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'Safe Refuge' Offer During the Bonfire Period

Merseyside Fire Stations make 'safe havens' offer. 

The Merseyside Fire Service published the following statement on their website yesterday. 

Remember, remember… Merseyside fire stations are community safe havens

Safe haven During the Bonfire period, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is reminding members of the public that they can seek refuge at any Merseyside fire station. 

Over the past four years, all 22 Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service stations have signed up to become ‘Safe Havens’. 

In the weeks leading up to Bonfire Night, firefighters deal with more incidents involving deliberately set fires, wheelie bin and skip fires, bonfires and incidents involving the misuse of fireworks. 

This, in combination with the nights drawing in, can leave some people feeling more at risk at this time of year. 

People who feel unsafe or vulnerable to anti-social behaviour (ASB), or who feel they are being pursued or threatened, can head to a fire station where they will see the Safe Haven signs illuminated at night. 

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan said: “At this time of year, we experience a spike in firework and bonfire-related ASB. Anyone feeling at risk of harm related to this anti-social behaviour can go to one of our 22 Safe Havens. 

“Our firefighters are highly trained in first aid and trauma care and so this initiative allows us to serve our communities and protect vulnerable people. This applies at any time of the year, but is particularly relevant now.” 

To access a station, members of the public should ring the bell by the entrance door. If firefighters are not at the station, assistance can be called in an emergency by using the yellow station phone located at the front of the buildings. 

The Safe Haven scheme was launched in Merseyside in January 2011. As well as fire stations, a number of shops, businesses and community buildings have also been designated as Safe Havens.


Beware of Fraudsters Hoax Calls

Residents in North Sefton have been receiving phone calls offering a full body MRI or CAT scan for £150.

MerseyNowThe fraudsters are asking for payment details over the phone and then giving an appointment time for the person to turn up at a local hotel where the mobile scanner is alleged to be.

If you receive a call of this nature, IT WILL BE A HOAX!

The NHS and private health providers do not conduct business in this way. Sergeant Keith Burke, Merseyside Police Community Engagement Unit says

"Please take care when providing details over the phone or internet. If you don't believe the person to be who they say they are, do not under any circumstances give them any details. Also if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

If you think you have uncovered a scam, have been targeted or fallen victim to a scam, you can report it in a number of ways:

By calling Merseyside non-emergency line 101 or online via the Merseyside Police website or; By calling Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or online at


Formby Fire Station to include Community Police?

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is asking people living in Formby if they would like to see a Community Police Station co-located with the fire and ambulance service in their local fire station.

The Police Commissioner has published news of a consultation for the residents of Formby.

PCC and Formby Fire StationJane Kennedy is proposing to locate a new, accessible Community Police Station in Formby Community Fire Station, which is also used by the North West Ambulance Service, enabling all three emergency services to be co-located.

The Church Road building was opened in 2014 as part of a £47m scheme to modernise fire service facilities across the North West. The station was designed to be used by the entire community and boasts a well-used community gym.

The move would enable the existing police station also on Church Road, which has been closed to the public since 2012, to be sold, with all the money being reinvested into the Force......Full story


People are asked to share their views by November 10th by emailing


Norovirus warning for hospital visitors

Visitors are being asked to stay away from the hospital if they have recently suffered from vomiting or diarrhoea.

image from formbyfirst.typepad.comNorovirus, the winter vomiting bug, is circulating in the community and one case was confirmed this week at Southport and Formby District General Hospital.

A number of beds on wards 7A and 10A have been temporarily closed to new admissions as a precaution.

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

“Instances of diarrhoea and vomiting are always investigated when they occur in hospital. As a precaution, we may close bays within wards while we investigate the cause, which is usually due to a patient’s medical condition rather than infection.

“Coming to the hospital as a visitor when you are poorly with sickness and diarrhoea risks spreading germs to patients and staff. Please stay away unless it is 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.


Hospital holds memorial service to remember loved ones

Southport and Ormskirk hospitals are holding a memorial service next month for anyone wishing to remember a loved one.

Hospital-ServiceThe memorial service will be held at Marshside Road Methodist Church, Southport, at 10.30am on Sunday 5th November. 

Anybody wishing to remember a loved one is welcome to attend.

The service will be led by the Rev Martin Abrams and the Rev Jan Fraser from the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Service.

Dr Karen Groves, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, will also be taking part in the service.

Martin said:

“There are many ways people like to remember loved ones.  This is a warm invitation to come along for anyone who would wish to do it in the context of a church service. We hope the time together will be gentle, supportive and encouraging. 

“There will be different ways of remembering, including the opportunity to light a candle of remembrance, place a flower of remembrance and record the name of someone special.”
There will be refreshments after the service.

The church is near the corner of Marshside Road and Cambridge Road (PR9 9TL).

For more information, contact the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Service on 01704 704639 or email

The chaplaincy service will also hold a baby remembrance service at Ormskirk hospital at 6.30pm on Wednesday 6th December. More details will be published nearer the time.