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Kick high sugar drinks and junk food into touch!

Sefton’s Director for Public Health has backed a campaign to kick high sugar drinks and junk food into touch!

Matthew Ashton, Director of Public Health for Knowsley and Sefton, is one of 58 health experts who has supported a campaign to protect children from food and drinks that are high in fat, sugar and salt, promoted through football across the UK.

The campaign is led by Healthy Stadia and Sugar Smart and aims to tackle the issue of childhood obesity as well as tooth decay.

Many football associations, leagues and some football clubs partner with companies known for products containing high fat, sugar and salt, so health experts have now joined forces to help address this important issue.

Other supporters to the campaign include representatives working in sports development, dental health, sustainability, social housing and the media.

All 58 experts signed a letter which was sent last week to English football clubs, UK National Football Associations, UK league operators and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

Whilst a response is awaited, further work will continue around raising awareness of the health harms such products cause on children and young people’s health.

This includes swapping sugary fizzy drinks or sugary squash for water, lower-fat milk or no added sugar cordial, along ditching the takeaway and cooking meals from scratch – that way you know exactly what is in it!

In addition, an e-petition has also been developed and children, parents and schools are encouraged to support the campaign. You can read more and sign the petition here.

Changes to NHS Health Checks

The way that NHS Health Checks are available in Sefton is changing from April.

Your free NHS Health Check will now be done by staff from Active Lifestyles and Living Well Sefton.

If you’re aged 40 to 74 you may be eligible for a free NHS Health Check, which is a great way to get personalised advice on keeping yourself healthy and active.

It checks that some of your body’s most important systems are all running smoothly and it helps to spot any potential problems before they cause real damage.

Your blood pressure, cholesterol and BMI will all be checked.

There are some things that you can’t change – like your age, ethnicity or family history, but the most important factors on your future health – such as your weight, cholesterol level and blood pressure – can be changed.

After your NHS Health Check you’ll be given advice and support to helps you improve your health; including free and easier access to local activities you might want to take up to keep yourself happy, healthy and active.

To book your free NHS Health Check ring 0151 934 2352 or you can access any of the sessions available locally in various venues throughout Sefton.

Hatisfaction guaranteed at specialist dementia day service

It was hats off to some high-quality headgear when staff at a specialist Southport day service for people with dementia organised an Easter bonnet competition for clients at the weekend.

The competition at Brookdale Resource Centre in Ainsdale – run by leading Sefton adult social care provider, New Directions – was the centrepiece of a range of Easter-themed activities.

The contest attracted a wide variety of creative entries, with prizes being awarded to the top hat-trick of designs.

Elsewhere, there was a special Easter afternoon tea with live entertainment provided by popular Southport-based singer Kate Roberts.

Kate’s varied repertoire of musical memories perfectly complemented the seasonal fayre served by staff to service users and their guests, which included a range of delicious Easter cakes.

Brookdale Service Manager, Salwa Moustafa, commented: “Our staff put a lot of time and effort into our Easter activities this year and I’m delighted at how they turned out, and the many positive comments we have received.

“Along with a very enjoyable performance from our talented singer, an Easter egg for every service user and the special Easter cards they made for their families, it all added up to a great way to celebrate this special time of year.”

Brookdale Resource Centre enables the carers of service users with advanced dementia to have an important respite break.

Clients enjoy a wide range of activities at the centre including arts and crafts, sensory stimulation and music and reminiscence therapies.

* For more information about Brookdale Resource Centre contact Salwa Moustafa on 01704 571026.

Important pharmacy & walk-in centre opening times throughout Easter

Examine your Options and see opening times below for local pharmacies and walk-in centres over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend 2018. 

Visit your pharmacist for confidential, expert advice and treatment of minor health issues. 

You can also pick up over the counter medicines from your pharmacist to treat common conditions such as:

  • Headaches
  • Fevers
  • Sore throats
  • Coughs
  • Indigestion

Your pharmacist will be happy to advise if you’re not sure.

A full list of pharmacies and walk-in Centres in Sefton is available here

Simply drop in to one of the centres and receive treatment for illnesses you can’t treat yourself – there’s no need for an appointment

Litherland Walk-in Centre
Open from 8am to 8pm every day of the year, including Good Friday and Easter Monday

Litherland Town Hall, Hatton Hill Road, L21 9JN

Tel: 0151 475 4667

Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre
Open 8am to 8pm, Good Friday to Easter Monday.

116-118 The Concourse, Skelmersdale, WN8 6LJ

Tel: 01695 588 640

West Lancashire Urgent Care Centre
Open from 8am to 8pm, Good Friday to Easter Monday.

Ormskirk Hospital, Wigan Road, Ormskirk, L39 2AZ

Tel: 01695 588 800

June opening date confirmed for new Maghull North station

Residents of Maghull will benefit from better links to the local rail network from June 2018 after the opening date for the new station in the town was confirmed.

The first services, operated by Merseyrail, will run from the new Maghull North station from the morning of Monday 18th June.

The opening date was confirmed as the first of several community projects involving local groups and schools was unveiled at the station site – artwork designed by local school children.

A number of schools in the Maghull area have come together to produce community artwork to help brighten up the station site. Seven schools, both primary and secondary, from the Maghull area took part in the project, which was unveiled along the site hoardings on School Lane last Friday (16th March).

Students from Maghull High, Deyes High School, St Andrew’s Primary, St Georges Primary, St Gregory’s, St Thomas Primary and Summerhill Primary schools showed off their artistic talents for the project, covering a wide range of subjects from butterflies and trains to the Three Graces and other landmarks within the Liverpool City Region.

After the unveiling Rob Grey from Network Rail gave the students a presentation about the work involved in building a new station, the jobs and skills that are needed to work in the rail industry and railway safety. This was followed by a question and answer session.

A number of other community projects are planned for the new station, including a time capsule prepared by a local school and display boards covering the history of the former nearby pioneering Moss Side Hospital.

 

Councillor Gordon Friel, Lead Member for Rail on Transport Committee of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said: “The new Maghull North station will be of huge benefit to local residents when it opens in June, giving more travel options while playing a big part in helping the on-going development of the area in the coming years.

“This fantastic art project involving local schools is a great example of the community getting involved and will help to bring a bit of colour to the new station site.

“There are a number of other community-based projects planned for the station and we would encourage local residents to get involved and give their support in the coming months.”

Andy Heath, Managing Director of Merseyrail said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming Maghull North station on to the Merseyrail network. These investments, including the new fleet project, are really enhancing rail services for local people.

“Maghull North will make our rail network much more accessible for those living nearby and it’s great to see the station already becoming part of the community with the artwork that has been created by local schools.”

Rob Grey, Network Rail project manager for the scheme, said: “The new Maghull North station forms part of a massive £340m railway investment in the Liverpool City Region. This major investment is about boosting connectivity and capacity – making room for new, longer trains, with more space for passengers.

“It has been fantastic working with local schools to create the new artwork which will be enjoyed by Maghull North station passengers for decades to come. We look forward to future projects with the local community before the station officially opens in June this year.”

Sally Ralston, Merseyrail Corporate and Social Responsibility Manager, said: “We approached the schools and asked the children what they would like to see at the new station.

“We gave them a blank canvas to produce what they wanted for the project and were delighted with the quality and quantity of work that came back.”

June Burns, Mayor of Maghull said “It was an absolute pleasure to attend the event and meet all of the children who have helped brighten up what is currently a construction site.

“I would encourage mums, dads, grandparents, brothers, sisters and the wider community to come along and have a look at the display on School Lane”

 

The new Maghull North station will be located just off School Lane next to the former Ashworth Hospital site, between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line.

The station forms a key piece of infrastructure in the Sefton Local Plan, supporting local public transport demand from a nearby new housing development that will include 370 homes, with more homes planned for the area in the near future.

It also forms part of the wider £340m investment of rail improvements across the Liverpool City Region over the next three years, and sits within the wider Great North Rail Project to transform train travel across the North.

Facilities at the new station will include:-

  • Staffed station building and ticket office with passenger toilet.
  • Passenger waiting facilities on the platforms.
  • Step-free access with lifts and a bridge to, from and between both platforms and the station building.
  • 156-space car park with blue badge and motorcycle parking facilities, as well as cycle storage.
  • Pedestrian and cycle routes from School Lane and Park Lane to the station, and bus stops on School Lane.
  • Future provision for electric vehicle charging points.

The £13m scheme is being funded through the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF), Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which previously owned the land on which the station will be built. Network Rail is building the station, which will be operated by Merseyrail.

More details on the scheme can be found on the Merseytravel website at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/MaghullNorth

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