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Your CCG newsletter

Welcome to your newsletter from NHS Southport and Formby CCG. 

This edition will cover current coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and information, as well as well as other useful updates and information. 
COVID-19 updates
Further COVID-19 restrictions confirmed in Sefton and Liverpool City Region 
The government has confirmed more restrictions for the Liverpool City Region, including Sefton to combat rising cases of COVID-19.

The new regulations state that, by law, residents must not meet anyone outside their household or bubble in any indoor setting, including private homes and gardens, from midnight on Saturday 3 October.

It is also recommended that people do not meet with anyone outside their household or bubble in outdoor public spaces, such as parks and outdoor hospitality.
 
People should also:
  • Not attend amateur sports events as spectators
  • Only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances
  • Adhere to guidance against all but essential travel
Read more here. For more information and local support, visit the Sefton Council website here. 

These restrictions are in addition to the national measures that have been put in place which you can view here.
Hands, face, space

There are three simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other:

Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precaution

Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms; a high temperature, a new, continuous cough and a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, can book an appointment at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119.
Guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 however mild, self-isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you are not experiencing symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, you must self-isolate for at least 10 days, starting from the day the test was taken. If you develop symptoms during this isolation period, restart your 10 day isolation from the day you developed symptoms.

If you live with others, all other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14 day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill or if they do not have symptoms, from the day their test was taken.

Read more here.
NHS COVID-19 app launches across England and Wales
People across England and Wales are being urged to download the NHS COVID-19 app to help control the spread of coronavirus and protect themselves and their loved ones as case numbers rise.
 
The app, launched Thursday 24 September, has been through positive trials and rigorous testing and will be an important new tool to work alongside traditional contact tracing to help reduce the spread of the virus. You can find out more about the new app here.
Latest news
Accessing your local healthcare services
Your local healthcare services are still here for you during the coronavirus pandemic. Many of the services that you would turn to first when you are unwell are working differently so they can keep you and their staff as safe and well as possible.

Here is a reminder of what you should know if you need health advice, information or treatment.
Your GP practice

Your GP practice is open and here for you. If you've got any health concerns, signs or symptoms that you’re worried about, make sure you seek help as you would normally. 

Due to the coronavirus outbreak practices have made some changes to the usual way that you access services at your practice. This means you should either phone your practice or visit the practice website to get advice rather than visiting your surgery in person.

Appointments are being delivered face-to-face, online and over the telephone. If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery.

Remember that there is a range of services you can access online, including ordering repeat prescriptions and accessing a wide range of medical advice and information. Visit your GP practices' website for online services, or download the NHS App on your smartphone, tablet or other device. 

Your local pharmacy 

Pharmacies are still open to provide you with expert health advice on minor illnesses and ailments. As qualified healthcare professionals, they can offer clinical advice and over-the-counter medicines for a range of minor illnesses, such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains.

If you are going into a pharmacy in person, follow social distancing rules and the rules put in place by the pharmacy to protect you and their staff. 

You can find website details for local pharmacies here.

Ordering prescriptions

The best way to order your repeat prescription is online through your GP practice or the NHS app. If you are unable to order your prescription in this way, your practice will have arrangements in place. Please only phone your practice if you are unable to order online or via an app.

If you can’t get out to pick up your medicines you can ask a trusted family member, friend or neighbour to collect your medicines once the prescription is ready for collection. If you have no one to help and are self-isolating, you can find details of support available on Sefton Council's website here.

Walk-in and urgent care centres

Sefton’s centre at Litherland Town Hall is continuing to provide health advice and treatment for you and those you care for, including your children. The centre is currently operating a telephone booking system which patients are asked to use in the first instance rather than attending the centre in person. 

Patients can book an appointment by contacting Litherland Walk-in Centre direct on their new number which is: 0151 475 4667. The Litherland Walk-in Centre telephone triage line is operating every day, from 8am to 8pm. 
 
Centres in Ormskirk and Skelmersdale are operating in the same way. You can call the centres using the numbers below or visit their websites for more information:
Litherland Walk-In Centre (8am – 8pm) - 0151 475 4667.
West Lancashire Urgent Care Centre and Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre – 01695 40218


Read more here.
Biggest flu programme in history rolled out in Sefton
GP surgeries and pharmacies across Sefton are starting to vaccinate thousands of people against flu, whilst ensuring that coronavirus social distancing measures are followed.

This year will be the most comprehensive flu programme in UK history, with more people eligible for the free NHS vaccine than ever.
 
We are currently focusing on encouraging uptake of the vaccine for two and three year olds.
Young children can become very unwell with flu and complications. They can easily pass it on to those around them who could be vulnerable – even if they don’t show any symptoms. The children’s flu vaccination is a quick, easy and painless nasal spray and will help protect them and others. Find out more here.
Quit smoking and breathe this Stoptober
It’s the beginning of October and that means the start of Stoptober – the annual 28 day challenge to help smokers kick the habit for good. Stopping smoking is one of the best things you'll ever do for your health.

When you stop, you give your lungs the chance to repair and you'll be able to breathe easier. There are lots of other benefits too - and they start almost immediately. It's never too late to quit, so join in this Stoptober.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week - 10-17 October 2020

National Hate Crime Awareness Week is an annual campaign that focuses on raising awareness and encouraging the reporting of hate crimes and incidents. Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity
They can be committed against a person or property. A victim does not have to be a member of the group at which the hostility is targeted. In fact, anyone could be a victim of a hate crime.

Find out more about local support and how to report a hate crime here.
Get involved
You're invited to Sefton in Mind's World Mental Health Day event

Sefton residents are invited to a celebration of the support available locally to people with varying degrees of mental health need. As part of the Sefton in Mind campaign, Sefton CVS is holding a virtual World Mental Health Day event on Friday 9 October, 10am-1pm.

This will showcase positive stories of those who have been helped by a number of community groups, whether they are young, older or anywhere in between and there is a special focus on men's mental wellbeing. People are encouraged to come along to hear about the good work that is going on locally. To book on, click here.​

Remember, if you need support for any mental health issues, you can contact Access Sefton. Find out more about the service and how to self-refer here.

SEND parents and carers invited to share views in follow up survey
Following on from the SEND Parent and Carer survey that was carried out in November 2019, Sefton Council are inviting parents and carers to feedback on whether there have been any improvements in the help and support they are receiving from health, education social care and the SEN casework team in Sefton.

To find out more and take part in the survey, click here.
Join Southport and Ormskirk Hospital's virtual open week event
Southport and Ormskirk hospitals are welcoming the local community to join their first ever virtual Open Hospital event. Launching on Monday 5 October, the event replaces the usual annual open day. Sadly the usual event had to be cancelled due to ongoing Covid restrictions.

The Open Hospital event will be online only, a series of videos will be shared from the Trust’s website, Facebook and Twitter accounts. Find out more here.
 
October – a month to remember those we have lost
Every year in November, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust’s chaplaincy and spiritual care service offers a memorial event for the remembrance of loved ones.  This year, because of the COVID-19 restrictions, it is not going to be possible to offer an event where people gather in large numbers.  However, alternative plans for the hospital and the community to remember loved ones are in place.
At the end of October a memorial event will be recorded and broadcast from the Trust’s website and social media channels. There will be input from some professional musicians, a local choir, the hospital chaplains, Dr Karen Groves (consultant in palliative medicine) and Dr Dominic Bray (consultant clinical health psychologist) who will be reflecting on grief in a pandemic. Find out more here.
Local opportunities
Volunteer for Healthwatch Sefton and make a difference

Do you live in Sefton and have an interest in speaking up on behalf of others? Is it important to you to make sure NHS health and care services work for everyone?

Sefton’s independent health consumer champion – Healthwatch Sefton - has exciting volunteer roles and wants to hear from people who love talking with others in their community about using health and care services.
Healthwatch is looking for people interested in representing the following areas: Seaforth and Litherland; Hightown and Ince; and Formby. As a volunteer, you would be acting as a point of contact for residents living in your local area and letting Healthwatch Sefton know of any issues local residents have when using health and social care services.

The closing date is Saturday 31 October and to find out more details visit www.healthwatchsefton.co.uk or contact the team via email info@healthwatchsefton.co.uk, and freephone 0800 206 1304.

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