Invite to Sefton governing body meetings

CCG-LogoAnyone interested in staying up to date with healthcare and services in Sefton is invited to attend forthcoming governing body meetings for local clinical commissioning groups (CCG).

NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public so that people can listen to the discussions and decision making processes of the doctors, nurses and other health professionals that make up these forums.

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

“We want to ensure members of the public know what is going on in Sefton and can see how decisions about local health services are made. I’d encourage anyone who wants to stay up to date with our work to attend.”

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

“Attending these public meetings is a great way to stay up to date with the work we have been undertaking in Sefton. At these meetings the governing body will discuss and agree to work on behalf of all member GP practices.”

It will be Craig’s first governing body meeting in his new substantive role of chair for NHS South Sefton CCG. He has been the acting chair for the past year and takes over the full role from Dr Andrew Mimnagh following CCG elections amongst member GP practices.

He commented:

“I am delighted to take on the role of chair and hope I can bring some continued direction to the CCG in our work to shape health services for residents in south Sefton that are fit for the future.

“I’d also like to take this opportunity on behalf of my fellow governing body colleagues to thank Dr Andrew Mimnagh for his significant commitment and work with the CCG since it was founded in 2013.”

NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s governing body meeting will take place on Wednesday, 5 June at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand.

NHS South Sefton CCG’s governing body meeting will take place on Thursday 6 June at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1 pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand.

Attendees have the chance to ask questions shortly before the meeting formally starts. To confirm attendance or for more information please call 0151 317 8456.


CCG searches for new lay member

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is looking to appoint a new lay member to its Governing Body to replace Graham Morris who retires at the end of June 2019.

Graham Morris (2)Graham joined the NHS in 2005 as a non-executive director and audit chair of Clatterbridge Cancer Centre Foundation Trust, later becoming its vice chairman. He then joined the CCG in December 2013 as a lay member and vice chair after retiring from Urgent Care 24 as its director of finance.

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

“We would like to wish Graham all the best on his retirement. Graham has contributed greatly to the work of the CCG and we thank him for his dedication in carrying out this strategic role.

“We look forward to welcoming a new lay member to our Governing Body to continue the good progress we have made so far.”

The lay member role the CCG is recruiting to will bring strategic insight and impartiality to the Governing Body, overseeing key elements of governance, including audit and remuneration.

The candidate will be expected to chair the audit committee and be the CCG’s Conflict of Interest Guardian. They will be asked to fulfil the role of the deputy chair for the Governing Body and the term of office will be for three years.

You can find out more details and apply through the NHS jobs website:

For more information on the role, you can contact Cathy Loughlin at the CCG on 0151 317 8452. Closing date for applications is 18 May 2019 and interviews will take place on 31 May 2019.



The hugely anticipated ‘L37 Fest’ is coming to Orrell Hill Woods (just off the Formby Bypass) from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July 2019.

L37 Fest 3Tickets have been going fast since they went on sale at the beginning of April via Ticket Quarter, with multiple Early Bird tiers selling out in a matter of minutes!

The organisers are now happy to reveal the full entertainment schedule for the very first ‘L37 Fest’ and there are some big names on the lineup. The Feeling will be headlining Saturday night along with Scouting For Girls who will officially close the event on Sunday evening with a jam-packed set - they’ll be joined by Bongo’s Bingo and S Club who are already confirmed for Friday night.

The Feeling hail from Horsham, West Sussex. Following a limited release of their first single "Fill My Little World" in late 2005, the band entered the UK Singles Chart at #7 with their first full release "Sewn" in February 2006. Their second album, Join With Us, was released on 18 February 2008 and reached the top spot on the UK Charts!

Over the course of three hugely successful Top 10 albums, Scouting For Girls has made the journey from playing pubs in Harrow to headlining Wembley Arena. They’re just three ordinary friends who followed their dream, captured a nation and sold two million records along the way! They’re ready to hit Merseyside and play some of their biggest hits ‘This Ain’t A Love Song’, ‘She’s So Lovely’, ‘Elvis Ain’t Dead’ and more.

There will be two music stages at the event filled with local upcoming talent as well as the household names; Xander & The Peace Pirates, Foxtrap, The Cheap Thrills, Y.O.U.N.G head up the main stage whilst RATS, Life At The Arcade, Handstand Parade and Skinner’s Lane will be on the L37 Introducing Stage amongst others.

Tickets are available now via or by calling the box office on 0344 8000 410 with early bird pricing of £22.50 for Friday night and VIP day passes going up to £50 which includes a private lounge area, premium washroom facilities, welcome drinks with a private bar and other amenities.

How people in Sefton can access medical help during bank holidays

Pharmacy 2With Easter fast approaching, Sefton health professionals are reminding people to ensure they use the right NHS service for them, should they or their family members become unwell over the long weekend and also during the first May bank holiday. 

GP practices will be closed from Good Friday (19 April) to Easter Monday (22 April) and the early May bank holiday (6 May) but there are several other ways for Sefton residents to access medical help during this time if they need it.   

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG said:

“Pharmacists are a great resource. We recommend taking advantage of all the services available at your local pharmacy for any minor health-related concerns and if you need a GP appointment to think about using the extended access service.

“Pharmacists are highly trained and are able to offer clinical advice and over the counter medicines to manage a range of minor health concerns, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy troubles, aches and pains and many more.  

“Most pharmacies will have private consultation rooms where they can advise you on self-care treatments and give you advice on your medication.” 

If you do need an appointment there are now extended GP appointments of an evening or weekend across Sefton. These appointments can be booked in advance via the GP practice you are registered with or by calling 111.  

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, said:

“The extended access GP service launched last October in Sefton and has been popular ever since. Open 365 days a year the service is really useful over bank holiday weekends like Easter. If you do become unwell and your GP practice is closed you can call 111 to book an appointment with your nearest service as long as you are registered with a GP practice in Sefton.” 

Pharmacy opening times will differ over the bank holidays. There will be normal opening times on Saturday (20 April), but a reduced service on Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday and Monday 6 May. You can view the Easter opening times here: or 

If you’re unsure which service is right for you, ring NHS 111 to speak to a highly trained adviser who will assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.  

You can also visit to get medical advice on where and when to get help.  


L37 FEST Tickets go on sale from 7.00 pm today

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The hugely anticipated ‘L37 Fest’ is coming to Orrell Hill Woods (just off the Formby Bypass) this July from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th and tickets go on sale from Tuesday 9th April at 7 PM via

The festival has been the talk of the town since its approval by Sefton Council last week and organisers can’t contain their excitement for what they have in store.

Bongo’s Bingo and S Club are already confirmed to headline Friday night in front of 3000 festival goers! Make sure you’re prepared for big cash prizes, silly ones, awkward dance-offs, rave intervals and much more with the main man Jonny Bongo hosting it all. There’s truly nothing better than Bongo’s festival style - it’s going to be huge!

L37 Events, the parent company and organiser of ‘L37 Fest’ were happy to announce Variety: The Children’s Charity will be their charity partner with profits from Friday night’s ticket sales going straight to the charity and helping sick, disabled and disadvantaged children throughout the North West.

The headline acts for Saturday and Sunday, as well as the entertainment schedule for the Main Stage and Second Stage at the festival, are yet to be revealed, with an announcement expected in the coming weeks.

Tickets will be available via or by calling the box office on 0344 8000 410 with early bird pricing starting at £18 for Friday night and VIP day passes going up to £50 which includes a private lounge area, premium washroom facilities, welcome drinks with a private bar and other amenities.