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This edition includes information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme as well as other useful updates and information.
COVID-19 updates
Local walk-in vaccination centres available to 16 and 17 year olds in Sefton

The NHS in Sefton is encouraging young people aged 16 and 17 to get their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at local vaccination centres.

Vaccines are being offered to 16 and 17 year olds at Seaforth Village Surgery and Southport Centre for Health and Wellbeing, as well as some of the pharmacy-led vaccination sites. You can check other walk-in sites in Sefton and beyond on the NHS website here.

Those aged 16 and 17 in the UK will be offered a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Further work is being done to establish whether 16 and 17 year olds will require a second dose.
In the meantime, the NHS will continue to offer two doses to young people aged 12 and over with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of serious COVID-19, or who are household contacts of adults or children who are immunosuppressed. More details are available via 17 year olds that are within 3 months of turning 18 are also eligible to have the vaccine.

Read more here.

How to get your vaccine
  • COVID-19 vaccines are being offered to 16 and 17 year olds at Seaforth Village Surgery and Southport Centre for Health and Wellbeing, you can find information about this on our website
  • You can find other walk-in sites in Sefton and beyond using the NHS website
Get tested for COVID-19

There are different tests you can get to check if you have COVID-19. The test you need depends on why you're getting tested.

The 2 main tests are:

  • PCR tests – mainly for people with symptoms, they're sent to a lab to be checked
  • rapid lateral flow tests – only for people who do not have symptoms, they give a quick result using a device similar to a pregnancy test
PCR tests 
PCR tests, if you do have coronavirus symptoms, can be booked at local test sites, or a home test kit can be requested if you cannot get to a test site.

Find more information including dates and locations for Mobile Testing Units in Sefton on the Sefton Council website here.

Rapid lateral flow tests
Everyone in England can now access free rapid lateral tests, which are tests for when you do not have symptoms. It is recommended that you do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus, even if you're vaccinated. 

Rapid test kits can be collected from various locations in Sefton for free with no appointment needed. You can find out more about this on the Sefton Council website here. They are also available from all Sefton’s pharmacies, and they can be ordered online at

More information
Find out more about the different types of test on the NHS website here.

Back to school resources 

The Department for Education has produced a range of publications and resources for the return to school. These include parent guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19, a Back to School blog for parents, a teachers blog and social media videos for students and teachers on the importance of COVID-19 testing.
Latest news
You're invited to our virtual Annual General Meeting and Big Chat event

We are reminding you that our virtual NHS Southport and Formby CCG Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Big Chat will take place on Wednesday 15 September from 6pm-8pm.

Join us to hear an overview of the past year at the CCG and to hear about the future of health and social care services in Southport and Formby.
We are holding our virtual AGM on Microsoft Teams and there will be some interactive sessions for you to be involved in.
Thank you to everyone who has registered so far - if you have not yet registered, you can secure your place by emailing

You can also call us on 0151 317 8456 if this is easier for you to reserve your place. We ask you to please register by the end of the day on Friday 10 September. If you have any support requirements, please notify us when reserving your place.
Parents and carers advised to be aware of the signs of respiratory illnesses and when to get help

Health experts locally are urging parents and carers to be aware of the signs of respiratory illnesses in children with cases higher than usual for this time of year and further increases expected over the winter months. 

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common virus that causes coughs and colds in winter and is the most common cause of bronchiolitis in children under two. In the UK, the RSV season typically begins in the autumn – earlier than the adult flu season – and runs throughout the winter. However, this year we are now seeing this presenting in children much sooner.

Read more here.

Free app launched to help with increased COVID related drinking

The ‘Lower My Drinking’ app has been launched for residents of Sefton and the wider Cheshire and Merseyside area. It is free to download for anyone who lives or works in the area.

The launch of the app is part of a new campaign from the NHS and local councils in Cheshire and Merseyside. The campaign aims to help local people to reduce drinking to the recommended limit of 14 units a week or less. This is of particular importance in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic which saw a rise in harmful drinking and its consequences on people, communities and services.

Read more here.
'Help Us Help You' lung cancer campaign

NHS England and NHS Improvement, with support from Public Health England, have relaunched the ‘Help Us, Help You’ lung cancer campaign. The campaign highlights that a cough for three weeks or more that isn’t COVID-19 could be a sign of lung cancer and encourages anyone with this symptom to contact their GP practice. While a cough for three weeks or more is probably nothing serious, it could be a sign of something that needs treatment. If it is cancer, finding it early makes it more treatable and can save lives.

Your NHS is here and wants to see you. Help Us Help You.

Visit for more information.
Southport and Ormskirk to partner with neighbouring trust

Southport and Ormskirk hospitals are to partner with a neighbouring NHS trust to help secure services for patients.

The board of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust this week unanimously approved a proposal that the Trust should enter a partnership with St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The decision has the backing of NHS England.

St Helens and Knowsley (STHK) is a high-performing trust, rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and scores highly in the annual NHS Staff Survey. The two trusts also have a record of working together – mostly notably, Southport and Ormskirk’s pathology service has been provided with the support of Whiston hospital since 2014.

The partnership agreement for a long-term collaboration will:

  • Sustain the delivery of improved outcomes for patients
  • Ensure high quality and sustainable hospital services
  • Give staff greater flexibility to develop their professional skills
  • Makes best use of available resources
  • Share with Southport and Ormskirk the benefits and experiences of a trust rated “outstanding”
Read more here.
Get involved
Residents invited to virtual cancer health and wellbeing event

The Macmillan Cancer Support month-long virtual Health and Wellbeing Event is now in full swing and residents in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are invited to attend a range of useful and informative sessions. 

The online sessions have been designed to help prepare people for all stages of their cancer journey, as well as providing support and information for their carers, family and friends. The sessions are being delivered by a range of service providers from the NHS, social, community and voluntary organisations across Cheshire, Merseyside and West Lancashire.

They will include information on topics such as chemotherapy, clinical trials and how to manage conditions like lymphoedema, sessions about exercise, fatigue, relaxation, hair (including wigs), skin care, emotional support, benefits and financial support, and more. 

See the full timetable and sign up here. 
Legendary quizmaster helps NHS charity save lives

Comedian and quiz show veteran Roy Walker will test the nation’s knowledge this September while raising money to help prevent suicide.

Host of the iconic ITV show Catchphrase in the 1980s and 1990s, Roy will be joined by soap stars and celebrities for The Big Quiz on Friday, September 10 in support of the Zero Suicide Alliance (ZSA). 

Streamed online at 7.30pm on World Suicide Prevention Day, The Big Quiz is open to everyone with access to a computer.  Contestants will be challenged by Coronation Street’s DS Swain (Vicky Myers), TV Gladiator Vogue (Suzie Cox) and TV and radio presenter Dan Westwood amongst others in 10 rounds of fun from song lyrics to geography via the 1990s. Read more here.

Consultation on new guidance for disabled children and young people with severe complex needs

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is asking for feedback on new guidance about how services should work for people with a learning disability and behaviour that challenges.

There are 3 types of document about the guidance:

Draft guideline – just the recommendations.

Draft guideline Easy Read – this tells you about the guidance in easy read format.

Evidence reviews (available here) – these contain the evidence used to make the guidance.

Responders are asked to consider the areas that will have the biggest impact on practice and be challenging to implement and how to help users overcome challenges.

Find more information and to give your feedback, click here.

Recruitment for chairs for NICE guideline committees

NICE and the National Guideline Centre (based at the Royal College of Physicians), are looking to recruit chairs for NICE guideline committees.

They are looking for people with skills and experience of:
  • chairing national or high profile multi-professional committees or working groups
  • guideline development processes
  • a commitment to evidence-based practice or medicine
  • the ability to communicate complex issues to a variety of audiences.
Work is expected to start in the next 12 months on a wide range of guideline topics across health, social care and public health including physical activity, early years, osteoporosis and cirrhosis.

You can find full details of these opportunities and who to contact for more information are on the NICE website.
Events on advanced Care Planning for people with a Learning Disability 

The NHS England and Improvement North West, North East and Yorkshire Learning Disability and Autism Programme is running an event around advanced care planning and 'do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation' (DNACPR) for people with a learning disability. 

The event will explore current CQC recommendations and important considerations across community hospital care. It is designed for professionals in health and social care, family, carers, volunteers, advocates and anyone else who may have an interest in DNACPR for people with a learning disability and/or autism.

The event will take place on Monday 20 September 2021, 1pm-3pm via Microsoft Teams, join the meeting here.
Mental health support for the Armed Forces community

Mental health problems are common and can affect anyone, including veterans, service leavers, serving personnel, reservists and their families. It is important to get help and support if you or someone you know has mental health problems.

Op COURAGE is a specialist NHS mental health service for the Armed Forces community. Available across England, you can contact the service yourself or ask your GP, a charity or someone else, such as a family member or friend, to do this for you.

Visit for further information on dedicated health services for the Armed Forces community and follow @NHSArmedForces

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