can contact the PALS team on 0800 218 2333 or email