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This edition will cover current coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and information, as well as well as other useful updates and information. 
COVID-19 updates
Dedicated testing for South African variant underway

A new, dedicated Mobile Test Unit is open in the Norwood area of Southport, as part of national measures to identify and stamp out the South African variant of the COVID-19 virus. The unit will also be supplemented with door to door deliveries of 10,000 home testing kits with the help of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. 
 
Located at the former Kew Park and Ride site, the new mobile units will be open from 8am to 4pm, which will be extended to 8am to 8pm within the coming days. Sefton Council has set up the new mobile site specifically for people from the Norwood ward only. All other residents should not use this site. 
 
For more information, view the latest Covid-19 updates on the My Sefton news website

You can also find FAQs on testing for the South African variant on the Sefton Council website here.

COVID-19 vaccination programme – what you need to know

The NHS is making good progress rolling out the COVID-19 vaccination programme. You can find more information about how this is happening in Sefton and what you can do to support the programme on our website here.

How you can help

We ask for your support and patience as we continue to roll out the programme. Please be assured, you will be contacted when it is your turn to be vaccinated.

Over the last few weeks, practices have seen a sharp rise in the number of phone calls and queries received all relating to the vaccine.

Practices need to ensure their phone lines are accessible for those who need help and support with their healthcare needs and are therefore asking patients to not contact the NHS and to wait their turn.

In addition, for those people who have been invited for an appointment, we ask them to:

  • Attend their booked appointments at exactly the time they are asked to, so that we can avoid queues in this cold weather
  • Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives – even if you have received a first dose of vaccine, you should still continue to follow these rules to keep you and those around you safe and free from COVID-19.

Once you have received your first dose of the vaccine, arrangements will be made for you to receive the second dose 12 weeks afterwards. This will be done in the same place as your first vaccine. You do not need to contact the NHS to arrange this, we will contact you.

Frequently asked questions

You can also find some frequently asked questions that we are receiving in Sefton regarding the COVID-19 vaccinations here.

National lockdown: Stay at home

The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.

Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space.’

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)

You should avoid all non-essential meetings and interactions.

More information
Read the full rules on what you can and cannot do on the government website here. 
You can find out what local support is available on the Sefton Council website here. 

Latest news
Volunteers thanked for their support with the fight against COVID-19 

Over 250 volunteers from all walks of life are being thanked for coming forward to offer their different skills to support with the COVID-19 vaccination rollout in Sefton.

Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) are working in partnership on the volunteer programme with NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG and the call for people to sign up has been met with an overwhelming response.

Retired nurse, Barbara Fearns is amongst the volunteers providing support in one of the four dedicated local vaccination centres, which are run by Sefton GP practices working together in groups – known as Primary Care Networks - to immunize their patients in order of priority. Barbara is a marshal, ensuring residents know where they are going when they arrive at the centre to ensure they receive their vaccine in a quick and safe way.

Read more here.
Get involved
Give your views on health and care services at live online events 

Shaping Care Together is led by NHS Southport and Formby CCG, NHS West Lancashire CCG and Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust and is the first stage of a process to understand public experience and views before any proposals to solve the challenges faced are considered.

Shaping Care Together will explore how we can build on what we have in place now, understand what works well and how things can be made better. To listen to people’s views and experiences, we are holding online events across the areas of Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

If you live in Southport and wish to comment on health and care services in the area, join the Shaping Care Together online discussion on:

Wednesday 17 February 2pm – 3.30pm

Wednesday 17 February 6.30 – 8pm

If you live in Formby or the surrounding area and wish to comment on health and care services in the area, join the Shaping Care Together online discussion on:

Wednesday 3 March 2pm – 3.30pm

Wednesday 3 March 6.30pm – 8pm

Click here to book on to the above events. 

Carers in Sefton are asked how COVID-19 has impacted them

Healthwatch Sefton is backing the latest Because We All Care campaign in asking carers to share their experiences of the care their loved ones have received – both good and bad - across care homes, GP services, hospitals or in the home during the pandemic.
 
Diane Blair, manager of Healthwatch Sefton, explained: “Unpaid carers have played a greater role than ever before in supporting people with their care needs, an incredible contribution in the fight against COVID-19. In addition to the direct support they provide, carers can play an essential role in sharing feedback about the care their family and friends receive.” Read more here.

How to get involved

To share feedback with the Healthwatch Sefton team ring Freephone 0800 206 1304, email: info@healthwatchsefton.co.uk 
Or leave feedback direct on www.healthwatchsefton.co.uk/services/ where there is an option to leave your comments anonymously as a carer.
For details on Sefton Carers Centre, visit https://www.sefton-carers.org.uk/

Resources
Staying in to drink? Who’s in charge?

We're sharing a short film which has been created to raise awareness that an increasing number of babies and young children are at risk of serious harm because of the way parents and carers consume alcohol at home. We'd encourage you to watch and share the film with any relevant networks. 

You can find more information on safeguarding children on the Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Board website
'Staying in to drink? Who’s in charge?' Short film created by safeguarding nurses at Birmingham Community Healthcare. 

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