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More culinary choice coming to Formby village

The announcement has caused the following flurry of excitement and expressions of interest on Twitter

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I must say, I too am looking forward to the opportunity to experience a wider range of culinary choice. 

What do you think? Tweet your comments to FormbyFirst Blog @formbyvillage or add a comment by selecting the comment tag below.


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Phototherapy cabinets shine healing power of light

They may look like sunbeds but these are new phototherapy cabinets which heal rather than tan the skin.

Phototheraphy LiveSouthport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has installed the cutting-edge equipment at its Dermatology unit in Ormskirk.

The walk-in cabinets emit UVB rays which help patients with skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

The unit, which sees around 20,000 patients a year, underwent refurbishment over summer and the new cabinets are already proving popular with patients.

Staff nurse Lauren Penn said:

“We are one of the first trusts in the UK to get these new phototherapy cabinets. The UVB rays heal a variety of skin conditions. They penetrate the skin and heal from the inside out.

“We have already seen an improvement in skin conditions for patients who are using the new cabinets.”

The amount of time patients can spend inside is strictly monitored. It can range from 25 seconds to five minutes. Ultraviolet B (UVB) phototherapy uses a wavelength of light that is invisible to human eyes.

Dermatologist Dr Aamir Memon added:

Phototheraphy Live 2We strive to offer the very best dermatology care to our patients. We want to become a centre of excellence for psoriasis in the North West.

“By replacing old phototherapy machines with state of the art equipment, we have moved a step closer to this aim. Apart from psoriasis, phototherapy is an option for patients with numerous conditions such as eczema, acne, generalised itching, and other inflammatory conditions.”

Dermatology at Ormskirk hospital also treats people who suffer from acne and oversees minor skin surgery, allergy skin patching and photodynamic therapy. The team also carries out skin cancer reviews.

Issued by Dickie Felton
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Telephone 01704 705061
Twitter @SONHSTrust


Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton. The North West Regional Spinal Injuries is hosted by the Trust from Southport hospital.

New Home for MacMillan's Cancer Information & Support Centre

Macmillan’s Cancer Information and Support Centre in Southport has moved premises and is celebrating with an event for the public.

Previously on Scarisbrick Avenue, the new centre, now at 20 Stanley Street in Southport, will be holding its Macmillan coffee launch on Thursday 13th October from 10am – 2pm.

The centre, set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), supports people affected by cancer. The launch event will be a fun filled day with coffee and cake, a raffle, mini make-overs from Boots, hand massages from Sefton O.P.E.R.A, singing from the Macmillan singing group and lots more.

For all the details see:

 The group holds a Health and Wellbeing Event three times a year bringing like-minded people together. The next event is on Thursday 3rd November at 1pm at Southport Theatre & Convention Centre.

The Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre team are available Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm on 01704 533024 or email

For more information, please visit:

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The Formby Village Jubilee Tree

Have you ever noticed the Formby Jubilee 2012 Tree?

Most of us walk around the village looking straight ahead of us, but sometimes something catches the eyes.

Next to this tree embedded into the paving slab is a brass plaque marking the installation of the tree. It was planted by members  of the the Formby Lions Club, who wanted to mark the occasion of the Queens 60th anniversary, hence the planting.

There's also another example of a tree planted elsewhere in the village in commemoration of one of our former Sefton Councillors, Cllr Syd Whitby. 

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It's fascinating how many signs there are to be found throughout the village calling to mind the lives of other residents.  

Next time, slow down, look more closely and see how many you can find.