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How to get healthcare help this Jubilee bank holiday weekend

As Sefton residents prepare to celebrate The Queen's Platinum Jubilee, we are sharing information on how to get healthcare help while enjoying the long bank holiday weekend.

Think 111 first

Anyone in need of urgent NHS care, but it is not a 999 emergency, is advised to contact NHS 111 which is staffed by trained professionals and clinicians who will direct you to the most appropriate health service, including appointments with a GP outside of your practice’s regular opening hours.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, even on bank holidays.

You can visit 111.nhs.uk online or call 111 over the phone to get healthcare support. You can also call 18001 111 on a textphone.

Plan ahead

Pharmacies and GP practices may change their opening hours over the bank holiday, so it’s best to be prepared and plan ahead.

Your local pharmacists are highly qualified and can give free, confidential advice on many healthcare concerns, as well as help you get your medicine cabinet stocked up with treatments for common ailments.

Jubilee bank holiday pharmacy opening times

A number of pharmacies in Sefton are open on the bank holiday Thursday and Friday. Opening times for these pharmacies can be found here. Residents are advised to call ahead to their local pharmacy before travelling, to confirm that they are open as advertised.

Booking GP appointments

Anyone registered with a GP surgery in Sefton can book a routine, non urgent evening and weekend appointment with a doctor, practice nurse or other healthcare professional through the ‘7 day GP service' in Southport and Formby. The opening hours for these services over the bank holiday weekend are:

7 day GP service - The Family Surgery, 107 Liverpool Rd, Birkdale

Thursday 2 June: 5pm-9pm

Friday 3 June: 9am-1pm

Saturday 4 June: 9am-1pm

Sunday 5 June: 9am-1pm

Patients can pre-book routine appointments with these services by calling their own GP practice during their usual practice opening hours. Find out more about the 7 day GP service and their usual opening hours here.

How the NHS is changing from 1 July 2022
 
The Health and Care Act 2022 has now completed the parliamentary process and has received Royal Assent. On 1 July 2022 NHS Southport and Formby CCG will be disestablished and will be replaced by the NHS Cheshire and Merseyside Integrated Care Board (ICB).
 
NHS Cheshire and Merseyside will bring together health and social care partners to make decisions about how best to deliver health and care services, ensuring they meet the needs of local people, are high quality, safe and affordable.
 
You can find out more by visiting the NHS Cheshire and Merseyside website: http://www.cheshireandmerseyside.nhs.uk (live from 1 July 2022)
 
Sefton Partnership
 
We are continuing to establish Sefton Partnership locally, which will work closely with the ICB. 
 
Sefton Partnership brings together local NHS, Sefton Council, voluntary, community and faith (VCF) groups and other organisations involved in improving health, care and wellbeing in the borough.
 
You will be able to find out about what’s happening across the health and care services in the borough on our new Sefton Partnership channels, which we will share in the coming weeks.

Read more about Sefton Partnership and the recruitment of our place director Deborah Butcher on our website.
Babies cry, you can cope

Do you know what to do when infant crying feels overwhelming? 

Research suggests that some dads, mums or care givers can lose control when infant crying becomes too much. Some go on to shake a baby, with devastating consequences.

NHS leaders are advising parents and carers to remember ‘ICON’:

I – Infant crying is normal

C – Comforting methods can help

O – It’s OK to walk away for a few minutes if your baby is safe

N – Never, ever shake a baby

Abusive head trauma (AHT) – also known as 'shaken baby syndrome' – can cause brain injuries, which can lead to death, or significant long-term health and learning disabilities. AHT can occur in any environment when a parent or carer struggles to cope due to infant crying.

The ICON programme provides guidance on how to cope with crying babies, tips for comforting infants and advice for staying calm and relaxed. You can also download and fill in your own ‘coping with crying’ plan from the ICON website, to plan ahead and know what to do when infant crying feels overwhelming.

Visit the ICON website to find advice and resources for parents and caregivers on coping with crying: www.iconcope.org/parentsadvice 

New school nurse text messaging service launched for 11 to 19 year olds in Sefton

Young people in Sefton will be able to contact their school nurse in a quick and easy way following the launch of a new text messaging service from Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Sefton residents aged 11 to 19 can send a message, anonymously if they wish, to their school nurse to get confidential help and advice about a range of health concerns, including emotional health, sexual health, relationships, alcohol, drugs and bullying.

The new service is available Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) from 9am to 4.30pm. Each message sent to the dedicated number, 07312 263 291, will receive an automated reply and a specialist community public health nurse will reply within 24 working hours.

Read more here.

North West patients to benefit from first heart failure virtual ward

The North West’s only heart failure ‘virtual ward’ is being launched following a successful joint bid from Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to secure funding from the NHS Digital Health Partnership Award.

The funding will allow the two Trusts to work together to deliver only the second virtual ward of its type in the country and ensure heart failure patients can receive the same care by remaining at home as they would expect from a hospital.

Read more here.

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