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Has your child had the free flu vaccine?

Leading health figures at Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are encouraging parents to make sure their children receive their free flu vaccination.

 The free flu vaccine is available to those who are at risk of the more serious effects of flu, this includes young children aged 2 to 8.

 Parents with children in school years 1-3 will be asked for permission for them to receive the nasal spray vaccine at school.

 For children below school age, parents can get them vaccinated at their local GP practice free of charge.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“Young children are vulnerable to the serious effects of flu.

 “The flu vaccination is one of the most effective ways to reduce harm from flu and drastically reduces serious illness, hospitalisation and even death among those who are most at risk.

 “For this reason it is important that parents take steps to ensure that their children receive the flu vaccination.”

 Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health for Sefton and Knowsley, said:

“I strongly recommend that all those who are eligible for a free vaccination make sure they get it in order to protect themselves from the adverse effects of flu.

 “I will be having the vaccine again this year, and I am urging other people to do the same, to protect yourself, your families, and your community.”

 Free flu vaccinations are available to all pregnant women, all children aged 2 to 4, children in years 1-3 at school and residents of all ages with a long term health condition and everyone aged 65 and over.

 The flu virus is very unpredictable and, some years, flu causes more sickness than others because new strains emerge and spread. This is why it is really important for people eligible for a free flu vaccination to get it every year.

 Dr Andy Mimnagh, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, added:

“Anyone of any age with an existing health condition, like asthma or diabetes should get vaccinated, even if they generally feel healthy and well. This is because a dose of flu can greatly worsen their condition and make complications like pneumonia more likely.”

 Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:

“Carers are also eligible for a free flu jab as well as those they look after.

 “If you’re not sure if you’re eligible, or if you have any questions about getting vaccinated, simply contact your GP practice or pharmacy and ask for advice.”

 You can find a wide range of information about the annual flu immunisation campaign at and if you have any queries about whether you or someone you care for should have the vaccine simply ask at your GP practice or pharmacy.

Chance to take part in health survey

Sefton Councils’s Public Health team is working in partnership with Healthwatch Sefton to encourage as many Sefton residents as possible to complete a survey as part of the NHS Health Check programme.

This is a national programme which aims to check for early signs of heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, Type 2 diabetes or dementia.

The survey data will help to improve the programme and so Sefton’s Public Health team want to hear from local people to evaluate Sefton’s NHS health checks.

Already many people have submitted their comments via the online survey but there is still time to register yours. Click on this link to take you to the survey which closes at the end of November:

If you have any queries about the survey then please contact the Healthwatch Sefton team on 0800 206 1304 / 0151 920 0726 ext 214 or email:


Well Sefton lights up Oriel Road’s underpass

The Oriel Road rail underpass, in Bootle, has undergone a major transformation thanks to the collaborative work of Sefton Council, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and Safe Regeneration.

 Forming part of the Well Sefton project, which aims to create a better Bootle, the regeneration aimed to breathe new life into the underpass which had fallen into a state of disrepair.

 Well Sefton is a collaborative programme that is working to improve the health and wellbeing of the people living and working in Bootle by creating a vibrant and connected community, living in a more pleasant environment.

 The collaboration is made up of Sefton Council, Safe Regeneration, Regenerus, YKids, Sefton CVS and the South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group.

 Volunteers from Safe Regeneration joined forces with service users from Mersey Care’s substance misuse service, Ambition Sefton, to revamp the public walkway between Oriel Road and Canal Street.

 The volunteer team cleaned and stripped graffiti from the tunnel walls before repainting and decorating with unique designs under the expert direction of Stella Lang, creative artist at Safe Regeneration.

 Each piece of artwork tells a story and shares an experience of the volunteers and artists involved in the project.

 Sefton Council’s highways maintenance department ensured that repairs were made to lighting and drainage systems.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“The work to transform the underpass is truly outstanding and it will certainly help to create a safer community, especially for those who use the walkway.

 “I would like to thank the council’s highways maintenance team for ensuring all repairs were made and of course all of the wonderful volunteers from Safe Regeneration and Mersey Care for their fantastic work.”

 Joe Rafferty, chief executive at Mersey Care, added:

“This project is a terrific example of small scale inter-agency activity that makes an immediate difference.

“Local artists have smarted up and created stunning designs in what was, to be fair, a dark and intimidating railway underpass. 

“The underpass provides a much needed route to Ambition Sefton on Canal Street and thanks to the transformation, service users now have a safer path into treatment.” 

 Brian Dawe, CEO at Safe Regeneration, said:

“SAFE Regeneration has been delighted to work in partnership with Sefton Council and Mersey Care to transform a dark, threatening area into a light, welcoming walkway.

“The spectacular result is a true work of art and a real tribute to all those involved, showing what we can all do together to make a positive improvement to our community!” 

3G sports pitches are coming to Dunes Splashworld

Building work is underway to bring four 3G artificial sports pitches to Dunes Splashworld in Southport.

 Due for completion in Spring 2018, the state of the art pitches are set to open up a world of sporting opportunities in Southport and across the wider borough.

 The all-weather pitches will be completely enclosed and will come complete with floodlights so games will be fully lit and can be played without interruptions.

 While the pitches are the perfect size for a game of 5 a-side football, they can be booked out for any sports activities that would usually take place on grass.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“It’s fantastic news that the new sports pitches are officially in the works.

 “This greatly expands the leisure facilities on offer in Sefton and I’m excited to see how the Southport community will make the most of the new opportunities the sports pitches present.”

 Mike Riley, senior operations manager at Dunes Splashworld, added:

“The pitches will mark an exciting expansion here at Dunes Splashworld and will add to our extensive leisure facilities that already include a 25m pool, market leading gym facilities and of course an indoor water park.

 “Dunes Splashworld is a community focused leisure centre and the new pitches will create even more ways for us to bring people together to lead a healthier lifestyle.”

 Contractors Bernhards Sports Surfaces will be carrying out the work.  

 Bookings are already open for March 2018. To make a booking call 01704 537160 or email

Tell us your thoughts on NHS Health Checks

The NHS Health Check programme is a national programme designed to identify early signs of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, type 2-diabetes or dementia and to help find ways for individuals to lower their risk. 

Local authorities across England are required to provide local Health Checks for all eligible patients aged 40-74 who are not known to have a long term condition. 

We want to hear from local residents and Patient Participation Groups (PPG), and will use feedback to improve the service.  Closing date for this survey is the end of November 2017. Fill in the survey here.

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