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Love your lungs in Sefton

In recognition of Love your lungs week (June 17-23) local organisations are reminding residents of the support they have in Sefton to help with breathing conditions.

As part of the week, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG, Living Well Sefton and Sefton Council are all encouraging people to take the British Lung Foundation breath test and to seek help if they need it.

Dr Nigel Taylor, respiratory lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “We are keen to raise awareness, not just this week but all year round, about the services that are available in Sefton for those who have lung related conditions.

“If you have a known lung condition and are feeling breathless you should follow your personal management plan. If you are not improving or you don’t have a plan and are worried then you should attend the walk in centre or contact your GP practice.”

Dr Kati Scholtz, respiratory lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “For simple problems such as a cough or a cold your local pharmacist can help, they can also help by giving additional advice regarding inhaler techniques and providing over the counter Nicotine Replacement Therapies if you are trying to stop smoking.”

The Breathe Easy group is a great support network to encourage people with lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and cystic fibrosis, to look after themselves and to share ways to do this.

The Sefton south group meets in the Strand By Me shop in Bootle every second Tuesday of the month at 1pm and the Sefton north group meet on the first Wednesday of every month at the Doves Centre on Duke Street, Formby at 1pm.

Living Well Sefton partners are also supporting Love Your Lungs Week by encouraging people to take advantage of the activities and classes that they offer.

Over at the Feelgood Factory in Netherton, Philomena Zilinski, says: “Our walking football and guided walks as well as our physical activity classes  all  improve cardiovascular  fitness leading to  improved lung function.”

Working outdoors in the garden is another great way to keep your lungs fit and both the Brighter Living Partnership in Southport and the May Logan centre, Bootle, have gardening groups to join. People also have the option of joining in the weekly social walk from May Logan too.

And, with Smokefree Sefton’s support, your breathing and lung capacity will improve once you’ve quit smoking.

For details on the Living Well Sefton support please visit www.livingwellsefton.co.uk or call 0300 323 0181.

To watch a video on the Breathe Easy group and Smokefree Sefton click here: https://youtu.be/fzaFSIYif5U   

You can find out about the Breathe Easy groups in your area here: www.blf.org.uk/support-in-your-area and you can take the British Lung Foundation breath test here: https://breathtest.blf.org.uk/   

 

Diabetes programmes in Sefton gains accreditation

Programmes in Sefton that support people living with diabetes are the first in Merseyside to be recognised by a nationally respected institute in time for Diabetes Week 2019.

The two patient education programmes offered by NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are Diabetes and You, which helps educate people that have recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and Diabetes and More, which focuses on supporting those who have been living with diabetes for more than twelve months.

Dr Nigel Taylor, diabetes lead for NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Our diabetes programmes consist of two, two and a half hour sessions, and are run by a team of diabetes specialties nurses, dieticians and paediatricians.

“Both of these diabetes programmes are incredibly valuable to the people of Sefton. Not only do they support people living with Type 2 diabetes, these programmes also support their carers and family members.”

Following a review by the Quality Institute for Self Management Education & Training (QISMET), the Diabetes and You and Diabetes and More programmes have gained accreditation for their high quality service and effectiveness. QISMET is an independent not-for-profit body that supports self-management providers and commissioners to achieve the highest possible quality service for people living with long-term health conditions.

Residents who have attended past programmes have found them highly beneficial, as this person explains:

“I found the sessions very informative and will take on board the advice I have been given.”

Another former attendee said: “I was in a bit of denial because of the health diet and exercise elements but this has given me insight and really improved my knowledge.”

Dr Doug Callow, diabetes lead for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Diabetes Week is a great opportunity to learn how to manage your diabetes but of course we promote this all year round. These sessions will teach you about healthy eating, your medication, lifestyle advice and more. I would encourage anyone who has Type 2 diabetes to attend.”

The education sessions are held at a variety of locations and times across Sefton. If you would like to attend, you can request a referral from your GP or practice nurse.

Diabetes Week takes place from 10 June – 16 June 2019. For more information visit https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/diabetes-week

For more information on QISMET visit their website.

Get back in the saddle and rediscover your love of cycling in confidence

People who want to rediscover their love for cycling in Sefton after years of staying out of the saddle can now benefit from free refresher sessions.

To mark Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship, the local authority’s Highways Safety Team are holding bespoke ‘Back In The Saddle’ rides for those who want to rediscover their confidence on two wheels as part of a friendly group.

Those looking to get a handle on their cycling skills will join like-minded others at MeCycle cafe in Station Road, Ainsdale, every Friday before 10am to bike in confidence with the aim of improving overall skill and ability.

The sessions will run every week throughout the summer holidays. 

John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone over the age of 16 to have a wealth of help and support to find their way back into the saddle.

“The best thing about our courses is you won’t be alone and it’s great to be around like-minded others who share the same fears, abilities and difficulties but still want to learn and want to be able to ride.

“Sefton is a fantastic borough for cyclists and boasts an incredible cycle route that encompasses our coastline which will make a beautiful victory lap for our Back In The Saddle graduates.

“This is a wonderful initiative which ties in perfectly with our ongoing Year Of Friendship campaign to bring people together throughout our borough.”

No booking is required for the Back In The Saddle events, simply turn up with your own equipment.

If you need to borrow a bike or helmet, please contact MeCycle Ainsdale ahead of time via 01704 579353.

For further information please email road.safety@sefton.gov.uk

Have your say on local policy

Six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Merseyside and Cheshire are currently working together to review more than 100 local NHS policies and treatments to ensure that they have the best possible outcomes for patients, are in line with the latest clinical guidance and are making the best of the limited NHS resources available.

CCGs in Halton, Liverpool, Southport and Formby, South Sefton, St Helens and Warrington are currently

reviewing treatments and procedures relating to:

  • Continuous glucose monitoring systems
  • Cough assist devices
  • Insulin pumps
  • Secondary care peripheral steroid joint injections
  • Surgery for Prostatism or lower urinary tract infection
  • Transanal irrigation

We are looking to understand the views and experiences of individuals/families who have received or are currently receiving one or more of the above treatments.  Clinicians, providers and community groups with an interest in the above treatments or policy changes, are also encouraged to share their views in the survey.

We are also informing patients about updates to Botulinum Toxin A & B treatments to bring them in line with NICE guidance and the Pan Mersey Area Prescribing Committee (APC).

The survey will be available online https://nhs.researchfeedback.net/s.asp?k=155652839910 which will take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey closes on 7 July 2019.

If you require this or more information in another format or language, an easy read version, would like to receive a hard copy or would like support completing this survey, please email us on mlcsu.involvement@nhs.net or call us on 01782 872506.

Anything you share will be anonymous. No personal identifiable information will be shared or published.

You can find out more about health policy reviews on your CCG’s website or by contacting us using the email address or telephone number provided.

Take care of yourself during the May bank holiday

As people make plans for the May bank holiday weekend the NHS in Sefton is encouraging you to also be prepared in case of any accidents or minor ailments.

Health professionals from NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG suggest making sure you have all the necessary supplies and information just in case. 

GP practices will be closed on the bank holiday Monday (27 May) but there are several other ways for you to access medical help during this time, if you need it.    

Being aware of how to treat minor ailments such as burns, cuts and coughs and ensuring you have all the supplies to do so means you can get back to enjoying the bank holiday quicker. 

Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG said: “One of the ways to take care of yourself this bank holiday weekend is to make sure your medicine cabinet is well stocked for minor illnesses such as coughs, colds and sore throats. As GP practices won’t be open as much as usual, self-care is the best way to deal with any common health concerns you may have during the long weekend.

“If you need any further advice, I would recommend calling NHS 111 or visiting your local pharmacy. Both of these services are excellent options for dealing with any non-urgent medical concerns.”

Most pharmacies have private consultation rooms where they can advise you on self-care treatments and give you advice on your medication. Pharmacists can also advise you check your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose, amongst many other things.

You can call NHS111 to speak with a highly trained adviser who will assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

You can also visit 111.nhs.uk to get medical advice on where and when to get help.   

If you do need an appointment there are now extended GP appointments of an evening or weekend across Sefton. These appointments can be booked in advance via the GP practice you are registered with or by calling 111. 

Jan Leonard, Director of Place at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “The extended access GP service launched last October in Sefton and has been popular ever since. Open 365 days a year the service is really useful over bank holidays and weekends. You can book an appointment via your GP practice or NHS 111 can book an appointment with your nearest service as long as you are registered with a GP practice in Sefton.”

You can find the pharmacy opening times for each CCG area here:

South Sefton: https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/may-and-august-bank-holiday-opening-times-for-pharmacies/

Southport and Formby: https://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/may-and-august-bank-holiday-opening-times-for-pharmacies/

For more information on how to treat minor medical concerns visit the Self Care Forum and the NHS website.

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