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Take control of your health this New Year

After all the indulgence of the festive season, health professionals and Sefton Council are encouraging you get the New Year off to the right start by taking better control of your health.

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are reminding you about the number of great resources available to people living in Sefton who are looking to make positive changes to their lifestyle.

Living Well Sefton enables people to make small changes to their lives that can have a big impact on their wellbeing. It offers individual and group support around a broad range of issues, from eating better and being more active, to managing debt.

Anne-Marie Morrison, Living Well Sefton assistant manager, explains: “Together with our partners we encourage people to make healthy lifestyle choices including stopping smoking, learning healthy cooking, taking up new hobbies and meeting new friends.”

All Sefton residents are eligible and can self refer via the website or by calling 0300 323 0181.

Fiona Taylor, chief officer for NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “It is a good idea to take a break from drinking during January. People tend to drink a lot more in the run up to Christmas due to all the get-togethers and Christmas parties. Even if you are staying within the recommended intake, drinking most days of the week – no matter how much – can have bad effects on your physical and mental health. 

“Persistent alcohol misuse can lead to heart disease, stroke, liver disease and liver cancer among other things. I would encourage you to take part in Dry January and start your New Year off on the right foot. The first few days will be hard, but it will get easier as you go along.” 

Visit the One You website for tips and guidance about drinking less and a range of lifestyle advice.

Sefton Council’s Smokefree Sefton service can also support people that are trying to stop smoking. The programme provides behavioural support combined with up to 12 weeks’ worth of products to help you quit smoking.

For more information on Smokefree Sefton visit the website.


Sefton’s adult social care service shortlisted for national award

Sefton’s Supported Living Service is a finalist in the Health and Social Care category at the 2020 LGC Awards.

The service has been shortlisted thanks to its innovative Individual Service Fund (ISF) Model which has given local people with learning disabilities more control over their own lives and a greater choice of how they’d like to receive their care.

The ISF model was developed by Sefton Council in partnership with NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG as a way to improve outcomes for people in need of complex care. This came as a result of a review undertaken by the Council, the CCGs and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust which explored how services that provided housing and support provisions for people with learning disabilities could be improved.

Sefton has been shortlisted out of a record number of 700 entries to this year’s LGC Awards which celebrate outstanding practice and cutting-edge innovations in Local Government.

Deborah Butcher, Sefton Council’s Interim Director for Adult Social Care, said: “The ISF Model has really revolutionised how we offer care to people with learning disabilities in Sefton. This will enable more people to live better lives for longer and give them greater control over how they’d like to be supported.”

Cllr Paul Cummins, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “This is a brilliant example of the power of partnership work and I am delighted that it has been recognised on a national level.”

Fiona Taylor, chief officer for both CCGs in Sefton, said: “We’ve designed this pioneering model of care together with the people with learning disabilities who are supported by it and their advocates, so it’s fantastic that our partnership has been nominated for such a prestigious award.”

Nick Golding, LGC Editor, said: “The councils that have been shortlisted for an LGC Award are among the most innovative – and their innovation helps provide the best services for residents, despite local government facing ongoing financial constraint.

“The officers and councillors of shortlisted councils deserve enormous credit for thinking of new ways to deliver the best services, ensuring vital services thrive, benefiting everyone who uses them.”

Find the complete shortlist list here:

Help us help you to stay well this winter

With Christmas just around the corner, health experts in Sefton are urging local patients to make sure they’re fully prepared should they become unwell in the holiday season. 

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG want to make sure residents know the steps they can take and which services to use should they become unwell.  

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG says: “All GP practices in Sefton will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. However, if you need urgent care or advice over the festive period, the NHS is here to help you. 

“For minor illnesses, you can see your local pharmacist who can offer you medical advice and over the counter remedies. Pharmacists will be happy to assist you there and then, with a free consultation.” 

Some pharmacies in Sefton are open on the bank holidays and walk-in centres continue to operate too. You can find out which pharmacies closest to you will be open, along with walk-in centre times by visiting the CCGs’ websites. 

If you have an urgent medical concern and you’re not sure what to do you can call NHS 111 or go to: It’s available 24 hours a day, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day and they can arrange for you to see a doctor out of hours when your practice is closed.  

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, adds: “As well as NHS 111, there are other services available over the holidays, including extra GP appointments you can book on weekday evenings and at weekends.” 

Patients in Sefton have access to a range of non-urgent, routine, pre-bookable, appointments with GPs, practice nurses and medical specialists of an evening and at weekends. Your GP practice can offer more information about this service. 

Rob added: “I would also encourage people that have repeat prescriptions to ensure that they have enough medication to last through the holiday period but remember not to over order.”  

We recommend having the following items in your medicine cabinet at home to help you deal with minor ailments such as coughs, colds and sore throats: 

  • Painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol
  • Antihistamines for allergies
  • Indigestion remedies 
  • A first aid kit. 

For more information on what you can do to stay well this winter and your pharmacy opening times, please visit: or  

Southport and Formby pharmacy opening times 

  Christmas Day Boxing Day New Year’s Day 2020
Asda Pharmacy
Central 12 Shopping Park, Derby Road, Southport, PR9 0TY01704 502 250
Closed Closed 10:00am – 5:00pm
Boots Pharmacy
Unit 3, Central 12 Shopping Park, Derby Road, Southport, PR9 0TQ01704 536 937
Closed 9:00am – 6:00pm 9:00am – 6:00pm
Boots Pharmacy
31-39 Chapel Street, Southport,
PR8 1AH01704 533 907
Closed 08:30am – 5:30pm Closed
Boots Pharmacy,
34 Shakespeare Street, Southport,
PR8 5AB01704 532 326
10:00am-12:00pm Closed Closed
Cambridge Road Pharmacy, 137 Cambridge Road, Inside Churchtown Medical Centre, Southport, PR9 7LT

01704 227 065

2:00pm to 4:00pm Closed Closed
Lloyds Pharmacy (Sainsburys store)
St Georges Place, Lord Street, Southport, PR9 0AF01704 512 275
Closed 9:00am to 5:00pm 9:00am to 5:00pm
Rowlands Pharmacy,
15 Chapel Lane, Formby, Liverpool
L37 4DL01704 872 009
12:00pm-1:00pm 12:00pm-1:00pm Closed
Ryders Chemist,
41 Old Town Lane, Formby,
L37 3HJ01704 872 173
Closed Closed 12:00pm-1:00pm


South Sefton pharmacy opening times 

  Christmas Day Boxing Day New Year’s Day 2020
Asda Pharmacy
Ormskirk Road, Aintree
L10 3LN0151 520 4410
Closed 8:30am-10:00pm 10:00am-5:00pm
Asda Pharmacy
81 Strand Road, Bootle, Liverpool, L20 4BB0151 955 4110
Closed 9:00am to 6:00pm 10:00am to 5:00pm
Boots Pharmacy
Aintree Racecourse Retail Park, Ormskirk Road, L9 5AN0151 523 7349
Closed 9:00am to 5:00pm Closed
Boots Pharmacy
24-26 Liverpool Road, Crosby,
Liverpool, L23 5SF0151 924 4338
12:00pm-2:00pm Closed Closed
Bridge Road Chemist,
54-56 Bridge Road, Litherland,
Liverpool, L21 6PH0151 920 6361
12:00pm-2:00pm Closed Closed
Cohens Chemist,
17 Bridge Road, Crosby,
Liverpool, L23 6SA0151 924 3209
2:00pm-4:00pm Closed Closed
Cohens Chemist,
12-13 Marian Square, Glovers Lane, Netherton, Liverpool, L30 5QA0151 525 9541
12:00pm-2:00pm Closed Closed
Drakes Pharmacy,
1A Aintree Road, Bootle,
Liverpool, L20 9DL0151 944 1007
2:00pm-4:00pm Closed Closed
Lydiate Pharmacy
28 Lydiate Road, L31 2LZ0151 526 3897
10:00am-12:00pm Closed Closed




One Vision Housing unveil 23 affordable new homes in Southport

One Vision Housing (OVH), part of The Sovini Group, is delighted to unveil 23 affordable new homes in the popular area of Southport.

Featuring a collection of eight houses and 15 flats, the new Southport scheme supports OVH’s regeneration agenda by providing much needed affordable housing solutions to the area.

Built to a high specification by The Sovini Group’s building company, Carroll Build, these homes have been designed and constructed with modern living in mind. Additionally, flats within the development have been purpose built for accessibility with lift access available to each floor and wet room installations in select units.

Formerly the site of a derelict pub, this development’s Victorian-style respects the local character and enhances the overall street scene setting.

Ian Mitchell, Managing Director, One Vision Housing said:

“We are thrilled to announce the completion of 23 new build homes in Southport. This new development is part of our ongoing commitment to build thriving, inclusive communities.”

After receiving an extraordinary amount of interest via Property Pool Plus, all homes were allocated within 24 hours of handover. Here’s what one OVH customer had to say about their new home:

“I’m absolutely made up with this home. Not only is it affordable, and the perfect size for my family, but the area is ideal with lots of local shops and transportation nearby. The community is fabulous and I really couldn’t have asked for anything more from One Vision Housing.”

More homes are on the way from One Vision Housing with the promise of 1,100 new homes across Sefton and surrounding areas by 2021. Visit for more information.

Give what you can this December in Sefton

 Sefton’s successful Year of Friendship is drawing to a close and we’re excited to announce that the final theme for December is ‘Giving’.

For many people in Sefton, the festive period can be especially difficult so we want to encourage as many people as possible to do what they can to offer a token of friendship whether it’s by donating to a foodbank, supporting the Mayors Toy Appeal or even joining in on Sefton 4 Good’s Christmas Jumper Day.

There are lots of collections and awareness days taking place throughout December and there are opportunities to get involved in lots of different things across the borough. Local people are encouraged to give what they can, even if it’s just signposting someone to a helpful group or service.

Here are a few of the things you can support this month across Sefton:

Sefton 4 Good’s Christmas Jumper Day

Sefton 4 Good is encouraging people from a across to Sefton to wear a Christmas Jumper to work on Friday, 13 December.

Donations are welcomed and all funds raised will support the Sefton 4 Good Grant Pot which helps local causes in Sefton.

To donate to Sefton 4 Good you can text ‘SEFTON’ followed by the amount to 70085.

The Mayor’s Toy Appeal

You can make Christmas extra special for some of Sefton’s vulnerable children by getting behind the Mayor’s Christmas Toy appeal.

New gifts unwrapped for children of all ages, can be taken to either Bootle, Maghull or Southport Town Halls or dropped off at any Sefton Council library or leisure centre by Wednesday, 18 December. Gift tokens are particularly welcome to be given to older children.

All presents will then be distributed to children and young people throughout the borough by volunteers from Sefton Council and Sefton Children’s Trust on behalf of the Mayor.

For further information on the Mayor’s Christmas Gift Appeal please call 07837863075.

Sefton Food Bank Network- Reverse Advent Calendar

Residents are encouraged to support Sefton’s Food banks this festive period and this year Sefton food banks have launched a Reverse Advent Calendar which encourages more people to give, rather than receive, this Christmas.

The calendar gives a suggested donation for each day of the Advent and includes essential items like tinned tomatoes, tinned potatoes, instant mash and tinned fruit as well as toiletries and Christmas items like chocolate, nuts, stuffing and gravy.

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