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COVID-19 updates
Jamie Carragher says ‘let’s get boosted’ as he grabs a jab
Former Liverpool FC star Jamie Carragher paid a visit to a vaccination site in Sefton to get his COVID-19 booster jab and encouraged others to get their vaccines.

Jamie booked his booster jab at Netherton Health Centre as soon as he was eligible after his second dose of the vaccine to help increase his protection from the virus. He chatted to staff on site and shared a printed message to local residents saying ‘Let’s get boosted’.

It’s not too late to get your booster jab or even your first or second dose, so check if you’re eligible and get booked in today.

Read more here.

How to get your COVID-19 vaccine

To find local vaccination sites in Sefton, visit the NHS South Sefton CCG website. 
To find out more about who is eligible for the COVID-19 booster vaccine, and to find a walk-in vaccination site or book an appointment through the national booking system, visit the NHS website.
Triplets have first jab as health leader encourages young people to get vaccinated

Triplets John-Paul, Joshua and Samuel Aney, aged 13, seized the opportunity to get their first COVID-19 vaccine dose at Netherton Health Centre recently. The 13 year olds will now be eligible for their second dose in 12 weeks time.

All children aged 12 to 15 can get a 1st dose and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (including children who turn 12 on the date of vaccination).

To get their vaccination, children or parents can:

Read more here.

COVID-19 vaccination for at risk children aged 5-11 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that 5 to 11 year olds who are either in a clinical risk group or are a household contact of someone of any age who is immunosuppressed should be offered two 10 micrograms doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, with a minimum interval of eight weeks.

Parents and guardians will be notified if their child should get the vaccine and told how they can book an appointment. The NHS will be in touch with you if your child is eligible, so please wait to hear and do not contact your GP.

Sefton Council health chief advises continued mask-wearing to protect vulnerable with health conditions

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s director of public health has echoed calls from health charities to keep wearing masks after the Plan B COVID-19 restrictions ended on Thursday 27 January. She said: “Mask wearing is about protecting other people and research has shown them to be the best, non-medical way to do that."

Infection prevention and control measures in healthcare settings

We're also reminding residents that the current infection prevention control guidelines remain in place across all healthcare settings. This means that staff, patients and visitors must continue to wear face coverings (unless exempt) and follow social distancing measures in healthcare settings including hospitals, GP practices, dentists, optometrists and pharmacies.
Latest news
How to seek healthcare advice and who you might see

We are reminding patients how to access healthcare at this busy time for all in the NHS, and explaining about the different members of staff you might see at your GP practice who are there to help.

If you need seek healthcare advice, you can:

  1. Visit your GP practice website and complete a confidential online form during normal opening hours to request advice or treatment. You will receive a response as soon as possible, usually within two working days. Online forms should not be used for very urgent medical problems.
  2. Call your practice to arrange an appointment. You will usually be assessed by a health professional or a member of the practice team on the telephone first, with face-to-face care arranged if clinically needed. If you have a preference about how to access care you can discuss it with your practice.
  3. For urgent issues or out of hours, you can also call the NHS on 111 or go online to seek NHS advice at www.nhs.uk.
  4. Download the NHS App to order repeat prescriptions and get health advice, your pharmacy can also help with minor illnesses
Read more here.
Sefton chief officer devotes 40 years of service to the NHS

Fiona Taylor, chief officer at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, is celebrating 40 years in the NHS and encouraging others to consider a career in the service.

Fiona joined the NHS on 1 February 1982 as a trainee nurse, aged just 17. She has had a varied NHS career, beginning in Salford with a variety of clinical roles in nursing, midwifery and health visiting before stepping into management roles from 1992 onwards showing that joining the NHS at a junior level can lead to such a senior position over time.

She said: “Ultimately an NHS role is about giving back to your community and to our country. It’s a good solid career where you can make a real difference to people’s lives, which is so rewarding."

If you are considering a role in the NHS, visit the NHS Careers website to find out more about the roles available, or take a ‘Find Your Career’ quiz to find your ideal role in healthcare.

Mersey Care launches new service for Sefton Parents and Families with babies

Building Attachments and Bonds Service (BABS) is a new Parent Infant Mental Health Service in Sefton supporting vulnerable families while mum is pregnant and in the early weeks after the baby is born.

The service offers specialist, therapeutic support to families in Sefton to help them build good bonds and attachment with their baby.

Read more here.

Around 1 in 10 children starting school at risk of measles

The UK Health Security Agency and the NHS are calling on parents and guardians to ensure their children are up to date with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, and all other routine childhood immunisations, as the latest data shows MMR vaccination uptake has dropped to the lowest level in a decade.

Measles is highly contagious so even a small decline in MMR uptake can lead to a rise in cases. Measles can lead to complications such as ear infections, pneumonia, and inflammation of the brain which require hospitalisation and on rare occasions can lead to long term disability or death.

If you are unsure if your child is up to date with all their routine vaccinations, check your child’s Red Book (personal child health record) in the first instance. If you are still not sure, or if you need to bring your child up to date with their vaccines, contact your GP practice to check and book an appointment.

To find out more about the MMR vaccine, visit the NHS website.

£16m improvements unveiled for Aintree University Hospital’s Emergency Department

Work has started on a £16 million improvement project at Aintree University Hospital which has been designed to reduce waiting times in the Emergency Department and deliver better care for patients.

A two-storey extension alongside the existing Emergency Department will include new hybrid operating theatres, which will support the delivery of specialist surgical services, as well as the refurbishment of the existing theatre complex. 

Read more here.
Get involved
Make a difference to a young person’s life by fostering

Sefton Council has launched its #EverydayAngel campaign to show its appreciation for all the fantastic work foster carers do and for the care they provide.

The campaign also urges local people to think about becoming an #EverydayAngel themselves by fostering a local child and helping to turn their life around.

Read more here.

Final call to take part in consultation on local stroke services

We are reminding people in Sefton, Knowsley, Liverpool and West Lancashire that it’s still not too late to share your views on a proposal to establish a Comprehensive Stroke Centre at Aintree University Hospital.

The proposal aims to improve hyper acute stroke care, which is the hospital care provided in the critical 72 hour period immediately after someone has a stroke. The survey is open until 14 February.

Find out more and take the survey here.

Current opportunities to get involved 

NHS England and NHS Improvement is currently recruiting patient and public voice partners to support the national Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) programme. The closing date for applications is Monday 28 February and interviews will take place week commencing 14 March. 

The team is also looking for six young people aged 13 to 25 to help improve children and young people’s services across England. The closing date for applications is Sunday 13 February.

Find more information about these roles and the application process on the NHS website here.
Health and wellbeing
Lift someone out of loneliness
Feeling lonely is something that all of us can experience at any point in our lives, it can make us feel isolated and have a negative impact on our wellbeing. There are lots of simple actions that you can do to help, including:
  • Checking in with a family member, friend or neighbour by sending a text or giving them a call to see how they are doing
  • Reaching out to someone to suggest catching up over a tea or coffee
  • Inviting someone to join you in getting some fresh air and going for a walk
In taking one of these actions, you could lift someone out of loneliness, and it might help you feel less lonely too. Find more advice and support by visiting the loneliness page on the Every Mind Matters website.

New weight loss and diabetes support on the high street

Local high street pharmacies will be offering support to people struggling to lose weight with the aim of tackling rising obesity levels, and type 2 diabetes.

If you are living with obesity and hypertension or diabetes, ask your local pharmacy to refer you to the twelve-week online NHS Weight Management programme.

NHS launches landmark mental health campaign with ‘Help!’ from The Beatles

The NHS has launched a new landmark campaign using the iconic Beatles song ‘Help!” to get the North West taking better care of their mental health. Backed by some of the UK’s biggest artists, the campaign encourages people struggling with their mental health to seek support. 

Anybody experiencing anxiety, depression, or other common mental health concerns is encouraged to come forward and see how talking therapies can help them. 

Read more here.

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