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Health experts in Sefton support antibiotic resistance campaign

Sefton residents are being asked to play their part in Public Health England’s new campaign to help keep antibiotics working.  

 An estimated 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections, so it’s important to take your doctors and nurses advice on antibiotics to keep them working.

 Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, fully supports the campaign. He said: “Antibiotics don’t work for everything. They don’t work for colds or flu and common conditions like kidney infections and pneumonia have started to become untreatable. When it comes to antibiotics, take your health professional’s advice.”

 NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are supporting the campaign alongside the council and have spent a number of years reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions to ensure that only the patients who really need them are prescribed them.

 Dr Anna Ferguson at the Strand Medical Centre in Bootle, said: “It is so important that people realise that antibiotics are not always the answer and that the more they are used to treat minor health conditions; the more likely they are to become ineffective for treating more serious conditions.

 “For minor illnesses such as coughs and colds your local pharmacy can advise you on which over the counter medicines can help. They can also speak to you about self care such as keeping warm during the winter months and looking after yourself and others around you should you become unwell.”  

 Dr Hilal Mulla, at The Corner Surgery in Southport, added: “We’ve done a lot of work already with the CCGs to explain to people that antibiotics are not always the answer but this campaign will hopefully add to this, helping GPs and pharmacists spread the word more and remind people about the risks of taking antibiotics when it’s not necessary.”

 Antibiotics help ward off infections during chemotherapy, cesarean sections and other surgery. They also treat serious bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis, but they are being used for everyday viral infections, where they are not effective. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.

Furthermore, if you take antibiotics, you are more likely to get an antibiotic resistant infection. This risk is even greater for children who have taken antibiotics.

 Public Health England, Sefton Council and the CCGs in Sefton are calling for the public to play their part in tackling the antibiotic resistance epidemic by trusting their doctor or nurse’s advice as to when they need antibiotics and if they are prescribed, taking antibiotics as directed and never saving them for later use or sharing with others.

 The campaign, which is part of a wider cross-government strategy to help preserve antibiotics, will run from Monday, October 23 across England for eight weeks and will be supported with advertising, partnerships with local pharmacies and GP surgeries and social media activity.

 For further information on antibiotic resistance visit the CCG website for your area: /  


Pregnant women in Sefton urged to get their flu jab

Pregnant women across the borough are being urged by Sefton Council, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG to make sure they get the flu jab this winter.

If you are pregnant, you are eligible for the flu vaccination free of charge. The flu jab is the safest way to protect you and your baby against flu. The flu vaccine reduces the risk of catching flu and of complications and potential harmful consequences for both mother and baby if you do catch the flu, such as premature birth and pneumonia. It also reduces the risk of your baby getting flu in the first few months of its life.

The flu vaccination is one of the most effective ways to reduce harm from flu as it reduces risk of serious illness, hospitalisation and even death among those who are most at risk – including expectant mothers.

Pregnancy naturally weakens the body’s immune system and as a result mothers may be less able to fight off infections, increasing the risk of becoming seriously ill as a result of flu.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member Health and Wellbeing, said: “Flu is a highly contagious illness that spreads rapidly. It can cause serious complications for at risk groups, such as expectant mothers and people with long term health conditions.

“The flu jab can be the last thing on people’s minds, especially expectant mums.

“However, while for many people flu is an unpleasant illness, for pregnant women it is extremely dangerous. My advice for anyone eligible for the free flu vaccination is to get it now before flu starts to circulate in the Sefton community.”

Laura Gibson, who works at the CCG’s in Sefton, said: “This is my first pregnancy and I think it’s so important to be vaccinated as it protects both me and my baby, It’s great that the NHS is offering the jab for free to pregnant women like me and that the vaccine is safe during any stage of pregnancy.”

Free flu vaccinations are being offered to all pregnant women, all children aged 2 to 4, residents of all ages with a long term health condition and everyone aged 65 and over. Most people who are eligible can get vaccinated at their local GP practice.

Dr Wendy Hewitt, clinical lead for children and maternity, NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, added: “You can have the flu vaccine at any point in your pregnancy and not only is it safe for you and your baby, it’ll reduce your chances of becoming seriously ill as a result of flu from things like pneumonia, premature birth or even miscarriage.

“The added advantage is that your baby will continue to be protected from flu for the first few months of their life. Talk to your GP or midwife if you have any questions and they’ll be happy to help.”


Grants available to help your community flourish

Do you have an idea that could benefit your community? Wonder how you could do something to support people’s wellbeing? Then Living Well Sefton, the local collaboration of wellbeing partners, could help.

It launched the third round of its Community Resilience Grant recently at the Sefton CVS conference and is particularly keen to hear from individuals who want to improve their local community.

Karen Nolan, co-ordinator of Living Well Sefton, explains: “We have grants of £500 for small projects that are designed to increase people’s wellbeing and our partners can support individuals to deliver these projects.”

Already several individuals have been successful in securing a £500 grant. These include Bim Bam, which provides a place for families who don’t speak English to socialise and build friendships.

Another Southport individual project is Art for Arts Sake which received £500 towards therapeutic art classes for older people where they could brush up on their painting skills as well as meet other people.

Karen adds: “If someone has an idea but is unsure of what organisation they need to approach as a support partner then they should contact us and we would be happy to discuss this.”

In addition, there are grants available to organisations working in partnership to improve health and wellbeing. The maximum grant available is £5,000 per partnership. Deadline for all applications is Friday, 17 November 2017.

The Living Well Sefton team is looking forward to receiving your application. For further details of the grant visit the website: call the team direct on 0300 323 0181 or email


Macmillan centre now hosting drop in sessions in Formby

The sessions are being held at Formby Library on the second Tuesday of every month from 1pm – 3pm and the next one is Tuesday 14th November. 

Helen Jones, Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager, said:

“We know it’s not always easy or convenient for Formby residents to pop into our Southport centre, so these drop ins at the village’s library provide an alternative for anyone wanting information or support about living with cancer.”    

The centre, a joint partnership set up by Macmillan and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), provides a free, confidential drop in service for anyone affected by cancer.

The centre is staffed by Macmillan information and support staff and trained volunteers, who are able to provide:

  • Literature and internet access on all aspects of living with cancer, including work and travel issues
  • The opportunity to talk to someone in a friendly environment, and advice on how to access emotional support
  • Help with accessing financial advice and grants
  • Information about practical help that is available
  • Information on living well, physical activity, relaxation and healthy eating
  • Support groups and a team of volunteers
  • Links with health and social care professionals

You can find the team at 20 Stanley Street, Southport, PR9 0BY or call them on 01704 533024.

For more information about the work of the Macmillan Information and Support Centre on Stanley Street in Southport, please visit the website:

Lakeside Bar and Bistro launches winter menu

The Lakeside Bar and Bistro at Crosby Lakeside has launched its brand new winter menu.

 The popular bistro offers a selection of dishes to be enjoyed for brunch, lunch and dinner and even has a menu dedicated to feeding those ‘hungry kids’.

 Located at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, the bistro offers stunning views out across the Sefton coastline.

 The new menu offers a range of brunch classics served until 11.30am including breakfast sandwiches, eggs benedict and American pancakes.

Diners can also enjoy two main courses for £15 on weekdays between 2.30pm and 4.30pm and with British, Italian and even Indian inspired dishes on offer there’s something for everyone.

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

“Situated on one of Sefton’s beauty spots, the Lakeside Bar and Bistro offers a great menu in a fantastic location.

 “Whatever the weather guests can enjoy views from inside the bistro or in finer weather, diners can relax and dine outdoors on the decking area while watching activities on the Lake”.

 Mike Woodruff, General Manager, at Crosby Lakeside added:

“At Lakeside Bar and  Bistro we offer mouth-watering food and drink at great prices.

“We ensure that our contemporary menus are of the highest quality and ingredients are locally sourced where possible, delivered fresh, daily, and prepared to order.

“I am excited about the launch of the new menu and can’t wait to hear what our guests think about it!”

In addition to the launch of the new menu Lakeside is also encouraging people to book in for its Christmas parties and with places going fast it is advised that party lovers act quickly.

Visit the website to find out more about the bistro and to see the new menu in full. 

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