Update from your CCG

This is an update on the new restrictions introduced across Sefton and other parts of Merseyside from Wednesday 14 October, as well as other key news and updates. 
COVID-19 updates

Sefton and other parts of Liverpool City Region in 'very high' local COVID alert level

The government has announced new COVID alert levels which have now come into effect. Sefton and other parts of the Liverpool City Region have been placed in the local COVID alert level 'very high'. 

These restrictions mean in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus you must not:

1. host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they’re in your support or childcare bubble

2. meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside the affected local areas, unless they’re in your support or childcare bubble

3. socialise with people who you do not live with in any indoor settings, whether inside or outside of the affected local areas

Your household is defined as the people you live with and any support or childcare bubble.

A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

A childcare bubble is where someone in one household can provide informal (i.e. unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child aged 13 or under in another household. This must occur on an exclusive basis - always the same two households.

You should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if you are resident in a very high alert level area, and residents from other areas should avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area.

You may continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, for work, or to access education, but you should and aim to reduce the number of journeys you make. If you need to travel you are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practise social distancing while you travel.

More information

You can find more information on the restrictions in the government guidance here
Click here to download a useful graphic explaining the key changes and rules in place.
For local support and more information, visit the Sefton Council website here.

Clinically extremely vulnerable receive updated advice tailored to local COVID alert levels

With Sefton and the rest of Liverpool City Region having been placed at the Tier 3, Very High COVID alert level, updated guidance has been issued for people who are considered clinically extremely vulnerable. This includes those with conditions affecting the immune system, certain cancers and organ transplant recipients among others. 

These people, who are likely previously to have been shielding, are being advised to stay at home as much as possible, to work from home and to avoid all but essential travel. Also, to reduce shopping trips significantly, to use online delivery services or ask other people in their household, support bubble or volunteers to collect food and medicines.

However, clinically extremely vulnerable people should still try to go outside for exercise, and can still go to school and to work if they cannot work from home.

It is important that you continue to receive the care and support you need to help you stay safe and well. Providers of social care and medical services are making every effort to ensure services remain open and as safe as possible.

Click here for national guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

Anyone who needs support to follow the guidance should contact the Sefton Council Call Centre on 0345 140 0845.

Latest news
Your invitation to our first virtual Annual General Meeting
We are delighted to invite you to our first virtual NHS Southport and Formby CCG Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 19 November, 5:30-6:30pm.

This year we are unable to hold our usual ‘Big Chat’ style AGM due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are holding our virtual AGM on Microsoft Teams Live Events. If you would like to join the session, we will send you a link to join the meeting.
To register and to submit a question, please email or you can call us on 0151 317 8456. We ask you to please register and submit any questions before 5pm on Tuesday 10 November.
Children’s A&E opening extended until midnight from 19 October 

From Monday 19 October 2020, the children's accident and emergency department at Ormskirk hospital will open from 8am to midnight. 

The department was closed between 10pm and 8am daily from Monday 6 April this year, as the Trust could not maintain safe and consistent medical cover against the background of the surging COVID-19 pandemic. 

The hospital has carried out a fresh assessment of the service, taking into consideration the impact of schools reopening and upcoming winter pressures. Chief executive, Trish Armstrong-Child, said: “A significant workforce challenge remains around 24/7 cover given the uncertainty around COVID infections and the continued, and potential, impact on staffing. However, I am pleased to say the clinical team have been able to strengthen cover available to extend the opening hours."

Read more here.
Help Us, Help You

NHS England and NHS Improvement have relaunched their Help Us, Help You campaign, to encourage the public to contact their GP if they are worried about a symptom that could be cancer (such as unexplained blood, a lump, weight loss which feels significant or an unexplained pain that lasts three weeks or more), and encourage pregnant women to keep appointments and seek advice from their midwife or maternity team if they are worried about their baby.
The campaign also encourages those already who are already being treated for a health issue to keep their routine appointments and those experiencing mental health issues to access NHS services and support.

The NHS has introduced a range of measures to ensure the safety of patients, including COVID-secure wards and phone and digital appointments.

Your NHS is here to see you, safely. Help Us, Help You. Click here to see information about how to access your local health services. 
Sefton Doctors call for people to be ‘breast aware’

About 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, making it the most common type of cancer in the UK. This breast cancer awareness month, doctors in Sefton are coming together to encourage people to be ‘breast aware’.

You should speak to your GP if you notice any of the following:

  • a new lump or area of thickened tissue in either breast that was not there before
  • a change in the size or shape of one or both breasts
  • a discharge of fluid from either of your nipples
  • a lump or swelling in either armpit
  • dimpling on the skin of your breasts
  • a rash on or around your nipple
  • a change in the appearance of your nipple, such as becoming sunken into your breast.

Read more here.

Virtual support sessions available for people living with cancer in Southport and Formby this November

Like many organisations, the Southport and Formby Cancer Information and Support Centre adapted and innovated in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The centre has planned a series of virtual sessions throughout November to help prepare people affected by cancer, their carers, and their family and friends for the transition through their cancer journey. Read more here.

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