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People in Sefton now have access to primary care services 7 days a week

New services have launched this week to offer a range of routine, pre-bookable, appointments with GPs, practice nurses and medical specialists outside of your surgery’s normal hours.

These new services will increase Sefton residents’ options for booking a non urgent GP appointment on weekday evenings as well as on Saturday and Sunday mornings. 

In addition, people will be able to book appointments with a range of other healthcare professionals working as part of these teams. 

Fiona Taylor, chief officer of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “We know that access to appointments can be an issue for some patients, particularly those who have weekday commitments during regular practice opening hours.

“Now, thanks to these two new services, we can improve access to general practice by offering more flexibility and a wider choice of appointment times into the evening and at weekends.

“This isn’t just about getting to see a GP when you need to, it’s about seeing the right health professional, providing the right care, in the right place at and the right time.”

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have appointed the borough’s two GP federations to provide the extended access services.

The two GP federations, Southport and Formby Health and South Sefton Primary Health Care are run by doctors and invite all practices in their local areas to be members.  In Southport, the federation already runs a very successful community cardiology service.

Dr Gustavo Berni from South Sefton Primary Health Care and local GP, said: “Being able to book an appointment is something we know can be hard for people to do, especially for those in work when surgeries are open.

“Now, people can book an evening or weekend appointment with the new service through their regular GP practice.”

Dr Abdul Zubairu, medical director at Southport and Formby Health Ltd, said: “We’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes to get ready for these new services.

“Although you may not see your usual GP, be assured the clinician you see will have access to your health records with your consent, so will know all about you and the best way to treat you.”

The Southport and Formby service will operate out of the same building as the existing Family Surgery GP Practice at 107 Liverpool Road in Southport.

Litherland Town Hall Health Centre on Hatton Hill Road will be the base in south Sefton.

GP Extended Access Fact File

When and where will appointments be available?

Southport and Formby: Mon to Fri, 5pm – 8pm and Sat & Sun, 9 – 12pm at 107 Liverpool Rd, Birkdale, PR8 4DB

South Sefton: Mon to Fri, 5pm – 8pm and Sat & Sun, 10am – 1pm at Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Rd, L21 9JL

How will patients access these services?

All patients registered with a Sefton GP will be able to book appointments with their local extended access service via their own practice.

Anyone contacting NHS 111 who may be appropriately seen by the extended GP access service will also be offered an appointment by the call handler.

Are there things the new services won’t offer?

These are not ‘list based’ services, so patients cannot register with them like a regular GP practice.  It is therefore not intended to offer all services that you would expect from a traditional GP practice.

Whilst the services will prescribe any medicines that patients’ need as a result of their appointment, they will not be able to issue repeat prescriptions.  This remains the responsibility of the GP practice the patient is registered with.

Sefton Corporate Learning Centre launches e-learning programmes

Sefton Corporate Learning Centre (CLC) has launched brand new e-learning packages that are open to the public for the first time.

The CLC has offered classroom based learning to individuals and businesses for several years but has now decided to extend its online learning opportunities further afield.

Courses in ‘Autism Awareness’ and ‘Private Fostering’ can be completed online at a cost of £20 for an individual or £15 for more than 10 individuals from the same organisation.

Part of Sefton Council’s learning and development portfolio, the Ainsdale-based centre has previously only provided e-learning to Sefton Council staff. These new online packages mark a significant move towards making learning accessible to more people both in Sefton and further afield.

‘Autism Awareness’ intends to provide a basic understanding of autistic spectrum disorders and ‘Private Fostering’ will help learners to know more about situations where children are looked after in a ‘private’ arrangement by someone who is not a close relative.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Skills and Regeneration, said: “E-learning is an excellent way to extend your knowledge in a way that it right for you. The course can be completed at your own pace within an environment that it most suitable for you or your organisation.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for organisations to create a highly skilled workforce with up to date skills and knowledge at a low cost and with little disruption to workplace.”

To find out more about Sefton CLC and the courses on offer visit www.seftonclc.co.uk

It’s time to Stoptober

Smokers in Sefton are being urged to tackle the Stoptober challenge by quitting smoking for 28 days.

Colette Kearney, Team Lead for Smokefree Sefton, one of Living Well Sefton’s partners, said: “Evidence shows that if people are smoke free for 28 days they are five times more likely to quit for good. If you’re thinking of stopping smoking then boost your chances of quitting successfully by using the support of our Personal Quit Plan which is tailored just for you.”

Their clients know first hand how Smokefree Sefton can help and comment: “I want to thank the team because after an injury I became inactive and started to smoke more than 40 cigarettes a day. After reading I was four times more likely to quit with the team’s support, I went to one of their clinics and my advisor helped me every step of the way. Now I enjoy having more money and I’ve even taken up sport again.”

The Smokefree Sefton team is working in partnership with Sefton Council and Health and Safety Executive to give staff help and support to stop smoking during October.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Stoptober presents a great opportunity for people who have been thinking about giving up smoking to take on the challenge and start living a healthier lifestyle.

“I’m delighted that Smokefree Sefton will be offering its services to businesses throughout Sefton this month, including supporting staff at Sefton Council who are ready to make a positive lifestyle change.”

To make it easier for people get free support during the month, the team’s Wellness on Wheels (WOW) bus is driving out to various locations including Bootle Strand, Marion Square Netherton and the foodbanks in Bootle, Waterloo and Southport.  Awareness events are taking place in Asda Bootle throughout the month.

For more information on how the Smokefree Sefton team can help you quit smoking visit their website: www.smokefreesefton.co.uk

Or call 0300 100 1000 to find your nearest stop smoking clinic.

 

City centre flyovers to close for engineering survey

The Churchill Way flyovers in Liverpool city centre are to close after a routine inspection concluded that further investigation works are required.

The two-lane, concrete fly-overs, which were opened in 1970 as part of a £2.4m Mersey Tunnel relief scheme, will close in both directions at 8pm tonight (Friday, 28 September) to allow more intrusive inspections to take place.

The flyovers, consisting of two separate roads linking Lime Street to Dale Street (south flyover) and Tithebarn Street (north flyover), run directly behind the city’s museums and galleries in William Brown Street and has been under constant assessment since the 1980s when it was closed for repairs. There were further remedial works in 2005 and 2013 as part on an ongoing maintenance regime.

Following new legislation on major highways structures a Post Tension Site Investigation (PTSI) began in 2016 to assess the northern and southern sections, both of which are more than 240 metres in length. This has found several design and construction flaws, including drainage, internal support, barriers and bearings and has recommended further intrusive investigations be carried out which requires a full closure.

It is anticipated this new survey, which will be undertaken by specialist engineers and will involve structural testing, removal of the road surface and drilling into the decks as well as underground assessments of every supporting column, is expected to take at least six months to complete. This estimated time period will be affected by the unusual fact that the fly-overs have no access chambers to allow such inspections.

The diversion routes will be as follows:

  • North Flyover – Traffic on Tithebarn Street will be directed to take a left on Vauxhall Road then right on to Leeds Street, then right on to Byrom Street and up Hunter Street to the junction with St Anne Street and into the city centre.
  • South Flyover – Traffic on Lime Street will be directed to continue onto Commutation Row then left onto Islington, down on to Hunter Street then left onto Byrom Street into the city centre – where they can access lower Dale Street from the tunnel roundabout. Equally traffic on Hunter Street can continue north on the A59 and then take a left at Leeds Street to access the waterfront.
  • The bus lane on St Johns Lane heading up to Lime Street station will also be suspended

Sefton named global age friendly community

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has welcomed Sefton into its Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities.

This milestone has been achieved thanks to the collaborative work of Sefton Council and Sefton’s Older Persons’ Forums.

The WHO Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities was established to foster the exchange of experience and mutual learning between cities and communities worldwide.

Sefton’s admission into the network is a result of its dedication to promoting healthy and active ageing and a good quality of life for its older residents.

As a member, the borough will be part of a growing global movement of communities, cities and other sub-national levels of government that are striving to better meet the needs of their older residents.

By joining the Network, Sefton commits to sharing and promoting the values and principles central to the WHO Age-friendly approach, implementing the four steps to create age-friendly local environments, and actively participating in the Network including the sharing of experiences with other members.

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Earlier this year, Sefton joined the UK Age Friendly Network and I am now delighted to also join a global network of cities and communities that are dedicated to creating environments that support our older residents.

“In Sefton, 27% of our residents are aged over 60 so it is extremely important that we continue to support our aging population with initiatives that help them to live the lives that they want to live.”

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