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Have your say on Sefton’s brand new Physical Activity Strategy

Residents across Sefton are being asked to share their physical activity lifestyle habits as part of a new consultation.

As part of a project to create its Physical Activity Strategy, Sefton Council’s is asking people to reveal, anonymously, the physical activity they take part in.

The Council is keen to know the current levels of physical activity in Sefton’s. It also wants to identify any barriers that may be preventing people from taking part in activities that help their physical and mental wellbeing.

Results from the consultation, which runs until Friday 30th June, will be used to develop a special new Physical Activity Strategy designed to better understand physical activity habits and increase participation for those who need it most.

Questions in the consultation are varied and ask people about their lifestyles, how major life changes have affected their levels physical activity and more.

Simon Burnett, Sefton Council’s Assistant Director for People, said:  “We know that good physical activity is vitally important for our health and wellbeing, and we want to ensure that our residents have access to the best possible services and programs to support them.

“This consultation is an important step in ensuring that we are meeting the physical health needs of our residents, as well as finding out what may be discouraging people from using the services and facilities that we do offer.”

“We are committed to providing a wide range of services that best support our communities, ultimately creating a positive environment that promotes healthy and active lifestyles. 

“By gathering information through this consultation, the council can better understand the needs and behaviours of our communities.

“The data will then help us to tailor our physical activity services to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.”

Residents across Sefton are being encouraged to take part in the consultation, which is open until Friday 30th June.

To complete the survey please visit https://tinyurl.com/SeftonActivityStrategy

May Living Well bus stop in Sefton mean more chances to get a free health check and COVID-19 vaccine

Living Well Bus information panelThe ‘Living Well’ bus service is returning to Sefton this month to offer residents a free health check and the opportunity to catch up on first and second COVID-19 vaccines.  Third primary doses will also be available for people who are immunosuppressed.

Operating as a drop-in service, the bus offers a range of physical health checks, COVID-19 vaccinations, and referrals to talking therapies.

No appointment needed

The bus will be at the following location from 10:30am-4pm, with no appointment needed:

  • Former H Samuel unit – Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle – Friday 28 April.

    Maghull Lidl Car Park, North way, Maghull Wednesday 10th May.

The service, which is delivered by the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, was launched in June 2022 to offer a consistent health and care approach across communities across Cheshire and Merseyside. All activity is recorded and shared with your GP, ensuring ongoing understanding and support for your health is in place.

Find out more about the service on the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust website.

 You can find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine, who is eligible, and to book an appointment online or find other walk-in vaccination sites on the NHS website.

NHS advice during Grand National Festival at Aintree

Aintree racecourse image
Aintree, Race Course Signage and Grandstand.

This week’s Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse is taking place during what is an already busy period for the NHS, with the Easter Bank Holiday weekend and ongoing industrial action.

Each year, over the three days of the Grand National Festival, attendances at Aintree University Hospital and the Royal Liverpool University Hospital’s emergency Departments tend to rise.

Up to 20% more patients

Aintree Hospital can see up to 20% more patients than normal with minor injuries and numbers can rise at the Royal as people continue their evenings in Liverpool city centre.

The NHS is reminding local communities that people with non-life-threatening injuries can contact NHS 111 online or by phone, which will direct them to the most appropriate service for advice or treatment.

NHS 111 is staffed by a team of trained professionals and clinicians who provide instant over-the-phone triage and can arrange a face-to-face appointment with an out-of-hours GP, or at a local hospital Emergency Department if needed.

Walk In Centre

Alternatively, people in South Sefton can also attend Litherland Walk In Centre without an appointment. Walk In Centres are open from 8am to 8pm seven days per week. Before attending, we recommend you contact NHS 111 to check this is the service you require, as they may be able to help arrange your visit.

Walk In Centres are run by a team of highly skilled multidisciplinary staff, who can provide consultations, advice and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses in both children and adults.

People can also get advice and treatment for lots of minor illnesses and ailments by visiting a local pharmacy – without the need for an appointment.

Landmark event

Dr Jim Gardner, Chief Medical Officer at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Grand National Festival is a landmark event for Liverpool and we want people to have a brilliant time, whether they are attending Aintree Racecourse or enjoying the event elsewhere. But we also want our local communities to look out for one another and enjoy the festival sensibly. Please take care of yourselves, drink in moderation and look after friends and family.

“For anyone requiring urgent or emergency care, our Emergency Departments are always open and our teams are here to help you. However, if you do come to our hospitals with a non-urgent condition, please expect to wait much longer whilst we prioritise those who need our help most.”

Health services reminders for forthcoming Easter Bank Holiday weekend and industrial action

With the Easter Bank Holiday weekend – Friday 7th to Monday 10th April – fast approaching, people are being reminded to make sure they’ve got enough prescription medication left. It can take a couple of days for a repeat prescription to come through and you don’t want to run out.

Industrial action

In addition, the Easter Bank Holiday will be followed immediately by four days of industrial action by junior doctors, lasting from Tuesday 11th to Friday 14th April.

During this time the NHS, which is still busy caring for people, is expecting significant disruption. So it is important people are aware of the best way to access care at a time health service will be under severe pressure.

Urgent need

If anyone has an urgent healthcare need that can’t wait till the next working day, it is still possible to speak to a GP in the evening, at weekends and on Bank Holidays.

If you call your GP practice outside of office hours, you will hear a recorded message, with details of how to get in touch with a GP. This may be through contacting NHS 111.

NHS 111 online

The NHS 111 online service offers quick advice and the best options for getting the care you need. This including getting a call-back from a trained clinician or nurse, booking an appointment in A&E or providing advice on how to help you recover.

You can use the NHS App to put in a request for a repeat prescription or check your GP practice website for details of how to order a repeat prescription.

Emergency

Urgent and emergency care services will be open over the Bank Holiday and during the industrial action. People should always call 999 or attend A&E in the event of a life or limb threatening emergency.

Pharmacies

High-street pharmacies can provide you with expert advice and help on a range of health issues.

Pharmacy opening times

Catch the ‘Living Well’ bus in Bootle to get a free health check and COVID-19 vaccine, on Tuesday 28th March

Living Well Bus graphicThe ‘Living Well’ bus service has been back to Sefton offering residents a free health check and the opportunity to catch up on first and second COVID-19 vaccines, as well as third primary doses for those who are immunosuppressed.

Range of health checks

Operating as a drop-in service, the bus offers a range of physical health checks, COVID-19 vaccinations, and referrals to talking therapies.

The bus will be at LIDL car park, Marsh Lane, Bootle, L20 5BQ, from 10:30am-3pm on Tuesday 28th March -with no appointments needed.

Consistent health and care approach

The service, which is delivered by the Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, was launched in June 2022 to offer a consistent health and care approach across communities across Cheshire and Merseyside. All activity is recorded and

shared with your GP, ensuring ongoing understanding and support for your health is in place.

You can find out more about the service here. 

You can find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine, who is eligible, and to book an appointment online or find other walk-in vaccination sites on the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination.

 

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