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Public invited to governing body meetings

Members of the public who're interested in learning more about health commissioning across Sefton can attend the latest governing body meetings.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are holding their next meetings in July, with doctors, nurses and other health professionals discussing the performance of local health services, such as hospitals and community care.

NHS Southport and Formby CCG will hold its meeting on Wednesday 4 July while NHS South Sefton CCG's meet the following day on Thursday 5 July.

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG interim chair, said:

“For the governing body it’s important that the public are always part of the decisions we make, this is why it’s great to see local people in attendance.

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

“I’d welcome members of the public who wants to know more about health services in our area to come and hear the discussions that take place.”

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Dr Emily Bell

A local GP is returning to the NHS Southport and Formby CCG governing body for her meeting as the new clinical lead for planned care.  Formby GP Dr Emily Ball has lived in the town since 2004, after growing up in Crosby and training in Nottingham.

NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 4 July at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport at 1 pm.

Papers will be made available here beforehand: 

www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/about-us/governing-body/governing-body-meetings

NHS South Sefton CCG meeting will take place on Thursday 5 July at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1 pm.

Papers will be made available here beforehand:

www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/governing-body/governing-body-meetings

Attendees may also be able to ask questions before the meeting formally starts.   

To confirm attendance or for more information please call 0151 317 8456


Don’t score an own goal this week – stay cool in the hot weather

With weather forecasters predicting a hot, sunny week ahead, and the bonus of another England football match, health leaders in Sefton are encouraging people to stay cool.

HeatwaveIf you’re combining the footie with a few beers and a BBQ afterwards, remember that alcohol increases your risk of dehydration. Don’t score an own goal; take care to stay hydrated and use sunscreen.

With temperatures predicted to reach 28°C on Merseyside, sun worshippers are being urged to take it easy in the heat by following this simple advice:

  • Drink cold drinks and avoid tea, coffee and alcohol which can dehydrate you
  • Use sunscreen with a Sunscreen Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15, make sure that it is still in date, follow the pack instructions and apply at regular intervals – otherwise, it is ineffective
  • Use sunscreen together with shade and clothing to protect your skin from burning – never use sunscreen as a reason to stay longer in direct sunlight
  • Make sure you have water with you
  • Check on elderly and vulnerable neighbours and friends who may find the heat too much. The heat can be dangerous for the very young, older people or those with serious illnesses. In particular, it can make heart and respiratory problems worse.

Debbie Fagan, the chief nurse at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“Most of us will be making the most of the warm weather we’re currently enjoying, but it’s important we don’t end up regretting it either.

“Sunscreen, shade and plenty of water, especially if you’ve been drinking alcohol, are the three main things you should be doing to keep yourself healthy.

“If you feel unwell after being in the sun for some time, it’s a good idea to go somewhere cool to rest and have a cool shower or bath. If you are breathless, or are confused or dizzy, call NHS 111 straight away, they’ll be able to give you more advice.”

Your local pharmacy can also help provide over the counter remedies during the summer.

The NHS Choices website is also full of help and advice www.nhs.uk.


Constituency Forum

Local residents now have a new way to engage even further with Sefton Council and its partners. Exchange-of-ideas-222786_640

Constituency Forums are being introduced as a more relaxed way for residents to talk to agencies, councillors and Council departments about any issues they have.

The forums will be held twice a year in each of the respective Parliamentary Constituencies within Sefton; Bootle, Central Sefton and Southport.

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Cabinet Member Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said:

After consulting about the old and aged style of Area Committees, we decided to take a look at how we engage with our communities and came up with the idea of the Constituency Forums.

The format of the Constituency Forum will be a market-place style at which there will be a number of tables for ward Councillors, internal Sefton departments and partners to attend.

This will give our valued residents the opportunity to arrive, get a drink and talk to agencies, councillors and departments about any issues they have, moving from table to table depending on the resident’s particular needs.

We hope that this new format will remove the formality of the old Area Committee process and attract residents to a more relaxed public meeting at which they feel that the Council and its partners are more accessible and friendly.

Dates for the forums have been announced and I really hope people take the time to attend them.

The planned dates for the Constituency Forum across Sefton are:

  • Bootle – Thursday, June 21 at 6.30pm in Bootle Town Hall’s Ball Room
  • Central Sefton – Thursday, June 28 at 6.30pm in Crosby Lakeside
  • Southport – Thursday, July 5 at 6.30pm in The Atkinson’s Studio Room

Each forum is expected to finish around 9 pm.


Formby Live 2018

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Starting Friday night 22nd June, with Live Music in local venues then the action moves into the weekend of 23 & 24 June. 

At Formby Pool, there will two days of family fun activities, including children's rides and BBQ tent and, of course, live music from the Merseycats stage. Meanwhile, in the Village, there will be a stage outside the Chapel Lane surgery from 2 - 6 pm presenting a variety of musical talent from the young and old.

Local venues, Café D'Art and Woodwards will have live music throughout the days from 2 pm 'till late, a Beer tent, BBQ and Prosecco & Gin bar too!

Keep up to up to date on the latest news and schedule of performances by visiting the Formby Live facebook page.