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Access to Work or Volunteering at The Open Golf

Sefton Community Learning are running a 4 day course specifically for events

 Contents of the Course will be 

Customer Service skills in Events

Employability skills including

Interview skills and applications

Level 1 or 2

in

First Aid or Food Hygiene

 

Starting on Monday 10th April 2017

At 53 Cambridge Road, Seaforth, L21 1EZ

Further courses will run weekly at various locations across Sefton

 To book a place and for further information

Call Kerry on 0151 934 4546

£3 million to improve journeys and safety at Switch Island

A total of £3 million is being invested to improve journeys and safety at one of the North West’s busiest motorway junctions.

Highways England has announced plans for major improvements to Switch Island in Merseyside, where the M57, M58 and 3 A roads all join together.

The scheme is being funded by the government’s £220 million congestion relief programme, which was announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling last month.

Construction work at the junction, which is used by over 90,000 vehicles every day, is expected to start next year.

The scheme is designed to improve the flow of traffic and enhance safety, following 49 collisions at the junction in the past 2 years.

New traffic lights will be installed at a height of over 5 metres – higher than HGVs and double-decker buses – so that drivers approaching the junction can clearly see when the lights are changing.

Other improvements will include changes to the road layout and lane markings, new barriers between carriageways, coloured high friction surfaces and better signs.

Bruce Parker, Asset Development Manager at Highways England, said:

“We’re delighted we’ve been able to secure funding from the government for this scheme, and can now carry out the detailed design and planning work before construction starts next year.

“The improvements we’re making at Switch Island will improve journeys and safety at the junction, benefitting the tens of thousands of drivers who travel through it every day.”

Jerry McConkey, Transportation and Highway Infrastructure Service Manager at Sefton Council, said:

“We’ve been working with Highways England and Merseyside Police over the last 12 months to investigate the issues at Switch Island and to develop these improvement proposals.

“It is great news that Highways England has secured this funding and we will continue working with them to improve the junction and make it safer for everyone using it.”

Tony Jones, Chief Inspector of Roads Policing at Merseyside Police, said:

“We welcome any improvements to the road infrastructure which assists drivers and makes the network safer for drivers and pedestrians.”

Four congestion relief schemes, worth £6.4 million, have already been announced in the North West, with a further £21 million set aside for other schemes in the region, including the Switch Island upgrade.

The four schemes will see improvements made to two junctions where the A595 meets the A66 in Cumbria, at Norcross roundabout on the A585 near Thornton-Cleveleys in Lancashire, and at junction 3 of the M55 near Kirkham in Lancashire.

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Thomas Drive, Liverpool L14 3PE

 Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital is holding a free public health information event on Cardiac Devices. 

Consultant Cardiologist Dr Jay Wright will give an easy to understand presentation on a range of cardiac devices including pacemakers, ICD and CRT defibrillators.

Find out more about:

  • Which patients need a pacemaker, ICD or CRT defibrillator device?
  • What do devices look and feel like?
  • How to live with a device.

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

Everyone is welcome including patients, families, carers, students and colleagues.

Our Election Information Open Evening is also taking place at 5.30 – 6.30pm before Cardiac Devices for anyone interested in becoming a Public Governor at LHCH for our Merseyside, Cheshire or North Wales constituencies.

To book your place at either of these events or for further information, please contact the LHCH Membership Office by emailing membership.office@lhch.nhs.uk or call 0151 600 1410, visit www.lhch.nhs.uk or follow us on Twitter @LHCHFT 

Our next events are:

  • Saturday 6 May, 10am-1pm, LHCH:  Annual Open Day
  • Wednesday 24 May, 7pm, Ramada Plaza Wrexham:  Diabetes

Cash Boost for Southport Pier

The Pier in Southport is set to benefit from a significant cash boost to make improvements to the popular tourist attraction. 

Sefton Council has secured an additional £2 million, thanks to an award from the coastal community fund, to carry out important repairs and maintenance on the oldest cast iron pier in the country. 

Planned works will include extensive structural repairs, improvements to the end pavilion, the creation of new retail units, easier access to the beach, and improvements to the railings on Marine Lake.  

The overall project will deliver over £2.9 million worth of improvements creating additional jobs, increasing visitor numbers and securing Southport Pier as a valued asset for many years to come.  

Phil Cresswell, Head of Regeneration and Housing, said: ‘We are delighted to have received this funding from the coastal community fund. The grant will allow us to deliver significant improvements with added features and attractions, along with better accessibility for more people to enjoy the Pier.  

“All of this will be supported by a comprehensive visitor welcome package that allows us to showcase the Pier as a main focal point of Southport.” 

The coastal community fund, managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government, is designed to support economic development of coastal communities by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs. Southport is one of 33 projects in England to receive funding at this stage. 

The Pier project is included as part of the Southport Development Framework, receiving this grant enables us to make a start and attract further inward investment, this shows that Sefton is open for business with a continued focus on growing the visitor economy.

Care at the Chemist scheme to continue

Health commissioners in Sefton have confirmed that following a recent review the Care at the Chemist scheme, available via community pharmacies, will continue from the 1st April 2017 although it will be available from fewer pharmacies. 

Pharmacists ordinarily and routinely provide health advice to their customers regardless of Care at the Chemist but the scheme additionally ensures residents have access to a range of medicines for minor illnesses for which they might otherwise consider a trip to the doctor.     

Medicines that are supplied to a patient as a result of their Care at the Chemist consultation are free for those who do not already pay for their prescriptions. All items available on the scheme are also available to buy over the counter.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, like many other CCGs, are required to make savings where possible but are keen to keep this valuable service where they can to help those residents who need it.

Following reviews of current services the CCGs have informed pharmacies that the consultation fee for the scheme will be reduced for 2017-18 which has led to a number of pharmacies choosing to no longer provide the additional  service. There will however be 14 pharmacies across Sefton who will continue to offer the service.

The range of medicines currently available is also being reviewed in order to make the scheme more efficient.

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “In this challenging financial climate we are having to make savings on many of our services but we do understand how valuable Care at the Chemist is, particularly for the borough’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities. We are therefore pleased to be able to support the pharmacies who voluntarily wish to offer this service to patients.”

Dr Andrew Mimnagh, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “We are still reminding people to use their pharmacy for health advice for minor illnesses. Whether it is through the Care at the Chemist scheme or not, pharmacists can offer you advice on a wide range of minor health conditions and offer medication to assist.” 

 

A full list of pharmacies offering Care at the Chemist as of 1st April 2017 can be found on each CCG web page below:

www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/care-at-the-chemist
www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/care-at-the-chemist

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