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Dream Jar & Christmas Card Workshop


Dream Jar & Christmas Card Workshop

Formby Library will be welcoming back local artist, Holly Bushnell, to run creative sessions on Saturday, December 3.

Holly will be showing children how to make their own ‘Dream Jars’ with a half-hour demonstration starting at 10am before the kids get the chance to make their own creations.

The session costs £5 per child and includes all materials provided.

Following on at 12-1:30pm, Holly will be guiding children through another session to design their own Christmas cards. This session will cost £2 per child and includes all materials.Parents can book their child onto either or both sessions subject to availability.

Places are limited so please book in advance by calling Formby Library on 01704 874177 or emailing


Holly Bushnell at Formby Library Live

Changes to visiting times at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust is changing visiting times to ensure patients can enjoy their lunch without distractions.

Visiting times at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals will now run from 1pm to 8.30pm. This does not include maternity and neonatal wards which have their own visiting times. Visitors who come in to assist patients with meals are still welcome from midday, they are just asked to identify themselves to a member of staff on arrival.

Carol Fowler, Acting Deputy Director of Nursing, said:

“We extended our visiting times last year as we recognised the importance of visitors in aiding patients’ recovery.

Nutritious meals also play a large part in recovery and we’ve noticed some patients becoming distracted at lunchtime and their food was cold by the time they came to eat it, or they weren’t eating at all. We hope by adjusting the visiting start time slightly, our patients will see the benefit.”

If friends and family find these visiting times are not convenient, they can speak to the nurse in charge of the ward who will be able to help.

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

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CQC rating of Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

England’s chief inspector of hospitals has published the latest report into services at Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust following the CQC’s inspection earlier in April this year.

The trust was rated as ‘requires improvement’ and whilst the CQC found there had been significant improvements in some services, it has rated the accident and emergency department (A&E) and the surgical services at Southport and Formby District General Hospital as ‘inadequate’. 

You can see the CQC's full report and assessment of services at the trust by visiting its website

In a joint statement, NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS West Lancashire CCG, said:

CCG Web Logo for LiveIt is encouraging that the report recognises the care and compassion of hospital and community staff at the trust, reflecting their commitment, hard work and dedication. It is also promising to see improvements in some of those service areas that rated poorly in the CQC’s last inspection.

The report does however reflect that a great deal more needs to be done. It highlights areas that require much needed improvement, such as community health services and others of significant concern, particularly A&E. It is clear that urgent care services need to rapidly improve.

“We will tackle these issues, as well as other ongoing quality concerns we have, collaboratively through both CCGs working with Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and other health and social care partners, so we can achieve the quality of care we expect for our patients.

“We are committed to commissioning high quality services, provided locally whenever it is safe and appropriate in line with our individual CCG programmes, Building for the Future and Shaping Sefton with its vision of community centred health and care. These programmes put GP practices and their patients at their core, enabling hospitals to concentrate on providing quality services focused around their areas of expertise and which better join up with the other community based care that our patients need.

“Shaping Sefton and Building for the Future have been informed by the views of the hospital, other health and social care partners and our residents and we now need to move this work forward to address the challenges we face. We are at the start of a process to determine how services might adapt so they are able to better meet the changing needs of our patients, offering them better health outcomes in the future.

“We will need to build on the strong clinical relationships that exist between the hospital and our GP membership to move this work forward, also closely involving wider health and social care partners. In addition, the views of our residents will be crucial in determining any options for future service arrangements that may emerge from this work over time.”

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Young people ‘takeover’ at Sefton healthcare event

Take over challenge Young Advisors from Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) took control of a high level engagement meeting at NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG to mark the launch of the Children’s Commissioner for England’s Takeover Challenge 2016. 

Six young people from Sefton Young Advisors led a meeting of the CCGs’ jointEngagement and Patient Experience Group (EPEG) on 18 November and took over the CCGs’ twitter accounts at the same time.

Graham Bayliss Ryan McCarthy, aged 17, a Sefton Young Advisor who attended the session, said:

“It was great to be given the chance to come into the CCGs and speak to people from our local NHS. It matters for us what happens to healthcare in Sefton in the future and how we are engaged with so we really welcomed the opportunity.”

The CCGs’ EPEG meetings aim to ensure that local people’s voices of all ages are heard and considered when planning local healthcare and that there are effective channels of communication and networks in place to enable this to happen.

EPEG brings the CCGs together with partners from Sefton Council, Sefton CVS, Healthwatch Sefton and Sefton Carers Centre to encourage borough residents to get involved in their local NHS, and a Young Adviser has recently joined the group.

In addition to regular EPEG members, representatives from organisations that directly provide health services, like Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, were also invited to come along.

Ryan continued:

“I hope it was useful for the CCGs for us to take over their meeting and that they got some ideas from us about how best to engage with young people across Sefton. We look forward to working more with the CCGs in the future.”

The session started off with an ice breaker to get everyone to know each other before presenting their views about how best to engage with young people like themselves. Some of their top tips to involve young people were don’t use jargon or acronyms, never assume and always ask for their opinions and always keep them informed and included.

A video was also shown by The Camhelions, a group of young people who champion youth mental health in Sefton, about the transition from children’s to adult’s mental health services. The video can be viewed here

Gill DebbieDebbie Fagan, chief nurse and lead for children’s services at the CCGs, said:

“It’s so important that we engage with young people and what better way to find out what works best than from the young advisers themselves.

“We value their input and there were some great ideas from them at the meeting that we’ll certainly be taking on board. I hope it was useful for them as well to understand a bit more on how the local NHS works. We are particularly looking forward to working in partnership with the young advisors to target the hard to reach and more vulnerable children which is really important to the CCGs.”

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, said:

“Takeover Challenge goes from strength to strength every year, with tens of thousands of children across England now taking part. I am enormously grateful to organisations and individuals who embrace the challenge and throw open their doors to involve young people.

“Young people are full of fresh ideas, imagination and energy so they can really provide a fresh perspective that organisations can benefit from. Giving children and young people a chance to do adult roles for the day helps organisations understand the needs of children, who also use the experience to show off their talents and achieve their full potential.”

Takeover Challenge is a country-wide event run by the Children’s Commissioner for England which gives children the opportunity to step in the shoes of adults at work. The Challenge has grown year-on-year with more than 45,000 children from all over the country taking part in 2016. Organisations and individuals who get involved include major broadcasters, government departments, a West End theatre and MPs.

Photo 1 - EPEG co-chair and NHS South Sefton CCG lay representative, Graham Bayliss pictured second left with Sefton Young Advisors

Photo 2 - EPEG co-chair and NHS Southport and Formby CCG lay representative, Gill Brown (2nd left) and CCG chief nurse, Debbie Fagan (4th left) pictured with Sefton Young Advisors