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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
Grab a jab to protect our local communities
We're reminding everyone that it’s not too late to be vaccinated and there are several ways to get your vaccination, including a range of local walk-in sites, pharmacies that you can book through the national booking system, and other venues across the borough.

Getting vaccinated is the most effective way to protect ourselves and our communities from COVID-19.

It is important to have your second dose eight weeks after your first for maximum protection.

Grab a jab at a walk-in site in Sefton or book in 
  • Click here for up to date Sefton grab a jab walk-in sites - make sure you check the list before you go for the most up to date opening times 
  • Click here for other walk-in sites across Merseyside and beyond
  • Book an appointment at one of the Sefton pharmacy-led vaccination sites or at one of the 1,600 vaccination centres across the country via the national booking service online: uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119
  • Book direct with the Aintree Hospital Hub
Local resident Ellie talks about the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccination.
JCVI advice for children and young people on COVID-19 vaccination
16 and 17-year olds 

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is advising that all 16 and 17-year olds receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Public Health England has shared a press release explaining that this updated advice means we can be confident that young people will be afforded around 80% protection against hospitalisation following their first dose. Read more here.

Children and young people aged 12 and over

JCVI advises that children and young people aged 12 years and over with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of serious COVID19, should be offered COVID-19 vaccination.

Read more here.
Let's Get Vaccinated

Are you worried about getting your jab? Our ‘Let’s Get Vaccinated’ campaign aims to dispel myths around the COVID-19 vaccines and share the facts to help get our community protected. 

The campaign features Sefton residents discussing some of the main barriers to getting the jab. Find out more here.
Pregnant women urged to come forward for COVID-19 vaccine across Cheshire and Merseyside

The Cheshire and Merseyside Health Care Partnership has joined the call for pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Director of the Cheshire and Merseyside Vaccine Programme, Jayne Wood is reminding women that getting the COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to protect them and their unborn children.

She said: “Getting the vaccine is the best way to protect you and your baby against COVID-19. It really is that simple. Hundreds of thousands of pregnant women worldwide have been vaccinated, safely and effectively protecting themselves against COVID and dramatically reducing their risk of serious illness or harm to their baby.

“It’s so important for pregnant women to get their jab, particularly with the virus being so prevalent and the Delta variant proving itself to be so much more transmissible. If you have questions, talk to your midwife, talk to your obstetrician, talk to your GP. Get the answers you need and get the jab.”

Read more here.
Latest news
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.

Hear from emergency department staff and a patient on their experience of using NHS 111.
Useful videos on self care

We're sharing some useful videos on how to look treat common ailments yourself at home. Click play below to watch a video on what to do if you have a sprain or strain. View the full playlist of videos which includes what to do if you have lower back pain and an ear infection here.
What to do if you have a sprain or strain
NHS patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings

We're reminding residents that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare facilities must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules in healthcare settings. 

This means that staff, patients and visitors in GP practices, hospitals, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies are expected to continue to follow social distancing rules as well as using face coverings and other personal protection equipment to ensure patients and staff are protected.

This will help to protect our staff and patients, particularly those who may be more vulnerable to infections. 

Read more here.

Breastfeeding support is available

This World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August), we are working with Sefton Council to reassure new parents that there is still infant feeding support available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and that group sessions and one to one support are now back up and running.

Led by volunteers, the Sefton Breastfeeding Support Service provides practical and emotional support to expectant and new mothers – call 0151 291 8010 from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

There are two group drop-in sessions that new parents or pregnant women can attend, and these are held in Southport and Netherton:

  • Friday 1-3pm, Netherton Feelgood Factory
  • Thursday 9.30am – 11.30am, The Hart Space, Southport
Find out more about the support available and the benefits of breastfeeding here.
Macmillan to host virtual health and wellbeing event

Southport, Formby and West Lancashire residents are being invited to a month-long virtual Health and Wellbeing Event in September being held by Macmillan centres and partners across Cheshire, Merseyside and West Lancashire.

Sessions during the month will help prepare people for all stages of their cancer journey, as well as providing support and information for their carers, family and friends. The online sessions will include information on topics such as chemotherapy, clinical trials and how to manage conditions like lymphoedema, sessions about exercise, fatigue, relaxation, hair (including wigs), skin care, emotional support, benefits and financial support, and more. 

Find out more here. 
Cheshire and Merseyside CCGs joint committee

The first meeting of the Cheshire and Merseyside CCGs joint committee took place on Wednesday 21 July - you can see an overview of what was discussed and agreed at the meeting here.

You can find more information about the new committee including membership, terms of reference and a register of interests for the members on our website here.
Get involved
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We’d like to invite you to follow our new Facebook page for NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
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We will be using this page to share information about your local health services and the work we’re doing, so you can click ‘like’ on the page to follow us and see regular updates, and to ask us questions and post comments.
You're invited to our virtual Big Chat event

We're inviting you to attend our virtual Big Chat event which will take place on Wednesday 15 September, 6pm to 8pm.

The event is open to anyone with an interest in local health and care. You'll hear about the important work of the last 12 months, our plans for the future, and have the opportunity to take part in interactive sessions, ask questions and give your views on key topics.

To register your interest in attending and / or to submit questions in advance, please email or call 0151 317 8456 before 5pm on Friday 10 September.

NICE Committee Equalities survey - your help needed

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) works to improve for people using the NHS and other public health and social care services.

Their work is achieved through the direction of independent committee members, which includes people who use health and social care services, carers and experts in health and social care.  

NICE is seeking to attract a more diverse membership to their independent advisory committees, and is asking for views to help inform their plans to do this.

The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete, and is open until 31 August. Complete the survey here.

Have your say on the Transition of Young People into Adult Services Core Capabilities Framework

NHS England and Improvement has commissioned the development of a core capabilities framework for the transition of young people into adult services.

Currently there is no national framework that addresses the needs of young people transitioning into adult services. This new framework will identify and describe the core skills and knowledge which the healthcare workforce needs in order to deliver high quality, compassionate, personalised and developmentally appropriate healthcare for young people transitioning from children’s to adult physical and mental health services.

This will ensure young people remain engaged with their care and treatment to improve theirs and their family experience alongside improving long term health outcomes.
Whether you are a healthcare member of staff, young person, parent or carer your views are very important to the development of the framework.

Please give your feedback by completing this survey. The survey will be live until Sunday 22nd August 2021

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