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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
People in Sefton encouraged to have their second COVID-19 vaccine

We're reminding all residents to get their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine booked in as soon as possible, to get maximum protection and help curb the spread of the virus across the borough.

Following updated national guidance, we are also encouraging people aged over 50 to take up the offer of bringing forward their second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine when they are contacted, to ensure they have the strongest possible protection from the virus at an earlier opportunity.

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Dedicated testing for COVID variant in Sefton ending Friday 4 June

Cllr Ian Maher, leader of Sefton Council, has confirmed that dedicated testing in the Borough for the COVID-19 variant first identified in India will end this week. He said:

“Following discussions with Public Health England and close monitoring of case levels in Sefton, we will be ending the dedicated testing in the Formby area on Friday 4 June.

“After a rise in local coronavirus cases and being informed that the variant first identified in India was present in the Borough, we quickly set up specific drive-through and walk-through testing in the Formby area.

“We encouraged people living, working and studying in the area to come forward for the specific testing and I would like to thank the thousands who have come forward and done just that.

“I would also like to thank all the Sefton Council teams involved in setting up and running the dedicated testing so quickly as well as all the work of Public Health England and our partners in supporting the initiative.

“Fortunately, the proportion of cases related to the variant remained relatively low and we are now in a position where we can step down the specific testing, which did help us to identify a number of asymptomatic cases.”

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Gypsies, Roma, Travellers and Showmen unite to 'Give COVID the Jab'

Members of the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller and Showmen communities are being encouraged to ‘Give Covid the Jab’ in a new NHS video.

Produced by the GRT and Inclusion Health team at First Community Health and Care in partnership with Surrey Heartlands CCG, the video aims to educate, inform and answer common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine to boost vaccine confidence within Traveller communities.

The film follows renowned Romany journalist Jake Bowers as he investigates what he and others in the nomadic communities can personally do to help society move on from the pandemic. Watch the video on YouTube by clicking play below.

Latest news
How to beat the heat in Sefton this summer

Alongside Sefton Council we are advising residents to keep cool during the warm weather, by planning ahead and taking precautions while enjoying the sunshine.

As temperatures rise in Sefton, people are being reminded to be aware of the risks of hot weather and to take extra care of themselves and others.

Read a list of our top advice for keeping sun-safe here.

Sefton volunteers donate £81,000 worth of time to COVID-19 vaccination programme

We're celebrating the outstanding contribution from volunteers across the local COVID-19 vaccination programme, during Volunteer’s Week 2021.

The volunteer programme, set up in partnership with NHS Southport and Formby CCG and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), has been a great success with over 250 people applying to help.

As of 26 May, an estimated 6,182 volunteer hours were completed across the four local vaccination sites in Sefton, totalling an equivalent estimated wage value of £81,417.

Thank you to all the generous and selfless volunteers who have given their time and energy to help protect our communities in Sefton. 

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COVID-19 Vaccine Heroes 

As part of Volunteers Week we're putting a spotlight on some of our COVID-19 vaccination volunteers who were nominated as Vaccine Heroes for going above and beyond to help protect our communities. Read their stories below. 
Angela Roberts
Adele Cartwright 
Angela Bradshaw
Angela Evans
Mersey Care completes acquisition of North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust (MCFT) is delighted to have completed the acquisition of North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NWBH) and will now provide an enlarged range of mental health and community health services across Merseyside, Cheshire and the North West region.

As of 1 June 2021, staff and services will become part of Mersey Care after approval for the transaction was given by regulators NHS England and NHS Improvement and the executive boards of both trusts.

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Bid to ‘futureproof’ local NHS services seeks involvement from local people

Shaping Care Together is a programme run by local NHS leaders across West Lancashire, Formby and Southport that seeks to ‘futureproof’ NHS services by exploring new ways of working, as well as utilising money, staff and buildings to maximum effect. 

It will prepare our local NHS to meet the challenges of the future – both those we know about and those that cannot be foreseen – delivering high-quality services that are affordable, efficient and, above all, safe. It will also look at ways in which the NHS can deliver more services in the local community.

You can get involved in Shaping Care Together by completing the questionnaire.

Read more about the programme and its progress so far here.

Need urgent care? Think NHS 111 First 

People who need urgent NHS care across Sefton are being asked to contact NHS 111, which is staffed by trained professionals and clinicians, who will direct people to the most appropriate health service.

NHS 111 will advise you how to safely manage your condition at home, or direct you to the right health service for your needs, which may include a local walk-in centre, GP practice, pharmacy or hospital.

If you are assessed as needing to attend a hospital, you will get a timed appointment at a hospital emergency department. In a medical emergency such as loss of consciousness, stroke or serious injury, you should always call 999. 

If you have any non urgent illnesses or injuries, there are a range of local health services to support you. Find more information on our website here.

Getting you home as soon as you're well enough

We're sharing a booklet created by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust called Information about your stay in hospital and what will happen when you leave.

The booklet provides useful information on how to make sure you’re not in hospital any longer than you need to be, as staying in hospital once you are well enough to leave has an impact on your health. 

You can find more information about this as well as information about local support on our website here.
Child Safety Week - Share because you care

Child Safety Week is an annual community education campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT). This year Child Safety Week runs from Monday 7-Sunday 13 June with the theme 'Share because you care'.

The campaign encourages the sharing of key safety advice to empower families to keep children safe. You can find a range of resources including safety fact sheets, a parent pack, session plans and more on the CAPT website here.
‘Long Covid’ sufferer from Liverpool tells of battling debilitating symptoms as part of ‘Spread the Facts’ campaign

As lockdown restrictions ease, Directors of Public Health in Cheshire and Merseyside are relaunching a campaign to ‘Spread the Facts’ about how young people can play their part in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
With the vaccine rollout in England now opened to those aged 30 and over, young frontline health workers have joined forces to make the facts clearer for young people and urge them to both get the vaccine when their turn comes and get tested regularly, even if they have no symptoms.
As part of the initiative, which is a collaboration between the NHS and local councils in Cheshire and Merseyside, ‘long Covid’ sufferer Sally McCreith, Head of Medical Education at Liverpool University Hospitals, has shared her own personal experience of long Covid and the devastating impact it continues to have on her life. 

Read more.
Get involved
Programme of Care vacancies

NHS England and NHS Improvement Specialised Commissioning is recruiting Patient Public Voice partners to its Programmes of Care Steering Groups.

Patient Public Voice representation brings important views, perspectives and challenge into the Programmes of Care. This role is essential in championing the patient, public or carer viewpoint, ensuring the needs of the population are met through the outcomes of the programme.

Current vacancies available are:

Read more about the roles and download application documents here.
Local opportunities
Two groups in Sefton ready to welcome people

We're sharing information on two new groups in Sefton that are open to new members, including those living with dementia. They are open to anyone wishing to enjoy some company and all appropriate safety measures will be in place. 

Memory Café ‘Down Orrell Hey’
The group is based in The Orrell Trust in Bootle and meet every Thursday morning from 10.30am-12pm for refreshments, conversation, games, puzzles, arts and crafts and shared reading. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact Mary on 0151 933 2116.

The Friendship Café
This group, based in the Friendship Café at the Salvation Army on Shakespeare Street in Southport, started on Sunday 23 May and meet in the coffee shop every week from 1-3pm for activities, friendship, light refreshments and a quiz. Call 01704 547805 for more details.
Free Bowl for Health programme for residents in Sefton
‘Bowl for Health’ is an introductory programme designed for newcomers to bowls, providing an overview of the basics and how to play a match. 

There are currently free group sessions available for beginners with all equipment provided - anybody can join in and no previous experience is required.

The free 6 week course is now taking place at Hightown Bowling Club, as well as at at the Crescent Bowling Club in Bootle, the Hesketh Arms Bowling Club in Churchtown and the Sandbrook Park Bowling Club in Ainsdale. You can find dates, times and details of how to sign up here.

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