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Don’t jeopardize next lockdown easing by ignoring COVID rules warning

With just over week to go until the Government’s next planned easing of lockdown measures, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health Margaret Jones is urging people across the Borough not to jeopardize it by ignoring the rules.


She said: “Recent reports of a 30 per cent-plus rise in new coronavirus infections in Sefton, and the recent closure of Formby pool after cases were linked to the facility, are a stark reminder that the coronavirus is still in the Borough.

“It is vital that if we are going to continue local and national progress back to the kinds of normal life we all want to see, we continue to take the precautions that keep us and others safe.

“If you have the coronavirus symptoms of a new continuous cough, a fever or a loss of smell or taste, you are infectious and must self-isolate and book a test by calling 119 or visiting

“If you don’t you are putting friends and family at risk and helping the spread of COVID.

“And we all need to continue social distancing, mask-wearing and frequent and thorough handwashing, which are all key elements of staying safe.”


Mrs Jones went on to remind people about the need to take rapid COVID-19 tests, also known as a Lateral Flow Tests (LFT), twice a week.

She continued: “Around third of people with the COVID-19 virus are not showing any symptoms, so it’s important that all of us who are out at work or just out and about take a rapid test twice a week.

“Anyone who gets a positive result from a rapid test needs to self isolate and book a PCR test that can confirm the result straight away.

“Also, I would ask people to use the NHS Covid-19 app on their phones to record their rapid test results, both negative and positive, as this helps give us a clearer picture of local infection rates and helps us anticipate and prevent outbreaks.”


Rapid tests for people without coronavirus symptoms usually provide a result in around 30 minutes. Rapid testing involves taking a throat & nasal swab, dropping the sample into the container supplied and then checking the result after 20 to 30 minutes.

Rapid test kits can be collected from Bootle Town Hall and Splash World in Southport from 8am-8pm seven days a week. No appointments are needed.


Kits can also be collected between 2.30pm and 8pm, seven days a week, from walk-through Local Test Centres opposite Bootle Town Hall and at Crosby Library Car Park, Netherton Activity Centre and Southport Town Hall. No appointments are needed.

They are available from all Sefton’s pharmacies and they can be ordered online at

People can also choose to have assisted testing at one of Sefton’s SMART test sites, which are also open 8am to 8pm seven days a week and located at Bootle Leisure Centre and at Splash World in Southport.

Anyone who gets a positive result from a rapid test must self-isolate for 10 days and immediately book a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting .F

Find out more about coronavirus testing in Sefton. 

Litherland Walk-in Centre patients urged to use telephone appointment system

Litherland Walk-In Centre
Litherland Walk-In Centre

Patients of Litherland Walk-in Centre are being reminded they need to make an appointment.

People wanting to see someone at the Centre should call the telephone triage and appointment system on 0151 475 4667.

If they turn up without one, they cannot be seen that day or will have to wait outside as the waiting rooms are no longer in use..

This is to comply with Government advice around social distancing and maintain safety.

Litherland Walk-in Centre still has two separate treatment areas:

  • The Field Lane entrance remains closed and only potential Covid-19 patients will be able to enter and exit the main walk-in centre entrance in Field Lane. *Please note the walk-in centre does not offer Covid tests.
  • Patients who don’t have Covid-19 symptoms but are acutely unwell or attending for minor ailments, injuries or dressings, will be seen and treated in another part of Litherland Town Hall, accessed from the Hatton Hill end of the building.

All patients book an appointment in advance so assessment and treatment can be directed to the correct site by experienced staff. This will help ensure the safety of patients and staff.

Find out more. 

May coronavirus testing facilities across Sefton for those with symptoms

One again in May, drive-through Mobile Testing Units will be available across the Borough. These sites are for people with symptoms – a new persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell – and can be booked by calling 119 or visiting .

Planned dates and sites may be subject to change if testing is required in other locations:

Dates and locations for May 2021

  • Saturday 1 Ainsdale
  • Sunday 2 Southport
  • Monday 3 Southport
  • Tuesday 4 Litherland
  • Wednesday 5 Litherland
  • Thursday 6 Litherland
  • Saturday 8 Ainsdale
  • Sunday 9 Ainsdale
  • Monday 10 Ainsdale
  • Tuesday 11 Litherland
  • Wednesday 12 Litherland
  • Thursday 13 Ainsdale
  • Saturday 15 Southport
  • Sunday 16 Southport
  • Monday 17 Southport
  • Tuesday 18 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Wednesday 19 Ainsdale
  • Thursday 20 Litherland
  • Friday 21 Litherland
  • Saturday 22 Southport
  • Sunday 23 Southport
  • Tuesday 25 Ainsdale
  • Wednesday 26 Ainsdale
  • Thursday 27 Litherland
  • Friday 28 Litherland
  • Saturday 29 Ainsdale
  • Sunday 30 Southport
  • Monday 31 Southport

Walk-through test centres

In addition, local walk-through test centres are open every day from 8am to 8pm, providing easy access to COVID-19 tests for people who do not have access to a car and for those who have symptoms and should not travel by public transport.

The four local test centres are located at:

  • Bootle Town Hall, L20 7AA
  • Crosby Library Car Park, Haigh Road, L22 OLQ
  • Netherton Activity Centre, Glovers Land, L30 3TL
  • Southport Town Hall, PR8 1DA

Those with symptoms wanting tests, need to book ahead of going to either the walk-through or drive-through sites. It’s quick and easy to book by calling 119 or going online at

SMART testing and home tests

People can get rapid SMART COVID-19 tests from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week at Bootle Leisure Centre, Bootle Town Hall and at Southport’s Splash World.

And, home test kits are widely available, from test centres, from all Sefton’s pharmacies as well as online from

SMART and rapid tests provide a result in as little as 30 minutes. A rapid test at home involves taking a throat & nasal swab, dropping the sample into the container supplied and then checking for the result after 20 to 30 minutes.


It is important that anyone who gets a positive result from a rapid test or who develops coronavirus symptoms begins self-isolates for 10 days and immediately books a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting A negative result from a PCR tests means they can stop self-isolating.

Eligible individuals who test positive are entitled to the £500 Test and Trace Support Payment in the same way as a regular swab test through NHS Test and Trace.

Local health services and advice available over the May Bank Holiday

Sefton’s GPs are reminding residents know how they can get support and medical advice over the coming May Bank Holiday weekend.

People who need urgent NHS care across Sefton are being asked to call NHS 111. The service is staffed by trained professionals and clinicians, who can direct people to the most appropriate health service.


Local pharmacies, walk-in centres and seven-day GP services will be available to see patients. However, people are being asked to check opening times and whether they need to book an appointment before they go. People can also collect home coronavirus test kits for people without symptoms from any Sefton pharmacy.

Detailed information on health services including pharmacy times over the weekend are available from:

People can find Twitter updates at @NHSSSCCG or @NHSSFCCG on Twitter.

Still available

Dr Pete Chamberlain, GP and chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “The NHS is here for people that need it. If you or anyone you care for is unwell over the bank holiday weekend, local health services are still available.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “NHS 111 will advise you how to safely manage your condition at home, or direct you to the right health service for your needs, which may include a local walk-in centre, GP practice, pharmacy or hospital.

“If you are assessed as needing to attend a hospital, you will get a timed appointment at a hospital emergency department. In a medical emergency such as loss of consciousness, stroke or serious injury, you should always call 999.”

Repeat prescriptions

In addition, people are being reminded to order their repeat prescriptions on time to ensure they have the medication they need.

Dr Chamberlain says: “If you do need medication for a long-term condition don’t leave it too late to order your repeat prescription. Your local pharmacy can also offer you expert advice on a wide range of everyday health concerns if you or a loved one needs it. You can also find trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions on and the NHS app which provides secure access to a range of NHS services.”


Last week to sign up for Sefton’s free Junior Membership offer, worth £80

Ninth green at Bootle Golf Course

Under-16s have until the end of the week to take advantage of Green Sefton’s free, one-year, Junior membership offer, worth £80.

Year’s free play

If they sign up before the end of Friday, Under-16s can take advantage of a year’s free play at Sefton Council’s Bootle and Southport courses.

To qualify, Under-16s must register at the Bootle Golf Club or Southport Golf Links shops. They need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must provide proof of age.

In addition to this offer, green fees at the two courses have been frozen or the second year running.

Prices frozen

This means adult prices start from just £13 with Twilight Tickets from only £8.50. Twilight green start at 4pm at Bootle and at Southport with a further reduction at Southport from 6pm. Over 60s can play for £9 Monday to Friday.

A round for young people aged up to 16 is just £8. Or nothing if they take advantage of the free membership offer this week.


Costs for 12 months’ play with a contract also remain frozen and start from just £110. Unlike some other clubs, if a further national lockdown has to be implemented, contracts will, once again, frozen so that members do not lose out.

To protect players and staff, card payments are preferred at both courses.

Driving range

At Bootle, work is underway to build a new, 10-bay driving range, but it is not affecting play.

Due to open late this year, the new driving range will include practice facilities and a dedicated coaching bay. Floodlights will mean players can practise during the evening and during the winter months.

Find out more about Sefton Council’s golfing facilities. 

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