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Water Supply Problem L37, Formby

Update @ 07:15 - A team of engineers are on the way to the Formby By Pass to begin repairs to a large burst water pipe causing no waters in your area. They will be on site as soon as possible.

 

Update @ 06.15   A leak on the Formby Bypass affecting customers in L37, has been spotted and reported to us. Our inspector is currently on-site and believes that this is the cause for some of you having no water or just a trickle. 

Here's the latest from United Utilities.

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The Future for Business is Digital

What will Formby be like in the future?

I don't know about you but it's clear we are living through a period of enormous change and upheaval, not least of it in the world of work and business.

More than 100 business delegates from across Sefton descended on Hugh Baird College to learn more about exciting new developments in the field of digital technologies for small firms. 

The theme for Sefton Economic Forum was ‘The Future for Business is Digital’, and was organised by Sefton Growth Hub, part of the Council’s InvestSefton enterprise and investment service. 

Subjects discussed at the event, included digital technologies as an enabler for small firms, future trends, and the many free applications available online to help businesses improve productivity, save time and reduce costs.

The meeting set out to help existing businesses to confront the challenges of new technologies, but I'm interested in the more local level here in Formby.

We know our local Parish Councils have spent at least 2/3 years on a Neighbourhood Plan and we know that has cost quite a lot of time, consultation and money in the preparation. Are you, like me, wondering when that will be adopted? Are the two local Councils going to agree the way forward?

It seems to me given the time taken so far over preparing the plan, it may no longer be fit for purpose. I think we have a right to expect our local civic leaders to be precisely that, leaders.

I'm fast beginning to think that they have lost their way and in doing do, are failing us all in the community.

What do you think?

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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/

 


Statement By Merseyside Councils of Faiths

On behalf of Merseyside Council of Faiths, we wish to express our shock and concern following the atrocities last night at the Manchester Arena.

InterfaithWe remember and offer our condolences to the family and friends of those killed and maimed notably many children and young people. We also rejoice at the generosity and solidarity shown by so many Mancunians and the speedy and effective response of the Emergency Services.
 
Merseyside and Greater Manchester have a long history of faith communities working together to promote equality, social justice, and community harmony. We send our good wishes to all those involved in working for community solidarity in the wake of this atrocity notably to all the faith communities in Manchester notably our sister body the Faith Network for Manchester (FN4M).
 
We send a strong message to all who want to use religion to divide our communities that all the faiths stand together today. There is no place in our society for hatred and violence.
 
We again encourage all people (including gatherings of faith communities, in schools, and of community groups) to use the Universal Prayer of Peace as a sign of our solidarity with all those affected:
 
Lead us from death to Life, from falsehood to Truth.
Lead us from despair to Hope, from fear to Trust.
Lead us from hate to Love, from war to Peace.
Let Peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.
Peace, Salaam, Shalom
 
Dr. Shiv Pande MBE DL and the Revd Dr. Sheryl Anderson (Co-Chairs)
 

Local NHS Services thanked for hard work during ‘cyber attack’

Staff at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have thanked clinical and IT staff for their hard work to make sure patient services were maintained without any disruption following the recent cyber attack

CyberIT staff worked hard to recover computers that were attacked by the virus and the general practices saw patients with appointments throughout the week. Those people who had appointments with community services were also reassured that community services had introduced a temporary system to make sure that patients could be seen as normal.

Services at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust have now returned to normal following the cancellation of some planned services last week.

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

“Staff across the NHS in Sefton worked extremely hard to ensure that patient care was maintained and that no services were forced to close.

“Many staff literally worked round the clock the weekend it happened to ensure that any service disruption was kept to a minimum and we are really grateful for that.

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

“We’d like to say a personal thank you to all the staff who gave up their own time and for their commitment and support to keeping local NHS services up and running.”