New Website in Beta

Just a brief update.

FormbyOnline ScreenGrabWhen I first started my blog I chose a platform called Ning. It was considered rare amongst 'hyperblogs' but it got spotted by others, in particular by the 'Talk Local' network. But eventually I transferred my affections to Typepad and I've used that as my base since 2006.

But I've rediscovered Ning and my affections for the platform have been reignited. So here's the result, It's a responsive design so it adjusts to suit the users' devices. In the PC or laptop mode, the front page is much richer in links and services. But it still works well in the mobile phone setting.

I'm likely to change the title of the blog from 'formbyfirst'  (Previous) then to 'formbyblog' (Current) and finally, now it will be known as 'formbyonline'.

It will be less personal or entirely focussed on Formby in the future but while retaining that core idea the use of 'articles' will add a wider dimension.

Forums, Polls, and Groups are exciting extensions available on this platform which I've added to the site.

And I'm also hoping that people will become members (for free) and take advantage of running their own blog and contribute articles, forum discussion items and complete the occasional poll.

The original site will still be here but at some point relatively soon I won't update anymore.

New Website Link: FormbyOnline.com

 


Nominate your hospital People’s Health Hero

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Do you know a member of staff working at our hospitals who deserves special recognition?

Members of the public are being invited to nominate a member of staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust for a honour in the 11th annual Time to Shine staff awards.

Silas Nicholls, Chief Executive, said:

“We want to share patients’ and the public’s pride in our staff by seeing them nominated in the People’s Health Hero Award.

“It’s a great opportunity for individuals or families to show their appreciation to a staff member or team who are a jewel in the Trust. They will have shown drive, enthusiasm or good sense of humour, inspiring those around them, especially in times of difficulty or stress.”

Nominations for the People’s Health Hero Award are open until Friday 12th July. Any member of staff or team, in any role, is eligible for a nomination providing they have worked Southport hospital, Ormskirk hospital or other services the Trust provides over the past 12 months.

Nominations can be made from the Trust’s website or in writing to the Chief Executive at: Southport and Formby District General Hospital, Town Lane, Kew, Southport, PR8 6PN.

The Time to Awards will be presented at Formby Hall Golf Club and Spa on Friday 11th October.

 

 

 


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


Reminder to have your say on Sefton health policies review

Sefton residents have a month left to share their views on a number of local health policies that aim to make sure NHS resources are used on the most effective treatments for patients.

MedsNHS South Sea fton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together with Halton, Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington CCGs to review a group of policies for procedures and treatments that are known as Criteria Based Clinical Treatments (CBCT). These are routine procedures that are known to have medical benefit only in very specific situations, or for a small number of people.

This is the third phase of the review, which aims to keep NHS care up to date with the latest national clinical guidelines, methods and technology, whilst also making the best use of NHS resources.

The policies that Sefton residents are being asked to provide views on in this latest phase are:

* Continuous glucose monitoring systems

* Cough assist devices

* Insulin pumps

* Secondary care administered peripheral joint injections

* Surgery for prostatism or lower urinary tract infections

* Transanal irrigation

At the same time, the CCGs are letting people know about updates to their policy for Botulinum toxin treatments, bringing it in line with national guidance from NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee.

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

“It is right that we regularly review the services we commission to ensure that we’re providing the most effective treatments that make the best use of our limited NHS resources.”

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

“This review of policies is about looking at the latest guidelines, treatments, methods and technologies and where there is very little or no evidence of effectiveness, there is no benefit in offering them to patients.

Craig added:

“Any procedure comes with risk, so it’s important patients are offered those with the maximum clinical or functional benefit, not for cosmetic or psychological reasons. As clinicians we will explore other, more suitable treatments for patients with these types of needs.”

The information gathered will be used to help develop new or revised polices.

No final decisions have been made at this stage and we are asking as many people as possible to share their views by completing a survey before 7 July. This feedback is really important and will help shape local NHS policies for the future. Patients who might not be eligible for treatment will still be able to apply through an Individual Funding Request (IFR) where appropriate.

More details on proposed changes to the policies being reviewed along with a survey, open until 7 July 2019, can be found on each CCG’s website www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk or www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk or by emailing mlcsu.involvement@nhs.net or calling 01782 872 506.

 


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