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Poorly visitors asked to stay away from hospital

Visitors to hospital are being asked to stay away if they are ill with vomiting, diarrhoea or flu-like symptoms.

Novo VirusAn outbreak of norovirus, a winter vomiting bug, has temporarily closed Ward 10b at Southport and Formby District General Hospital to new admissions.

The Trust has also seen a sharp increase in patients admitted with flu in January.

Andrew Chalmers, Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control, said:

"Both norovirus and flu are highly infectious. Medical complications from flu can be particularly serious for vulnerable people such as those with long-term medical conditions or weakened immune systems.

Friends and family who suspect they are poorly with either flu or norovirus must not visit patients in hospital unless absolutely necessary. If a visit is essential, please telephone the ward manager first."

Symptoms of norovirus include a sudden onset of vomiting and/or diarrhoea. Some people may have a temperature, headache and stomach cramps.

The illness usually resolves in one or two days and there are no long-term effects. If you are affected, stay at home, drink plenty of fluids, wash your hands after using the toilet and prior to eating, and clean or disinfect contaminated surfaces.

In particular, anyone who has experienced sickness or diarrhoea in the past 48 hours should stay away from hospitals and other healthcare providers, as either a visitor or a patient, except in a genuine medical emergency.

Unlike a cold, flu usually comes on very quickly and symptoms include a temperature, chills, muscle and joint aches, cough, sneezing and a runny nose.

Usually, you can manage flu symptoms yourself at home and there's no need to see a GP. Most people feel better within a week but call NHS 111 or your GP for symptoms that won’t go away.

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

Telephone 01704 704494
Twitter @SONHSTrust

Planning Inspector Rejects Plans for South of Formby Industrial Estate

There's likely to be a mixed response to the Planning Inspectors decision to exclude the proposal for south of Formby Industrial Estate.

Local Plan Inspectors Decision Live

The proposal was for the mixed-use development of employment floorspace and a significant expansion of the existing sports facilities. 

The development would be contained within the area marked on the map. This is provided purely for illustrative purposes and is not accurate.

In his judgment, the Inspector made the following comments.


1. In my Note dated 18 November 2016 (EX.126) I gave Formby and Little Altcar Parish Councils and Sefton Council the opportunity of making the choice of employment allocation at Formby at a local level via the Formby & Little Altcar Neighbourhood Development Plan. In their responses the Councils have stated that they wish the choice to be made by me in the Sefton Local Plan. I understand these decisions and the reasons behind them, and I thank the parties for giving the suggestion their serious consideration......

4.......Both proposed schemes should deliver an acceptable mix of employment development, which is the main objective of the allocation at Formby. Taking all relevant matters into account, whilst the benefits of the South scheme would be considerable, in my judgement they do not outweigh the significantly greater adverse impacts of the South scheme when compared to the lesser impacts of the North scheme. I consider that the North scheme would be the more sustainable development and would achieve greater consistency with the National Planning Policy Framework.(My italics)

5. Consequently the allocation of Land North of Formby Industrial Estate (MN2.48), which was included in the ‘Proposed Modifications Local Plan’ published for consultation in June 2016, will remain in the Plan as the sole strategic employment allocation at Formby in policy MN2, with the site-specific requirements set out in policy MN4.......

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Wartime Plans Finally Realised?

Highways England are finally consulting the public on their plans for the Port of Liverpool access scheme.

I use the word 'finally' because one of the routes was first drawn up during World War 2. At least, that's what I heard, when I was a Sefton Councillor in the 1980s.

According to my informant, a Labour member of the then Merseyside County Council and former member of Bootle Borough Council, he first knew of these plans immediately after the war ended. So after all that time, the plans have come forward.

There are two options illustrated below. The Rimrose Valley option, the one I heard about, is shown first. Select each image, in turn, to see it in greater detail.

Rimrose Valley Option Live

New Docks Road Option A

It's going to prove interesting to see in what way, either of these two schemes, will affect residents in Formby travelling into Liverpool, or further South on a daily basis.

Here's how Highways England introduce the scheme options on their website.

In December 2014 Highways England was asked by the government, as part of the Road Investment Strategy, to look at ways to improve road access to the Port of Liverpool.

The Port of Liverpool makes a significant contribution to the regional economy and is an important source of employment for the local community.

The port is already the busiest in the North West and with the recently opened deep-water container berth, Liverpool2, it is set to become even busier.

This is great news for jobs and the regional economy but this growth depends on freight being able to access the port. The A5036 is the main road linking the port to the motorway network. This road is already congested and has a poor safety record; this situation is forecast to worsen as the area is developed.

This road-based solution is part of a much wider set of proposals across Merseyside and the North West. The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is working with a range of partners to deliver transport measures that will improve port access and increase capacity by rail, road and water. More information is available on their website.

You can find further information and details of the options in the consultation brochure.

For the full details see the links below:


Consultation Survey Link:


Official Opening of Suay Restaurant, Formby

I'm live blogging this evening at the official opening of the new Pan Asia food restaurant, Suay in Formby.

Catch a flavour of the event, taste all the excitement. Follow the live blog here:


Live Blogging

The plan for Sefton - Community centred health and care

Southport and Formby CCG recently  held an open Governing Body meeting

As usual, there was a very long and extensive agenda, which included a series of  reports for the Governors to consider. 

Charlotte Bailey, Executive Director, Sefton MBC started  the meeting with a  presentation about a  'Partnership Locality Model'. This is clearly Sefton's response to the CCG's policy document, 'Shaping Sefton our vision for community centred health and care'

I've posted a small extract from the front of that document below.

In 2014-2015 we had a budget of just over £170million to spend on commissioning health services for 122,585 Southport and Formby residents. The majority of this money, over 60%, was spent on hospital-based care.

Here is a breakdown of how we spend our money.

CCG Expenditure Live

We work closely with a wide range of partners who have a stake in ensuring the good health and wellbeing of all Southport and Formby residents. This includes Sefton Council and its Health and Wellbeing Board, other NHS commissioners and service providers, Healthwatch Sefton and voluntary, community and faith organisations.

Shaping Sefton - our vision for future health care

We want all health and care services to work better together – to be more joined up – with as many as possible provided in our local communities, so it is easier for you to get the right support and treatment first time, to help you live a healthy life and improve your wellbeing

We call this community centred health and care

At the bottom of the chart, the little note explains that the community costs are excluded from the diagram. Note that the largest proportion of costs are on 'fixing people' rather than preventing people from getting ill.

Recently we've all heard of the need for changes in health care provision; the meeting illustrates that this process is underway. I indicated in an earlier posting that members of the public are always welcome at these meetings and can ask questions or raise issues at the start.

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