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Welcome to your newsletter from NHS South Sefton CCG. 

This edition will cover current coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and information, as well as well as other useful updates and information. 
Stay safe as lockdown guidance eases

We're urging residents to stay safe and continue to play their part in reducing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This comes ahead of an easing in lockdown guidance as the infection rates of coronavirus continues to fall.
From 4 July, the new guidance will allow additional businesses to open, people can meet in groups of up to two households in any location and can stay overnight away from their home with members of one other household.

As we see more shops, restaurants, pubs, visitor attractions, libraries, places of worship and hotels open it’s really important that everyone remembers that hand washing, face coverings and staying at least 2 metres away from others can reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus. Read more here.
Advice on use of face coverings 

As face coverings are now mandatory on public transport and in hospitals, we have joined together with Sefton Council to remind local people of how to use and wear a face covering, and the best ways to reduce the risk of spreading or catching coronavirus (COVID-19). 

Read more here.

Two new coronavirus test sites for Sefton

New locations in Sefton have been confirmed for visits by mobile coronavirus testing units.

Following successful visits by mobile test centres to Litherland, Maghull and Southport, Sefton Council has had confirmation from the Department of Health and Social Care that parking areas at Bootle Town Hall and Crosby Civic Hall are going to be used as sites for the drive-through tests.

The first of these has been scheduled to take place at Bootle Town Hall from Wednesday 1 to Friday 3 July and the first planned visit to Crosby Civic Hall is between Monday 13 and Wednesday 15 July. Read more here.

Stay safe in the hot weather
Summer is here, and so far we've experienced some very warm temperatures. Whilst many of us enjoy the hot weather, it’s worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks for some people. 

Ahead of any further warm spells, we're sharing tips on how to keep yourself and others safe in hot weather. 
  • Look out for those who may struggle to keep themselves cool and hydrated. Older people, those with underlying conditions and those who live alone are particularly at risk
  • Stay cool indoors: Many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors.
  • If going outdoors, use cool spaces considerately, keep your distance in line with social distancing guidelines
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol;
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11am to 3pm, when the UV rays are strongest
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat
  • avoid physical exertion in the hottest parts of the day
  • make sure you take water with you, if you are travelling
Make sure you follow the COVID-19 social distancing guidance while looking out for others. Keep 2 metres apart from people outside your household where possible and make sure you wash your hands regularly. Read more here.
Cervical screening saves lives – don’t skip your smear test!

Cervical screening (smear tests) are now resuming in Sefton after being paused due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Five million women are invited for cervical cancer screening each year in the UK however, many do not attend. This is a free health test that checks for cell changes caused by high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV). The best way to protect yourself from cervical cancer is by attending cervical screening when invited. Residents who are registered at a local GP practice will receive a screening invitation letter in the post with information about how to book their appointment.

The 7 Day GP Service in Southport and Formby and the GP Extra service in south Sefton are open and are providing additional appointments on weekday evenings and at the weekend for residents. All patients registered with a Sefton GP can book appointments with these services via their GP practice. Read more here.

It’s time to test: Get a HIV test and break the chain

We've partnered with Sexual Health Sefton and Seftoun Council to raise awareness about HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) testing and encourage residents that think they may have HIV to get a test.

Read more here.
NHS 72 anniversary

On Sunday 5 July, it will be 72 years since the NHS came to be. During the last few months, the NHS has been through the greatest test in its lifetime and will continue to deal with the many challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic for the foreseeable future.

Local residents are invited to join together in a national moment of thanksgiving, to remember and give thanks for the lives of those who have died during the crisis, to thank the NHS staff and all key workers who have helped us through the crisis so far.
How to take part

Say thank you
In the run-up to 5th July you can say a personal thank you to someone who matters to you by drawing a thank you and displaying it in your window - there are templates you can print or use for inspiration here.

Shine a light
Then, on the evening of Saturday 4 July, put a light in your window – an LED candle, a lamp or a torch – to remember those we have lost. National landmarks will be lit up as well as buildings in Sefton, including Crosby Library and Bootle Town Hall to honour the event. 

One- off clap for carers
On July 5th, the birthday of our NHS, let’s say ‘thank you together’.
At 5pm, join a one-off clap for carers – the biggest yet, because this time it is to say thank you to everybody. Just afterwards, raise a glass, mug or cuppa to thank each other – our friends, family and neighbours – for looking out for us, helping the vulnerable, or simply doing the right thing and staying at home. Stay outside to chat to your neighbours, or reach out to someone who is lonely, isolated or stuck in another household, to let them know they are appreciated.

You can listen to a clip of our chief officer Fiona Taylor July 2nd interview with BBC Radio Merseyside about the NHS Birthday from 1 hour 10 minutes into this recording.

Read more about about the NHS anniversary and how to get involved here.

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