Hospital chief’s praise for staff after the busiest start to the year 

A hospital chief executive has spoken of his pride in staff after their busiest start to a year ever.

Silas Nicholls

Christmas and New Year saw record attendances at A&E at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals. Twenty extra patients were seen each day compared to 2017, an increase of 16%.

Despite this staff treated, admitted or transferred 89.3% of patients within four hours of arriving in A&E – a near 10% improvement on the previous year. Patients also waited much less time for transfer into the hospital from an ambulance.

Overall patients now spend two hours less on average in A&E than they did last year.

Chief Executive Silas Nicholls said:

“This is my first winter at the Trust and I’m hugely proud of how staff have risen to the challenge.

“The £1.25m improving Southport A&E and more than £1m invested in additional clinical staff has certainly helped improve our performance. But it’s the hard work, commitment and dedication of staff to the care and well-being of local people that have made the biggest difference.

He added:

“We’ve had to make some difficult decisions over the past week to make space for everyone who needs care. I want to apologise to anyone whose experience while staying with us has been affected by how busy we are.

“Staff are working incredibly hard to keep all patients safe and cared for. Patients and visitors have a part to play too. Help them to help you keep up their fantastic work.”

  • Wash your hands regularly and use the gel dispensers. Norovirus has been a significant issue for the NHS this winter. If you have suffered diarrhoea or vomiting, please don’t visit the hospitals until 48 hours have passed since the last symptoms
  • If you’re a patient, get up and keep mobile, have a shower and put on normal clothing – they’re all things you can do to help you feel better and begin your recovery
  • Help get your loved one’s things ready to help with a trouble-free discharge. For example, bring in their clothes and get things ready at home for them – get the heating on, shopping in and so on
  • Keep A&E free for people with serious injuries or illness, or life-threatening emergencies. If you are unsure of where to go for medical advice or treatment and it is not an emergency NHS111 can help direct you to the most appropriate place for your care.




Work begins on new over-55s development in Formby

Work has begun on Mayflower Manor, a new over 55’s residential development in Formby.

Situated on the disused former Mayflower Industrial Estate, it will consist of 32 apartments, and a care home on the same site will have 76 bedrooms and be run by Newcare.

Mayflower 2

Liverpool-based property developer Primesite Developments has begun works on Mayflower Manor, a new over 55s residential development in Formby.

Mayflower Manor will be comprised of 32 quality one and two bedroom apartments, the result of two years of planning work and consultations since Primesite purchased the site in 2016. KDP Architects has designed the scheme, which is situated on the former Mayflower Industrial Estate, which had previously been vacant and in a state of disrepair.

Also on the site will be a 76 bedroom care home, to be run by Newcare, currently being built by McGoff Construction. Residents of the apartments will benefit from the facilities and support of the care home if required.

Primesite sold the care home section of the site to McGoff for £3million, with the resulting funds being invested back into the scheme. Funding partner A Shade Greener Finance Ltd has partnered with Mayflower Manor Limited to fund the scheme and will be working closely with the developers for the duration of the project.

Kerry Tomlinson, director at Primesite Developments and Mayflower Manor Limited, commented:

“It has taken two years of hard work to bring Mayflower Manor to this point, so we are incredibly proud to be starting construction. Our aim is to transform a derelict eyesore into something of value for the local area. Working with KDP Architects, with a track record in successful health developments, and our site neighbours Newcare, known for top-quality care provision, I have no doubt that Mayflower Manor will achieve that goal. We will continue to work with them, our funding partner ASG Finance, and the local residents, who we thank for their support throughout. Our next imminent milestone is to launch the sale of the flats.”

Stuart Duffy, director at KDP Architects, said:

Mayflower HousingThe former brownfield site presented a great opportunity to create a private and almost semi-rural development; however conveniently located off a main road with great transport links and local amenities. In discussion with the Local Planning Department (Sefton) we have looked to provide traditional design elements, such pitched tiled roofs and walls being predominantly face brick; which helps the scheme to sit well in the local context. However, the elevations do have some modern touches such as grey windows, rendered panels and Juliet balconies, giving the scheme a contemporary edge.

The apartments themselves are large in area and above the national space standards, which will provide residents with a spacious and comfortable environment, with plenty of light to the lounges with full height doors. The development also affords residents with onsite parking spaces and a communal private garden area to the rear; with some of the Ground Floor units having their own private terraces.”

Mayflower Manor is within walking distance to the Marks and Spencer’s Simply Food, the Post Office, and a gym. It is a 30-minute drive to Liverpool City Centre, and 15 minutes to Southport. Construction is due to be completed towards the end of 2019.

Primesite Developments is a family run, Liverpool-based property developer. This is Primesite’s first foray into the over 55’s residential market, although it follows the developer’s success in care home schemes, including Hazelwell in the Wirral, dubbed “the most luxurious care home in Britain”.


Neil Masom appointed hospital trust Chair

NHS Improvement has confirmed the appointment of a highly experienced North West businessman, Neil Masom OBE, as Chair of the Board of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Neil MasomWith nearly 20 years of Board-level experience in executive and non-executive roles in both the commercial and public sectors, Neil succeeds Richard Fraser who steps down after two years in the post. Richard will continue as Chair at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

An engineer by profession, Neil began his career with the former Hawker Siddeley Aviation aircraft company in 1977 before going on to gain more than 30 years' experience with BAE Systems, primarily in Manchester and Lancashire, holding three managing director posts at the company between 2000 and 2009.

He has held and continues to perform a number of non-executive posts, including as chairman of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Services Organisation (2000-2006) and as a non-executive director at East Cheshire NHS Trust in Macclesfield (2009-2013).

He is currently a senior independent director at WYG plc, a successful international engineering consultancy, and has just completed a four-year term as audit committee chair at HS2 Limited, the company responsible for designing and building the UK’s new high-speed rail network.

Neil said:

“I am delighted to have been selected to serve the community of Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. The Trust has been through some challenging times in recent years but the dedicated workforce, now under Silas’s leadership, is generating a growing confidence from all stakeholders. I look forward to building on that and helping the team deliver the very best healthcare that the community deserves and the staff wish to deliver."

Silas Nicholls, Chief Executive, said:

“It is a privilege to welcome Neil to the Trust. His wide-ranging experience and knowledge will be invaluable in shaping our hospitals and the great health care we want to provide for local people. His appointment reflects a growing confidence in the Trust which can only be of benefit to patients and staff.

”I also wish Richard Fraser well for the future and thank him for his dedication to the Trust, common sense chairmanship and good humour through occasionally difficult times.”

Neil, who lives in Wilmslow, Cheshire, starts his term as Chair on 1 December 2018. It ends on 20 November 2020 and he will receive remuneration of £30,000 per annum. He has not declared any political activity in the last five years.

He will be joined on the Board in January by Dr Terry Hankin who has been appointed Medical Director. He is currently deputy medical director at St Helens and Knowsley.

Triathlete Michael raises £690 for children with diabetes

Champion fundraiser Michael Barlow raised £690 for the Southport and Ormskirk hospitals’ paediatric diabetes charity.

Michael Barlow triathlon

Michael, 38, took part in the Chester Triathlon in September. A keen cyclist, he competed in the half-triathlon competition, training for 14 weeks.

The event was made up of a 500-metre swim, a 21km bike ride and a 5km run which he completed in two hours eight minutes.

Michael, from Skelmersdale, raises money for a different charity each year. He was inspired to fundraise for the diabetes fund by the child of a family friend who is a patient at Ormskirk hospital.

Dr May Ng, Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist, said:

“The team was delighted to receive Michael’s generous donation and I want to thank everyone who sponsored him.”

She said the money would go towards essential learning and teaching materials for patients, and for the team to hold regular evening education sessions for families and children with diabetes.

Health commissioners introduce new policy in self care week

During self-care week (12 – 18 November 2018) health commissioners in Sefton are launching a new policy which follows national guidance, explaining that prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing.  

CCG Headers

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are explaining to residents that GPs, nurses and pharmacists are no longer recommended to routinely prescribe over the counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses in their medicines self-care policy.  

There are exceptions to the guidance which are detailed in the policy and more vulnerable patients will still be able to access the Care at the Chemist service. 

Many common conditions do not need a prescription and they will often get better on their own, with medicines that can help with the symptoms, bought easily from pharmacists, supermarkets and local retailers. They are known as ‘over the counter’ medicines and you do not need to have seen a doctor or have a prescription to buy them.  That means you don't have to wait for an appointment at your GP practice.

The minor illnesses that the policy lists include short-term conditions like:

  • sore throats
  • coughs, colds and nasal congestion
  • dandruff
  • mild acne
  • minor pain, discomfort and fever
  • sunburn and more

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

"We thought self-care week was a good time to tell people about our new policy which will help them to care for minor illnesses without going to their Doctor.

“It is important to say that vulnerable patients can still use the minor ailments scheme, Care at the Chemist which is available in 20 pharmacies across Sefton. I would also like to add that there are exceptions in the new policy for certain circumstances where people will continue to have their treatment prescribed.

"I urge everyone to make full use of their local pharmacist this week and all year round - they use their clinical expertise together with their practical knowledge to give you the best advice."

Ross Powell, a pharmacist in Sefton, said:

“There are changes coming in but there will be some exceptions which are detailed in the leaflet. We’re more than happy to offer advice to you and our teams are all qualified to assist.

“We have a private consultation room for more confidential discussions and can advise on the best over the counter medicines to buy, especially for over the winter months. ”

Cllr Catie Page said:

“The changes may confuse people at first but I believe that our pharmacists will give people the support that they need.

“I think self-care is so important and I go to my chemist at the start of each year and think about what I need for my family, that way we are prepared when one of us becomes ill and can treat it and hopefully avoid seeing the Doctor. 

“My advice in self-care week and beyond that would be to go and speak to your pharmacist, ask them about medications and what you might need for minor illnesses.”

The exceptions in the ‘Sefton medicines self-care policy for minor illnesses and/or self-limiting conditions’ where you may still be prescribed a medicine for a condition on the list are:

  • You need treatment for a long-term condition, e.g. regular pain relief for chronic arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease
  • You need treatment for more complex forms of minor illnesses, e.g. migraines that are very bad and where over the counter medicines do not work
  • You need an over the counter medicine to treat a side effect of a prescription medicine or symptom of another illness, e.g. constipation when taking certain painkillers
  • The medicine has a licence which doesn’t allow the product to be sold over the counter to certain groups of patients. This could include babies, children or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • The person prescribing thinks that a patient cannot treat themselves, for example, because of mental health problems or severe social vulnerability

This policy does not remove the clinical discretion of prescribers in accordance with their professional duties.

You can read the full policy, see a leaflet and/or a list of where the Care at the Chemist service is available on the CCG websites: /