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Mobile Testing in Sefton – November 2021

Throughout November , 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 www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
Planned dates and sites may be subject to change if testing is required in other locations:

Dates and locations for November 2021

  • Monday 1 Litherland Sports Park
  • Tuesday 2 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 3 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 4 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 5 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 6 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 7 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 8 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Tuesday 9 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 10 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 11 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 12 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 13 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 14 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 15 Litherland Sports Park
  • Tuesday 16 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 17 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Thursday 18 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 19 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 20 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 21 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 22 Litherland Sports Park
  • Tuesday 23 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 24 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 25 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 26 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 27 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 28 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 29 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Tuesday 30 NO MOBILE TESTING

Remaining October dates

  • Monday 25 Maghull Town Hall
  • Tuesday 26 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Wednesday 27 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 28 Litherland Sports Park
  • Friday 29 Litherland Sports Park
  • Saturday 30 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 31 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride

Our mobile Swab Squads are out this week.

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 Lane, 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 www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Find out more about COVID in Sefton, including testing and vaccinations.

Boots-on-the-ground approach in Sefton to ensure people have access and information on COVID-19 drop-in vaccination sessions

Flyer explaining where drop-in vaccination jabs are availableIn a bid to prevent the ongoing spread of the coronavirus, Sefton Council, and NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are targeting areas where people who have not yet had a COVID vaccination.

Focused

Initially efforts are being focused on the parts of Sefton’s Derby and Linacre wards where numbers of people vaccinated are lower.

Teams will be talking to people about vaccination and reminding them they can go to the Knowsley Road Pharmacy, at 125 Knowsley Rd, Bootle L20 4NJ, for a jab on Wednesdays 20th, and 27th and Thursdays 21st, and 28th October from 9.30am to 5.30pm. They will also be giving out flyers about the free, walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations that are available on those days.

Prominent

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “The difference between some of the most and least vaccinated parts of Sefton is as much as 25% and with the Delta variant of the virus still prominent in the Borough, it is vital we try to narrow that gap and stop the spread of COVID-19.

“Encouraging more people to get vaccinated is the best way to do it.

“There is no doubt that vaccines are the best way to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 and to help reduce the spread of infections.

“We know there are a number of reasons people may not have had a jab yet, including access to vaccination venues, time pressures or a lack of information.

“While some may be wanting to give the impression that COVID-19 is over, it is still very much with us and proof of that, sadly, is the four coronavirus-related deaths of the Borough’s residents during one recent week. That means today, four Sefton families are still desperately missing a mother or a father, a gran or grandad a brother or sister or even a child.

“Vaccination greatly reduces the risk of serious COVID-19 infection, and we are stressing it’s never too late to get vaccinated, although for some people and their families, sadly it is.”

Feet on the ground

Dr Pete Chamberlain, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said “Our information about these neighbouring south Sefton wards tells us that they have younger populations, who may be very busy juggling jobs and school. Data shows they are also less likely to engage with social media and online messages so may not have picked up on the wide variety of information we have made available.

“That’s why we are getting feet on the ground to ensure people living in these areas have the best opportunity to protect themselves and their families.

“It’s really easy to get your vaccine, you can find a walk-in vaccination site or book a vaccination appointment on the NHS website. Anyone in Sefton aged 18 and over, can get their first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine by booking an appointment at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now.

Young people aged 16 and 17 can now get their first dose of the vaccine. They will either be contacted by the NHS or they can attend one of Sefton’s walk-in centres.

A programme of vaccinations for children in schools will get underway shortly.

Information and useful links including easy-read guides about vaccinations can be found at www.sefton.gov.uk/COVID-vaccinations.

Map showing location of Knowsley Road Pharmacy People can find a walk-in vaccination site or book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please visit the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Knowsley Road Pharmacy is at 125 Knowsley Rd, Bootle L20 4NJ

One-day closures for two Sefton Local COVID-19 Testing Sites

Local COVID-19 Testing Sites, at Netherton Activity Centre and Crosby Library will each be closed for one day this week while work to improve facilities is carried out.

The Netherton Activity Centre site will be closed for testing on Monday 18th October and the Crosby Library site will be closed on Tuesday 19th October.

However, the sites at Bootle and Southport Town Halls remain open as usual and a Mobile Testing Unit will be at Maghull Town Hall on Monday 18th and at the Esplanade Park and Ride in Southport on Tuesday 19th.

People can find out more about testing in Sefton and a link to Mobile Testing Unit dates at www.sefton.gov.uk/COVID-testing.

Sefton Council is still urging anyone who starts to show COVID symptoms of a high temperature, a new persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell, should book a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

People with no symptoms who are out and about should continue taking free Lateral Flow Tests, which are available free from a wide range of local outlets including all Sefton pharmacies.

And, anyone who is offered their COVID-19 vaccination or booster should get the jab as soon as possible.

People in Sefton warned to beware of NHS COVID pass criminals

Poster warning people about COVID Pass fraudSefton Council is reminding resident to beware of criminals using the NHS COVID Pass to get people to hand over money or their financial details and secret passwords.

Available in electronic form or on paper or via the NHS App, an NHS COVID Pass shows a person’s coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is their COVID-19 status. They may be needed to travel abroad, or at events and venues in England that ask for proof of COVID-19 status.

Free

An NHS COVID Pass is free and details of how to get one can be found on the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/nhscovidpass or by calling 119.

However, criminals are targeting people and sending fake text messages, emails and making phone calls pretending to be from the NHS, offering fake vaccine certificates for sale online and through social media.

They are using these methods to get people to hand over money, or to reveal financial details and personal information, which they then use to empty their bank accounts.

Alert

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “It’s important that we all remember the NHS App is free, the NHS COVID Pass is free, and that the NHS will NEVER ask for payment or any financial details.

“If you are contacted by phone, text or email by someone claiming they can offer you a pass or the App, and asking for money, you should not respond or share important personal information such as bank details or passwords.

“And you should be alert to links and attachments in unexpected text messages or emails, which may corrupt your device and steal your information.”

Suspect

Mrs Jones went on to encourage anyone who has any information relating to NHS COVID Pass or vaccine certificate fraud to report it.

She said: “If you receive a call and suspect it to be fraudulent, hang up straight away. If you are suspicious about an email, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk and make sure you do not open any links or attachments.

She continued:  “If you are suspicious about a text message, you can forward it free to 7726, and if you think you’re the victim of a fraud, report it to Action Fraud as soon as possible by visiting actionfraud.police.uk or calling 0300 123 2040.

“Any information relating to NHS COVID Pass or vaccine certificate fraud you can be reported 100% anonymously to Crimestoppers online at covidfraudhotline.org or by phoning 0800 587 5030.”

Warning over hits to people’s mental health and unpaid carers’ income, from Universal Credit cut

As the Government’s £20 cut in Universal Credit, which will affect many families across Sefton, comes into effect today, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Ian Moncur has expressed his concern about the effect it will have on people’s mental health.

Pushed into poverty

Cllr Moncur said: “Around ½ million families across the country have been forecast to be pushed into poverty by today’s cut by the Government, including many Sefton households.

“Poverty puts huge day-to-day strain on individuals and families, but it can also be the first step to poor mental and physical health.”

During the pandemic the already-high proportion of Sefton households relying on Universal Credit has increased. Many of them are working families. More Sefton families are now in the absolute or relative low-income categories and the eligibility for free school meals in the Borough has risen.

During the COIVID-19 pandemic Sefton Council has given out over 4,800 payments for emergency help and made over 2,700 Discretionary Housing Payments to help people struggling with rents and bills.

Raising the risk

Cllr Moncur continued: “Research funded by the Nuffield Foundation, has shown that when the then Chancellor George Osborne lowered the benefit cap in 2016, it had the effect of raising the risk of experiencing mental ill health among those at-risk of being capped by around 10 percentage points.

“Another conclusion drawn from this research was that the lower benefit cap may have meant people with poorer mental health being pushed further from the labour market as a result.”

Additionally, Cllr Moncur expressed concern that unpaid carers of disabled people will also be hard hit by today’s cut.

Shortfall

He said: “Government ministers have claimed people just need to work an extra two hours a week to make up the £20 shortfall.

“This has been disputed but even if it were correct, under the Government’s rules, people who receive the carer element of Universal Credit already have to spend at least 35 hours a week looking after a severely disabled person.

“It would be very hard for them to take on paid work, even if their caring responsibilities made it possible.”

Concerned

Cllr Moncur added: “I would urge anyone who is concerned about the effect the Government’s £1,040 annual cut in their income will have on their mental or physical health or who is an unpaid carer, to visit the Sefton Directory at www.seftondirectory.com/.

“The Directory contains a whole range of information and advice for people who live with disability or who may be carers.

“Anyone who has difficulty accessing the Directory online can call our Contact Centre on 0345 140 0845 who will be able to point them in the right direction for support and advice.”

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