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Discharge Lounge at Southport Hospital Open

Work is now complete on the new discharge and transfer lounge.

TheSFHospitalLogo lounge on opened yesterday (Monday 16 July) at Southport and District General Hospital. The new unit will improve patient flow, relieving pressure on A&E, improving care and the overall patient experience.

Head of patient flow Hazel Irizar explains:

“This is part of a more significant project to completely overhaul our emergency care provision. The new unit will free up space in accident and emergency, and provide a more comfortable experience for patients waiting for discharge. The unit has three beds and a side-room, plus a seating area for up to eight mobile patients.

“The next and final stage of works will begin shortly, and this will see A&E refurbished by autumn. Additional bays, additional staff and improved triage facilities to accelerate patient hand over from ambulance crews, will create a much-improved experience and environment for both patients and staff.”

Chief executive Silas Nicholls concludes:

“Improving the experience of care for patients attending Accident and Emergency has been a priority for us for some time. The new discharge lounge, along with our Clinical Decision Unit which opened earlier this year, and the planned A&E refurbishment, will vastly improve our performance and resilience.”

Hours of opening: Monday to Friday 8 am to 6.30pm.

Local NHS staff and Asda celebrate the NHS’ 70th birthday

Local NHS and Asda staff brought the national NHS 70th celebrations to shoppers in Southport.

Staff from NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) held a roadshow in Southport’s Asda on Monday (9 July).

Sharon Gregory-Wareing, community champion for Southport Asda, Becky Kelly and Faye Sefton from the communications and engagement team.



Local people were able to share their experiences of the NHS in the past, present and importantly find out about plans for local healthcare. Many shoppers also signed up to receive regular updates from their local CCG.

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

“The 70th anniversary of the NHS is an important milestone for both staff and patients, and our team really enjoyed sharing the celebrations with local shoppers. We would like to thank Asda, for their support, and everyone who took part in an NHS70 event over the past week.

“These events are a chance for us to share our work with the community and listen to local views and experiences. We are holding our next Big Chat/Annual Review meeting in September and I would like to encourage people to come along and find out more about their NHS.”

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the NHS and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most cherished institutions and to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives. It is also a time to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff – the everyday heroes – who guide, support and care for us, day in, day out.

The NHS 70th celebrations will continue locally with an NHS@70 Big Chat/Annual Review event on Tuesday, 12 September 1- 4.30pm at the Royal Clifton Hotel. A marketplace is being organised by the CCG to showcase local health services, share information on the future of the local NHS and give people the chance to have their say.

If you’d like to attend the NHS@70 Big Chat / Annual Review or find out more about getting involved in the work of your local NHS, please email or call 0151 317 8456.

Sefton's New Castle (Part 2)

I recently posted a story about an exciting forthcoming event which involves building a cardboard replica of Miller's castle in Bootle.

The work is inspired by the French artist Olivier Grossetête, he writes:

“The work is never perfect or finished, people find their place within it. Perfection is something that’s dead. It’s something that’s not living, it’s not real,”
(Grossetête quote from interview on Mashable).

To gain an insight into the proposed event here's a short video from a previous event held at the Terni Festival 2015.


Looks very exciting, what do you think?

Cardboard Castle


Pirates of Formby Beach?

Have Pirates ever stood on Formby Beach?

I thought you'd like to see this image taken during a visit to Formby Beach three years ago.

Beach Sign a 9th July 2015

It's an imaginative use of driftwood found on the beach tied together with another small fragment of 'flotsam and jetsam'. I love the words on each side of the signpost. To the left 'Rancid Annie's Cafe' and to the right 'Dead Man's Gulch'.

I like to think that the sign was part of an exciting game of 'Pirates and buried treasure'. 

Incidentally, this handmade sign is of a type very popular in the past, similar to fingers used to pointing at something or showing directions, this design, frequently used in old road signs, became known as a 'Fingerposts'.

Formby had many such fingerposts and signs like this can still be found in old photographs at major junctions like Cross Green or at The Grapes.


Sefton Council Plans to Build a Castle

Sefton Council has plans to re-create Miller's Castle originally built in Bootle. And they want you to help build it.

Bootle Castle
Miller's Castle

Here's the invitation, sounds like a really thrilling and imaginative project to me, what do you think?

An Englishman’s home is his castle. And now long-forgotten, long-departed battlements are set to spring up all over the Liverpool City Region once more – thanks to a French artist.

Olivier Grossetête creates amazing edifices using nothing more than cardboard boxes and copious amounts of sticky tape.

Sefton’s project will focus on a re-creation of Miller’s Castle which stood in Bootle in the early 19th century and it will be put on display at North Park, Bootle on the weekend of August 11 & 12.

And once it’s all over, the ‘castle’ will be responsibly recycled, making it artwork that’s also environmentally-friendly.

As well as the castle being put on display, there will be a weekend-long series of events including live music, outdoor theatre, arts and craft, a fairground, food concessions and more!

How to Get Involved

We are looking for community groups, organisations and individuals to come along and help make this unique project happen.

There are a diverse range of roles to get involved with:
• Volunteering to help build the castle (July 31 - August 3 & August 9)
• Volunteering on the day of the main event (August 11)
• Creative performances at the event

To register your interest or to find out more, email or call 0151 934 2024