Update from your CCG

This update includes information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme as well as other useful updates and information.
COVID-19 updates
‘Over 50s; book your vaccine now!’ say Sefton GPs
Please share this video encouraging anyone over 50 in Sefton to book their COVID-19 jab.
Over 50s in Sefton are being urged by local GPs to book their jab, as the local vaccine programme continues to make good progress.

Thousands of people have had their first vaccine at centres across Sefton and GPs are reminding local over 50s who have yet to have theirs, to book their jabs now.
Dr Craig Gillespie local GP, chair and clinical director of NHS South Sefton CCG said: “Thousands of our residents most at risk of COVID-19 have already had their first dose at our local centres. As the vaccination programme progresses, we want to make sure everyone aged over 50 has had the chance to have theirs.”
So, if you’re over 50 living in Sefton, call your GP practice to book your vaccination appointment, alternatively you can book an appointment at a larger regional centre and participating pharmacies by going to or by phoning 119.

Read more.

Home COVID-19 testing kits available for collection at two Sefton sites

COVID-19 home testing kits are now available for collection from Bootle Town Hall and Splash World in Southport.

Packs are for households with school and nursery pupils, members of support bubbles, people working in childcare and other caring occupations.

The packs, which contain seven lateral flow tests that provide results in under an hour, are also available for people like frontline staff, people who are self-employed and sole traders who require regular testing.

People can collect two packs from the centres which are open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. No appointments are necessary but those collecting packs must be aged 18 or over.

The packs have full instructions on how to take the test and register results.

Read more.

Latest news
Your local health services and advice available over Easter

Ahead of the Easter weekend (2 – 5 April), GPs in Sefton are letting residents know where they can go for support and medical advice over the bank holidays.

People who need urgent NHS care across Sefton are being asked to contact NHS 111, who will direct people to the most appropriate health service.

Dr Craig Gillespie, GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “As we’ve seen throughout the pandemic, local health services are available when you need them.

"So, help us to help you, by being aware of the services you can access over the Easter Bank Holiday, if you or anyone you care for is unwell.”

Read more.
CCGs confirm new corporate headquarters

I am pleased to inform you that from Thursday 1 April 2021 the new corporate headquarters of both CCGs in Sefton will be Magdalen House in Bootle although staff will also work from Curzon Road in Southport as and when required.
Our new base is on Trinity Road and is also home to Sefton Council. Magdalen House is just a short walk from Merton House where we were previously.
Whilst the majority of our staff continue to work from home, we look forward to moving into our new base on a phased approach when Government guidance allows.
Despite the change of address, our telephone contact details will remain the same.

Our new postal address is now:

Magdalen House
Trinity Road
L20 3NJ

Best wishes
Fiona Taylor
Caution urged as outdoor restrictions ease

As national restrictions on the numbers of people allowed to meet up outdoors are eased, people in Sefton are being urged to take a cautious and considerate approach.

From 29 March, groups of 6 people, or 2 households, have been allowed to meet outside.

Scientists and medics are urging the public not to be tempted to meet indoors as the risk of spreading the virus is significantly higher inside.

The new guidance allows the public to see family and friends, but reiterates the importance of sticking to the rules, in order to stop the spread of the virus. 

Read more.

Get involved

Share feedback on your experiences of care homes during the pandemic

Healthwatch Sefton, the local independent champion for health and care, wants to hear people’s experience of what it’s been like being in a care home during the past 12 months.

Diane Blair, Manager of Healthwatch Sefton, explained: “During this pandemic, we have not been able to plan our Enter and View visits into care homes and, as a result, have not been able to talk to residents, their relatives, or staff about how care is provided within care homes.

“Visiting is a central part of care home life. It is crucially important for maintaining the health, wellbeing and quality of life of residents. Visiting is also vital for family and friends to maintain contact and life-long relationships with their loved ones and contribute to their support and care.”

To gather people’s stories, Healthwatch this month launched the campaign Care Homes: Your Story. Your Say!

Find out more and take the survey.

Feedback on Care Quality Commission State of Care 2019/20 report

Care Quality Commission (CQC) is looking to gather some feedback from stakeholders involved in the planning of services, about how they may have used the publication State of Care 2019/20.

This is CQC's annual assessment of health and social care in England which looks at trends, shares examples of good and outstanding care, and highlights where care needs to improve.

CQC wants to find out whether this publication is helping to affect change and if there’s anything the organisation could do better to make it even more useful.

Stakeholders are asked to fill in this short ten question survey which will be live until 9 April.

Join the Healthwatch Sefton team

Healthwatch Sefton is currently looking for someone to become a part of its team as signposting, information and adminstration officer.

The successful candidate will be the main point of contact for members of the public who want to access the Healthwatch Sefton signposting and information service and independent complaints advocacy.

They will also provide Healthwatch Sefton with up to date intelligence on key trends from the Healthwatch Sefton feedback centre.

The closing date for completed applications is 5pm, Monday 5 April 2021.

For more information on how to apply, click here.

Get involved with Shaping Care Together

NHS Southport and Formby CCG, Southport & Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust and West Lancashire CCG have launched a listening exercise over the previous couple of months and we are asking patients, carers, members of the public and health and care staff to get involved. 

We're reminding people how to get involved by completing a short online survey to help inform the programme. 

We're reminding people how to get involved by completing a short online survey to help inform the programme. You can read more about the programme here.

Share your views in the survey 

Please take a few moments to share your thoughts and experiences to support this important programme of work in this short online survey.

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