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NHS is here over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend

Health leaders at NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport & Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are reassuring residents that the NHS is here should they urgently need it over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Although GP practices in Sefton will be closed over the Bank Holiday, there are services and online support available to help people that need urgent same-daycare or treatment.

Some community pharmacies in the area may be open on Bank Holiday Monday – people should check their local pharmacy’s website for details.

NHS 111 can be contacted 24 hours a day, either online or by phone. Callers will be assessed, given advice, and directed straightaway to the local service that can best meet their needs, including Sefton’s local GP out-of-hours team.

For minor illnesses or injuries, Litherland Walk-in Centre is open from 8am until 8pm over the Bank Holiday but people should call the Centre on 0300 100 1004 before going along.

More about Litherland Walk-in Centre.

Patients can also seek medical advice at the West Lancashire Walk-in Centre and the Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre. Both centres are open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm, including Bank Holidays. Patients wishing to go to the Skelmersdale Walk-in Clinic need to call in advance to book an appointment, on 01695 402180.

More about the West Lancashire Walk-in Centre.

More about the Skelmersdale Walk-in Centre.

Anyone with Covid-19 (coronavirus) symptoms – a high temperature or a new, continuous cough and/or loss of taste or smell – who needs medical advice, should use the dedicated NHS 111 COVID-19 service online at www.111.nhs.uk/COVID-19.

Online Book of Remembrance launched at St Paul’s Cathedral

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way mourn our loved ones; altering the way we say goodbye.

Tragically, members of our community in Sefton have died of coronavirus over the last two months and these people ought to be honoured and remembered.

 

Today, St Paul’s Cathedral are launching ‘Remember Me’, an online book of remembrance for all those who have died as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. People of any faith or none are invited to contribute to Remember Me.

 

From Friday 22 May 2020, family, friends or carers of those who have died can submit, free of charge, the name, photograph and a short message in honour of a deceased person via the Remember Me website.

 

The initiative is being supported by HRH The Prince of Wales and it is intended that there will be a physical Remember Me memorial at St Paul’s Cathedral in the future. In addition to this, the choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral have recorded a special anthem for the book of remembrance.

 

Join with people across the UK in sharing stories and pictures of your loved ones and contributing to this mass remembrance.

‘Wish you weren’t here!’ is our spoof postcard message to deter Bank Holiday beach crowds

After seeing the number of people who headed to its coastline this week, Sefton Council has adopted a new campaign ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend.

‘Wish you weren’t here!’ is the Council’s spoof take on the picture postcard message it is sending to people thinking of travelling to its beaches from across the north west.

Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing Cllr Ian Moncur said: “It’s not the message you expect to see on a postcard, or what Sefton Council would usually be telling the public, but at this time we need people to think about their own and others’ safety, as well as the wellbeing of our communities and Council staff.

“Our beaches are tempting but they are not able to cope with high level of visitors at the moment. Beach car parks are closed and parking is limited. Public toilets remain closed, bins are not in use and there are no Lifeguard patrols.

“Recently, data showed the Merseyside region as having a higher death rate than England and the rest of the North West, and it remains important that people stay home as much as possible and maintain the effort to reduce transmission of this dangerous virus.”

Sefton Council has asked people to continue being its eyes and ears and to report any large gatherings to the police by dialling 101 or to greensefton@sefton.gov.uk.

Cllr Moncur added: “We would also ask local people who are travelling to their nearby beaches to park considerately and ensure there is access for emergency vehicles at all times.”

“Fostering may be an option for people whose lives are changing due to Coronavirus” Sefton Council Chief Executive

Sefton Council Chief Executive Dwayne Johnson says at this time when people are facing changes in their lives, he hopes some may consider the option of becoming foster parents.

Speaking as Fostering Fortnight draws to a close Johnson, whose own mother was fostered, said:

“We are all facing unprecedented and enforced changes to our work and personal lives and some people may have seen their experiences change as a result of the Coronavirus lockdown.

“It is a period where some people are choosing to or having to evaluate their lives and think about changes for the future.

“I hope that anyone who has thought about becoming a foster carer might use this opportunity to follow it up and see whether providing this vital support for young people is for them.

“I know it’s a varied and challenging role which is also very rewarding and satisfying. From personal experience, I have seen the huge positive effect it has had on my mother’s life.”

As well as a child’s day-to-day care, being a foster carer involves providing support and guidance about education, health and social well-being matters that will affect the rest of that young person’s life. Training and support is provided for the role, which also means attending some meetings and managing confidential and sensitive information.

For a child or young person, being moved from their home for different complex reasons, can be distressing and difficult to understand. They can experience loss and anxiety when separated from their birth family and need love, patience, support and understanding to cope.

Johnson adds:

The Coronavirus lockdown period has been difficult for those of us who have our partners, children, mums and dads, brothers and sister around us but for those young people who for whatever reason haven’t had any family they can connect with, it will have been a particularly trying time.

“We really need new people to support those children and families.”

To find out more about becoming a foster parent, you can visit our dedicated website https://seftonfostering.co.uk/ 

Or speak to one of the team on our freephone number 0800 923 2777

Take a look at this moving video from Dwayne’s mother as she shares her personal experience of being fostered herself.

 

Coronavirus Testing now available to anyone over the age of 5

The Government has now said that anyone over the age of 5 showing symptoms of Coronavirus – which now include a new continuous cough OR fever OR loss of/ change in smell or taste – is eligible for a swab test.

People should take the test within the first 3 days of showing symptoms.

People can apply either:

Key workers should continue to register via their employer or the self-referral route.

Applicants will then receive options of attending a walk-in or drive-in test centre, depending on availability, or of getting a test kit delivered to their home.

People going to a test centre will receive instructions on how to take the test and how and when they will receive their results when they arrive.

Currently, there is very high demand for tests and appointments for key, frontline  workers such as NHS and Social Care workers are being prioritised so a test is not absolutely guaranteed.

The test involves taking a swab of the nose and the back of the throat, which can be done by the person themselves or by someone else. Tests for children age 5-11 must be administered by a parent/guardian.

Results will be emailed or texted to individuals. The aim is within 48 hours if attended a test centre, 72 hours for home tests.

Those who are taking the test at home are asked to read the instructions carefully and to  ensure they put the lid on securely and apply the barcode lengthways to speed up the process of  sending their results.

A dedicated Testing call centre has been set up, if people have not received their results they can ring 0300 303 2713 – this is not for clinical advice. People should ring NHS on 111 or in an emergency 999.

Link to information about local help in Sefton.

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