Have your say about review of Sefton health policies

People in Sefton are being asked for their views about a range of local health policies that are being updated to reflect the latest medical evidence.

Health policies review

The two NHS bodies responsible for the shaping and buying of health services in Sefton is reviewing more than 100 policies to ensure that resources are used on the treatments which work best for local people.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together with their counterparts in Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington CCGs on a project called ‘Reviewing local health policies’ to agree a number of clinical procedures based on certain criteria.

 

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Hospital supports Armed Forces Week

Hospital hosts tea party in support of Armed Forces’ Week

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Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are hosting a tea party on Friday 23 June in support of Armed Forces’ Week and SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity.

The tea party will run from 12noon to 4pm at the entrance of Southport hospital. During the afternoon there will be tea and coffee kindly donated by Bookers, as well as a cake sale with all donations for SSAFA. A vintage World War Two military ambulance will be in attendance along with members of 208 Field Hospital, Liverpool and 207 Field Hospital, Manchester. There will also be displays about the role of medics in the military.

The Trust is the 2016 public sector winner of the North West Armed Services Business Award and has a track record of working collaboratively with personnel. This includes providing flexible working for Reservists to undertake their military commitments as on Exercise and Operational Deployments, with paid support and access to a Forces Champion.

A number of staff at the Trust are members of the reserve forces or veterans, including Head of Nursing Kath Higgins who is also a Lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. Kath said:

“We’re thrilled to be supporting Armed Forces’ Week and SSAFA.

“This is a great opportunity for our staff, patients and members of the public to find out more about the Armed Services and the role medical staff play.” 

Issued by Kimberley Rushton, Senior Communications and Marketing Officer Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone       01704 705061
Email               kimberley.rushton@nhs.net 
Web                 www.southportandormskirk.nhs.uk
Twitter @SONHSTrust

 


National Neighbourhood Watch Week

Merseyside Police is supporting this year’s National Neighbourhood Watch Week, which runs from this Saturday 17 – Sunday 25 June.

Neighbourhood watchNeighbourhood Watch is a useful way in which communities can work together with the police to prevent, detect and reduce crime and antisocial behaviour. The message for this year’s awareness week is Connecting and Protecting Communities, with particular focus on raising awareness of scams.

Scams often target people in vulnerable situations and can come in many forms; emails, letters, telephone calls or in-person visits where rogue traders make false claims to con the victim out of money.

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Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s) in Sefton have new Powers

Sefton Council has announced new actions to combat dog fouling and littering.

Civil Enforcement Officer in Sefton are exercising newly acquired powers

The duties and powers of civil enforcement officers and of traffic wardens are now combined with respect to the issuing of fixed penalty notices for additional offences; and for connected purposes.


Dog Dirt 2Civil Enforcement Officers (CEO’s) in Sefton have new powers to tackle dog fouling and littering. 

Many officers can now issue fixed-penalty-notices of up to £75 for anyone caught dropping litter or not picking up their dog’s waste.

This is on top of their ability to issue parking notices. 

The new powers recently came into force and falls within Sefton Council’s 2030 Vision of creating a clean, green and beautiful borough......more

 


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'

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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

 


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/

 


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


Are you celebrating Nurses Day?

Nurses Day is celebrated around the world every May 12, the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth.

Both Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals are celebrating the day and are inviting all nurses to join them for the event.

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Beach Safe 2017 Starts

The Beach Safe 2017 campaign is under way.

The initiative by Sefton Council in partnership with Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue and the National Trust will promote safe use of the beaches along Sefton’s 22 miles of coast.

     They are encouraging people to be aware of potential risks and dangers of being on the beach, as well as being respectful to the environment and other beach users. The Beach Safe campaign is an annual summer collaboration of partners hoping to ensure everybody stays safe and enjoys our beautiful coast.

          “We are delighted to work with partners again to deliver these important messages. We want all beach users to be safe and to have a great time enjoying the Sefton coast. We ask that beach users be respectful to each other and the environment.”

via mysefton.co.uk

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