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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

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 Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG says: “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 nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.

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COVID-19 vaccine figures for Southport and Formby 

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is progressing well and we're pleased to share that the latest figures show that from 8 December to 18 March 2021 a total of 54,535 residents in the NHS Southport and Formby CCG area have been given a first dose, which is 43.4% of the general population. 

The ongoing success of the programme is down to the dedication and hard work of our GP practices, local authority, pharmacies, hospital trusts, CCG staff and many volunteers. We are also extremely grateful to all of our residents who have come forward when they have received their invitation. 

The vaccine data is reported by the National Immunisation Management Service (NIMS) and brings together information from GP led vaccination sites, pharmacies, regional vaccination centres and hospitals. You can view and download the latest data here. 
Latest news
Cheshire and Merseyside health leaders launch drive to help Ethnic Communities feel safe about Covid-19 Vaccine following findings from insight research

Cheshire and Merseyside NHS is teaming up with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities to launch a campaign promoting vaccine safety.

Using insight from local research, representatives from ethnic communities will address questions about the vaccine in a series of radio adverts, posters and social media adverts planned across the local area.

Rosamma George, a senior NHS nurse and Sefton resident, said: "Just like with polio and smallpox, vaccinations are vital in eradicating viruses and keeping people safe, and it's important that people know it's not just their own lives they are protecting by getting the vaccine, but the lives of the most vulnerable in our communities." 

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New data suggests that people put off seeking help for stroke during pandemic

Data from the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic last year show that admissions to hospital for stroke fell in the first wave, a 13% drop between March - July 2020.

Stroke is a medical emergency and anyone experiencing symptoms should seek urgent help. Early treatment not only saves lives but results in a greater chance of a better recovery, as well as a likely reduction in permanent disability from stroke. Read more. 

Sefton Carers Centre launches new transitions pathway for Young Adult Carers on National Young Carers Action Day
Young adult carers are young people aged 16–24 who care, unpaid for a family member or friend with  long-term  illness or disability, a mental health condition or an addiction.

Because of their responsibilities they may find the transition to adulthood much more difficult than their peers who don’t have a caring role, and as a consequence many are denied the opportunity to achieve their potential in life. 

The pathway will provide them with the support they need to transition successfully to adulthood via education, training or employment. 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 week launched the campaign Care Homes: Your Story. Your Say!

Find out more and take the survey.

Feedback on Mersey Care services during COVID-19

Mersey Care is asking people to tell them about their experience of services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The feedback is anonymous and will be used to help improve by Mersey Care’s services and its service users’ experiences in the future. You can take this for yourself or someone for who you provide care.

Take the survey.

Anyone who can’t access the survey online can call Mersey Care’s PALS team on 0151 471 2377 and they will help them complete the survey over the phone.

Share your views to help inform the government's Women's Health Strategy

The Department of Health and Social Care is seeking your views to help inform the development of the government’s Women’s Health Strategy.

This is an opportunity to share your views on women's health to help shape services and developments. Everyone over age 16 is welcome to take part. 

Find out more and complete the survey.

Call for local people with lived experience of self-harm or suicide to contribute to Lived Experience Network in Cheshire & Merseyside
A new initiative has launched in Cheshire & Merseyside which aims to give local people with lived experience of self-harm and/or suicide the opportunity to share their views and contribute to ongoing suicide prevention work in the region.

The Cheshire and Merseyside Lived Experience Network (LEN) offers an opportunity for those people who have been through these difficulties to voice their opinions and express their views from their personal experience. 

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Appeal for people recovered from coronavirus to donate blood plasma

NHS Blood and Transplant is appealing for people who've recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19) to donate blood plasma to potentially help others.

Blood plasma is a yellowish liquid that makes up about half your blood volume. After a virus, your plasma contains antibodies that help fight infection. Antibody rich convalescent plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients, can be transfused into people with COVID-19 who are struggling to develop their own immune response.

Anyone who has had coronavirus or the symptoms can offer to donate at a donor centre by calling 0300 123 23 23 or completing the online form at www.nhsbt.nhs.uk.

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