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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
GPs encourage people to take up their second COVID-19 vaccine

Health professionals in Sefton are urging people to attend their appointments for the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “If you had your first jab at a GP-led vaccination service, you will be contacted before the 12 weeks, we haven’t forgotten you."

Read more here.

COVID-19 vaccine figures for Southport and Formby 

We're pleased to share that 69,609 residents in the NHS Southport and Formby CCG area have been given a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is 59.9% of the general population.

36,194 residents have been given a second dose which is 31.1% of the population. 

We're also proud to share that 95.5% of eligible care home residents across Sefton have been vaccinated with at least one dose, which is one of the highest figures in the Liverpool City Region, as well as 78.3% of care home staff. 

We'd like to thank you all of our residents who have come forward when they have received their invitation, and urge anyone who is eligible to take up the offer to get protected. You can find out whether you are eligible and how the vaccine programme is working in Sefton here.

This vaccine data includes figures up to 6 May 2021. The 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. 

Read the results of the Healthwatch Sefton COVID-19 vaccine survey

Healthwatch Sefton, our local independent health and social care champion, carried out a survey earlier this year capturing people's views on the COVID-19 vaccine and whether there has been any hesitancy in receiving it. 

You can now read the findings in a report available here. These findings will enable Healthwatch Sefton to provide insight to NHS England, NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and local GP practices to help Healthwatch England build the national picture.

Discounted taxi service to and from vaccination centres

The taxi service Uber is offering £15 off trips to or from 42 vaccination centres across the UK until 31 May, 2021, including the centre at St Helens Rugby Ground. 

You can find out more about the offer and how to redeem it here.
Latest news
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust becomes sole provider of Southport and Formby community services

From 1 May 2021 Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust became the new provider of community health services in Southport and Formby.

Community services is the name for a range of care including blood testing, district nursing, falls prevention, diabetes care, therapies and rehabilitation and pain management for the whole of Sefton.

Following a rigorous re-procurement process, NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) awarded the contract to Mersey Care, which already provides community services in south Sefton and Liverpool.

Importantly, there is no change for patients in the way they access these services as a result of these new management arrangements. Read more.

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.

Litherland Walk-in Centre urges all patients to use telephone appointment system

Patients are reminded to use the telephone triage and appointment system at Litherland Walk-in Centre. This is to comply with government advice around social distancing and maintain safety.

If you attend without an appointment, you either won't be seen that day or will have to wait outside as the waiting rooms are no longer in use. Read more.

Sefton residents encouraged to continue talking about their mental health

The ‘Let’s keep talking’ mental health campaign encourages people who may be struggling to stay connected with family and friends and reach out to others who may be isolated or struggling to seek help when needed.

The campaign, led by the Champs Public Health Collaborative, links to the ‘Kind to Your Mind’ campaign website which offers signposting to local services and various mental wellbeing resources including podcasts, information and free online CBT counselling.

As part of the campaign, four people who have lived experience of struggling with mental health and suicide have shared their stories to encourage people to speak out and access support if they need it. You can watch these stories here.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Next week, 10-16 May is Mental Health Awareness Week. You can follow the hashtag #SeftonInMind on social media channels to find a wealth of mental health resources in Sefton, and you can also follow us on Twitter to see more content about Mental Health Awareness Week.
Get involved
Get your child’s voice heard in new consultation 'The Big Ask'

The Big Ask survey is the largest consultation with children and young people in England ever conducted.

In this survey the Children’s Commissioner is asking children and young people what they think is important for their future and what is holding young people back.

The information gathered will then be presented to the government to show what children and young people think and what they need to live happier lives. Find out more about the survey and how to access it here.

Technology Enabled Care Consultation Workshops 

Sefton Council is running workshops for residents in Sefton to help to raise awareness about Technology Enabled Care Solutions equipment and how it can help and support daily living tasks and promote independent living.   

Residents are invited to join a workshop on Zoom on Wednesday 12 May, 1:30-2:30pm, to have their say on the direction the council takes in expanding their Technology Enabled Care offer in Sefton.

If you are interested in attending, please email Diane Clayton at
National consultation - making vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes
The government is holding a consultation on making COVID-19 vaccination a condition of deployment in older adult care homes. This would mean older adult care home providers could only use those staff who have received the COVID-19 vaccination (or those with a legitimate medical exemption) in line with government guidance.

The government is seeking views from key stakeholders including care service users, their family, friends and carers, health care providers and more.

Find out more about the consultation and take part here. The deadline for responding is Friday 21 May 2021.
Local opportunities
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 courses are taking place 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.
Events and activities for Dementia Action Week 2021

To mark Dementia Action Week (17 May - 23 May), a programme of events and activities is taking place across the Liverpool City Region, including events in Sefton, Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, St Helens and Wirral.

These events aim to help raise awareness and share useful advice and information on living with dementia to support those affected by the condition - ranging from dance and physiotherapy workshops, to a talk on falls and how to prevent them, to a webinar on legal services and dementia and much more. All details are available here.
Perinatal support groups in Sefton

We're sharing details of five perinatal support groups in Sefton for your information and to share with any relevant family, friends or networks. 

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