Love your lungs in Sefton

In recognition of Love your lungs week (June 17-23) local organisations are reminding residents of the support they have in Sefton to help with breathing conditions.

Walking Football FGF Team Sept 2017
The walking football team at the Feelgood Factory


As part of the week, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG, Living Well Sefton and Sefton Council are all encouraging people to take the British Lung Foundation breath test and to seek help if they need it.

Dr Nigel Taylor, respiratory lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said:

“We are keen to raise awareness, not just this week but all year round, about the services that are available in Sefton for those who have lung-related conditions.

“If you have a known lung condition and are feeling breathless you should follow your personal management plan. If you are not improving or you don’t have a plan and are worried then you should attend the walk-in centre or contact your GP practice.”

Dr Kati Scholtz, respiratory lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“For simple problems such as a cough or a cold your local pharmacist can help, they can also help by giving additional advice regarding inhaler techniques and providing over the counter Nicotine Replacement Therapies if you are trying to stop smoking.”

The Breathe Easy group is a great support network to encourage people with lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis, to look after themselves and to share ways to do this.

The Sefton south group meets in the Strand By Me shop in Bootle every second Tuesday of the month at 1 pm and the Sefton north group meet on the first Wednesday of every month at the Doves Centre on Duke Street, Formby at 1 pm.

Living Well Sefton partners are also supporting Love Your Lungs Week by encouraging people to take advantage of the activities and classes that they offer.

Over at the Feelgood Factory in Netherton, Philomena Zilinski, says:

“Our walking football and guided walks as well as our physical activity classes  all  improve cardiovascular  fitness leading to  improved lung function.”

Working outdoors in the garden is another great way to keep your lungs fit and both the Brighter Living Partnership in Southport and the May Logan centre, Bootle, have gardening groups to join. People also have the option of joining in the weekly social walk from May Logan too.

And, with Smoke-free Sefton’s support, your breathing and lung capacity will improve once you’ve quit smoking.

For details on the Living Well Sefton support please visit www.livingwellsefton.co.uk or call 0300 323 0181.

To watch a video on the Breathe Easy group and Smoke-free Sefton please click here: https://youtu.be/fzaFSIYif5U  

 

You can find out about the Breathe Easy groups in your area here: www.blf.org.uk/support-in-your-area and you can take the British Lung Foundation breath test here: https://breathtest.blf.org.uk/  

 


Formby Live at Formby Pool Trust

Formby Live 2019
Formby Pool will play host to Merseycats as part of this year's Formby Live weekend on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June.

Entry is free, with live music all weekend, bar, BBQ, carnival rides and much more for all the family to enjoy!

As well as this for the second year running, Formby Pool Trust will be hosting Ormskirk and District Motorclub for the second ever Formby Car Show at Formby Pool!

When

29 Jun 2019 at 11:00am
until 30 Jun 2019 at 7:00pm

Where

Elbow Lane
Formby
Liverpool
L37 4AB


Menopause lounge 11 June

Menopause experts are offering locals the chance to drop in for another free advice session on June 11, at the May Logan Centre, Bootle.

Paula BriggsLed by Southport and Ormskirk hospitals consultant Dr Paula Briggs, the team will provide up to date information about treatment options, alternative strategies for coping and current drug trials.

Alongside Dr Briggs will be a specialist nurse and “expert patients”.  Small group discussions will be possible following a series of very brief presentations.  A recently published booklet, written by Dr. Briggs, will be given to all those who attend.  The booklet pulls together the latest advice for women experiencing the menopause.

Dr Briggs explains:

“We know that this can be a difficult time of life for women and their families.  Our recent research suggested that women are experiencing a serious impact up to 20 days each month.  A worrying 50 per cent said they tended to spend more time alone, and over 80 per cent were avoiding sex. This has a serious impact on relationships with 75 per cent admitting it has caused problems.

“Help is available, but many women wait years before seeking it out.  Here at Southport hospital we have a menopause clinic, which women from all over the region, not just Sefton, can attend with a GP referral.

“We hope that this event will help to provide women with the right information. Once they feel empowered, they can make good choices to ensure that they enjoy the best of health at this stage in life.”

Menopause Lounge takes place on Tuesday 11 June at 6pm at the May Logan Centre in Bootle. No booking required simply turn up on the day.

 


Hunt for the winning rock

Paula
Join us in the Race To Find The Winning Rock and the chance to win a £30 Amazon Voucher.

Over the Bank Holiday Weekend of Saturday 25th May 2019, we will be hiding some bright and colourful rocks for you to find in some of our favourite Canine Adventure Trails around Formby.

Follow the instructions on the rocks. Take a picture and share it on Social Media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) using the hashtag #paulaspetservices.

One special rock has a different message on the back.

The first person to find it, post it on social media using #Paulaspetservices will win a £30 Amazon Voucher to spend on whatever you choose.

Read our Terms and conditions on our website www.paulaspetservices.co.uk

 


Macmillan to hold a family fun day

Team Photo March 2018
Southport and Formby Macmillan Cancer Information Centre are doing something a bit different this summer to support children and young people whose lives are affected by cancer, with a free family fun event on Saturday 22 June.

Taking place from 1 pm - 4 pm at The Salvation Army, Shakespeare Street, Southport and Formby residents are invited to come along.

As well as some entertaining and free activities, the event is a chance for the team from the Macmillan Centre to raise awareness of the support available to children, whether they have a close relative who has had cancer, is undergoing treatment, or has passed away.

The afternoon will give children, parents and carers the opportunity to speak to relevant professionals such as Child Bereavement UK, Access Sefton, Parenting 2000, Sefton Carers and Queenscourt Hospice.

Tanya Mulvey, Macmillan Information and Support Centre manager at the centre, said:

“We wanted to do something specifically for children so that they can have access to the help that they might need whether they have lost someone to cancer or have a relative who has cancer. There will be craft activities, a dance workshop, mindfulness and yoga for all the family to relax and enjoy. The event will be opened at 1pm by a special guest from Starkidz.

“We’ve also been given a signed football from Everton Football Club which will be up for a prize in our free raffle draw on the day. Myself and colleagues from the centre will also be available on the day to talk to adults about the practical and emotional support we can offer.”

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG cancer clinical lead, said:

“It’s so important that families and carers are aware of the help they can access for their children which is the main reason for planning this event. We hope everyone who attends has an enjoyable day and that the information and resources provided will be useful, either now or in the future.

“We are hoping that as well as giving children and their families the chance to see how they can get support it will also raise awareness of the centre in Southport for those affected by cancer.”

Refreshments will be provided for adults and there will be party food for children on the day. Parents/guardians are asked to stay with the children during the afternoon. Booking is essential, to book your place please call the centre on 01704 533024 or email sfccg.macmillancic@nhs.net.

Set up by Macmillan Cancer Support, NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and St Marks Medical Centre, Southport and Formby Macmillan Information & Support Centre are located on 20 Stanley Street. Those affected by cancer, whether it be them directly or a friend or family member are invited to pop in anytime for a chat or you can visit: www.southportmacmillancentre.org.uk