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Care at the Chemist service extended in Sefton

Decorative graphic for Care at the ChemistSefton’s ‘Care at the Chemist’ scheme has a new extended service, providing treatment for urinary tract infections (UTIs), better known as water infections, directly from local pharmacies without the need to be seen by a GP.

Women between the ages of 16 and 65 years who have symptoms of a common UTI, who are not pregnant or breastfeeding, can now access the treatment by visiting a participating pharmacy.

Expert treatment

The Care at the Chemist scheme in Sefton offers quick and easy healthcare advice and medicines for a wide range of illnesses and conditions and is available at 31 pharmacies in the Borough. It means that, where appropriate, residents can go directly to their local pharmacy for expert treatment or medicines for a wide variety of conditions, without needing to see their GP first.

The medicines are prescribed free of charge for anyone who does not pay for their prescriptions. Those who do pay will be charged the current prescription charge, or lower if they are cheaper to buy over the counter.

Easier treatment

Susanne Lynch MBE, head of medicines management for NHS Cheshire and Merseyside in Sefton, said: “Our local pharmacists are fully trained and qualified to help you with a wide range of minor illnesses and common conditions. They are your local healthcare experts.

“In addition to the healthcare advice and support available from all pharmacies, it’s great that we can offer easier treatment for things like simple water infections and more, as part of the Care at the Chemist scheme.”

Right treatment

Dr Pete Chamberlain, local GP in Sefton said: “A lot of problems do not need a GP to resolve. Accessing help through the Care at the Chemist scheme means that you’ll get the right treatment faster and start feeling better sooner.

“GP practices are busier than ever, so if you have a common or minor illness, avoid the queues and visit a chemist near you to get help quickly and easily.”

The conditions that are covered by the scheme include common illnesses like coughs and colds, fever and headaches, as well as conditions such as conjunctivitis, scabies, thrush and allergies. The full list of conditions included in the scheme are show below.

Athlete’s foot Haemorrhoids (piles) Pain
Cold sores Hayfever & allergies Scabies
Conjunctivitis Head lice Sore throat
Constipation Headache Sprains & strains
Contact dermatitis Heartburn Teething
Coughs & colds Indigestion Threadworm
Cystitis Infant colic Toothache
Diarrhoea Insect bites/stings Thrush
Dry eyes Nappy rash UTI (urinary tract infection)*
Ear wax  Nasal congestion Warts and verrucas

Sign up

Residents in Sefton can drop into one of the 31 participating pharmacies who are signed up to the scheme and ask about joining Care at the Chemist. Those offering the extended service for UTIs are highlighted with an asterisk (*) and you can find the full list of pharmacies below:

South Sefton

  • Alexanders Pharmacy, Stuart Road, Crosby*
  • Asda Pharmacy, Aintree*
  • Asda Pharmacy, Strand Road, Bootle*
  • Bridge Road Chemist, Litherland*
  • Cohens Chemist, Bridge Road, Crosby*
  • Cohens Chemist, Marian Square, Bootle*
  • Davey’s Chemist, Randall Drive, Ford*
  • Higgins Pharmacy, Crosby Road North, Waterloo*
  • Knowsley Road Pharmacy, Bootle
  • Netherton Pharmacy, Gordon Youth Centre*
  • Rightdose Pharmacy, Liverpool Road South, Maghull*
  • Rowlands Pharmacy, Sefton Road, Litherland*
  • Station Road Pharmacy, Maghull*
  • Superdrug Pharmacy, Bootle Strand
  • Whitworth Chemist, Moore Street, Bootle*

Southport and Formby

  • Asda Pharmacy, Southport*
  • Bispham Road Pharmacy, Southport*
  • Cambridge Road Pharmacy, Churchtown*
  • Care+ Chemist, Banastre Road, Southport*
  • Crossens Pharmacy, Rufford Road, Southport*
  • Formby Health Rooms and Pharmacy, Liverpool Road
  • Fylde Road Pharmacy, Southport*
  • Hesketh Park, Queens Road, Southport*
  • Rowlands Pharmacy, Chapel Lane, Formby*
  • Rowlands Pharmacy, Liverpool Road, Birkdale*
  • Rowlands Pharmacy, Upper Aughton Road, Birkdale*
  • Sedem Pharmacy, Roe Lane, Churchtown*
  • St Marks Church Pharmacy, Southport*
  • Whitworth Chemist, Norwood Avenue, Southport*
  • Woolleys Internet Pharmacy, Bispham Road, Southport*

‘Stay out of the sun as much as you can’ warns Sefton’s Director of Public Health

While temperatures in the North West may not be forecast to reach the extreme 40°C that have caused the Met Office to issue the first ever Red warning for exceptional heat today, Sefton Council is still urging people to be careful and prepare for the heat.

We expect temperatures to rise above 30 C and people can develop health problems such as heat exhaustions and heatstroke, especially if they are either young or older or if they have an underlying health condition.

During hot and sunny weather, we also need to remember to protect ourselves from the harmful effects of UV light.

Sustained exposure to the sun even at lower temperature can cause a number of health problems such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke and everyone is vulnerable the harmful effects of UV light if unprotected. 

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “While I can fully understand that many people thoughts will turn to visiting the coast, what we need to remember is that on the beach, we are fully exposed to the effects of the sun and heat, especially if we are not prepared.  

“It is important to stay out of the Sun as much as possible during the hottest part of the day. While it is so sunny if we do go out, we should wear sunscreen and a hat and try and stay in the shade.

“We should try and keep cool this could be indoors or outdoors in the shade.

“If you do want to go out, staying local in areas such as parks where trees and shelters can provide shade will be cooler and much more suitable for young children and elderly people who can succumb to the potentially dangerous effects of heat and dehydration very quickly.”

Useful links

Supporting vulnerable people before and during a heatwave: for health and social care professionals – GOV.UK (

Looking after children and those in early years settings during heatwaves: for teachers and professionals – GOV.UK (

Beat the heat: keep cool at home checklist – GOV.UK (

Heat Exhaustion is where people become very hot and start to lose water or salt from their body. Symptoms include weakness, faintness, headache, muscle cramps, feeling sick, heavy sweating and intense thirst.

Heatstroke is where the body is no longer able to cool itself and a person’s body temperature becomes dangerously high. Heatstroke is less common, but more serious and untreated, it can cause confusion, seizures and loss of consciousness.

Margaret continued:  “The best way to look after ourselves during what the Government has called ‘a national emergency’ is to stay out of the extreme heat, ensure we cool ourselves down, keep our environment cool or find somewhere else that is cool, this could be indoors or outside in the shade.”

People can find out more information on keeping cool during the hot weather, and how to keep others safe at 

Anyone who does go to the coast needs to remember that with no shelter or shade, sand temperatures can rise very quickly, creating a very uncomfortable and challenging surface to walk or stand on. 

Margaret Jones continued:  “If you are determined to go the beach, use factor 30 or above sun cream and lots of it and make sure children are protected and not exposed too much, as sunburn can do long-term damage.  

“Take plenty of drinks and ensure you keep hydrated because heat exhaustion and heatstroke can creep up on you and think about taking regular trips to somewhere off the beach where you can find some shade.”

Sefton and its partners coast teams will be on duty over the coming days, and they can provide some first aid. With ambulance services currently at full stretch, people needing more thorough emergency treatment may find themselves facing a long wait for assistance.

People visiting the Sefton coast this weekend are asked to dispose of litter carefully in bins, or if they are full, to take litter home with them as some items such as glass in strong sunshine can cause fires, like a magnifying glass. 

Also, migrating birds are returning so people are asked not to disturb these incredible travellers as they rest on the shoreline and to dogs under control.


Free Lower My Drinking app launched across Cheshire and Merseyside

Heavy drinking can cause disruptions in everyday life, but it also has a long-term impact and can lead to depression, cancer, and liver disease.

Lower My Drinking will give you the expert advice and scientifically-proven tools you need to reduce your drinking to the recommended limit of 14 units a week or less. The app is free to download and use for anyone who lives or works in Cheshire and Merseyside (and can be accessed by inputting a postcode). The app, designed by clinical psychologists and behavioural scientists, gives advice, and uses scientifically proven tools to reduce drinking to the recommended limit of 14 units a week or less.

Lower your drinking to reduce your risk of cancerLower My Drinking will guide you to set your drinking goal. Then it will help you achieve this by guiding you to:
• Track your progress towards your drinking goal
• Recognise all the gains you will make by cutting down
• Focus on what is really motivating you to reduce your drinking
• See how your drinking compares to the rest of the population

As well as this, Lower My Drinking will show you the issues that could potentially cause you to drink more than is healthy for you and give you a set of proven skills you can use to address these.

Lower your drinking to reduce your risk of liver diseaseSpecifically, these skills will allow you to:
• Change how you think about alcohol and the role it plays in your life
• Anticipate situations that may tempt you to drink too much, and plan how you will limit your drinking when you get there
• Stay calm and relaxed in any situation without having a drink
• Replace drinking in your daily routine with positive activities that will make you feel good
• Manage any impulses to drink at the wrong time or in the wrong place by using a mindfulness technique
• Improve your lifestyle and boost your overall physical and emotional wellbeing

Lower My Drinking has been designed by clinical psychologists and behavioural scientists to help you reduce your drinking to a safer level. Get started today so you can get healthier and feel better!

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New emergency services app launches for users of British Sign Language

Local charity Merseyside Society Deaf People (MSDP) hosted a party in partnership with Deafness Resource Centre for the Merseyside Deaf Community on Friday 17th June to celebrate the launch of 999 BSL, the UK’s first ever Video Relay Service (VRS) connecting Deaf people to the emergency services (police, ambulance, fire and coastguard) via a remote British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter.

A Merseyside Police Officer, Jo Parr from MSDP and John Stewart from Sign Video pose for the launch of the 999 BSL app

The new service, which will be provided by interpreting and communication support provider Sign Language Interactions, officially launched as an app (iOS and Android) and web-based platform on 17th June. The service, funded by private telecoms companies, will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and will be completely free of charge to Deaf users.

While a text relay service already exists, video relay will enable Deaf callers across the UK to make video calls to the emergency services in their own language – British Sign Language – for the first time ever, without needing to use English or ask a hearing person to make a call to 999 on their behalf.

This is another major milestone in improving access for the estimated 90,000 Deaf people in the UK, following the recent historic decision by Parliament to recognise British Sign Language as a language of Great Britain for the first time. The British Sign Language (BSL) Act passed into law on Thursday 28th April 2022 after decades of campaigning by the Deaf community.

The 999 BSL launch party has been funded by a generous grant from Deaf health charity SignHealth.

Janice Connolly, Community Liaison Officer for MSDP said: “We are delighted to support the launch of the first Deaf accessible 999 service.  The Deaf Community has campaigned for years for equal access to vital services and to have access in our first language is amazing.”

“An emergency situation can be a matter of life or death, particularly for our Community who don’t routinely have access to mainstream services because of our communication needs. This service means independence and equality.  It means Deaf people do not have to rely on hearing neighbours or their hearing children to make a 999 call.”

Abigail Gorman, SignHealth said: “This is a breakthrough for Deaf people that will save lives and means one more step forward towards equality. We won’t be satisfied until Deaf people have full and equal access, particularly to life-saving health services.”

To find out more about the 999 BSL service, including a demonstration video, FAQs and guidance on how to download the app and use the web platform, visit:

Have you booked your cervical screening test?

This Cervical Screening Week (20-26 June), NHS professionals in Sefton are encouraging everyone who is eligible to get their cervical screening test as soon as they are invited.

All women and people with a cervix, aged 25 to 64, are invited to have a cervical screening test to help reduce their risk of developing cervical cancer.

Cervical cancer affects around 3,000 people in the UK every year. The cervical screening test detects human papillomavirus (HPV) and signs of early abnormal cells, which can turn into cervical cancer if not treated.

Dr Debbie Harvey, Macmillan GP at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Those aged 25 to 49 are offered screening every three years and 50 to 64 year olds are every five years. When it’s time for your next screening, you should be sent a letter inviting you to make an appointment.

“Almost 1 in 3 people don’t go for their cervical screening test but it is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from the risk of cervical cancer.

“The test only takes 5 minutes and your nurse or doctor is there to make you feel comfortable and help you with any questions you might have.”

Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and primary care cancer lead at NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “The screening test significantly reduces the risk of developing cervical cancer so it’s really important to make an appointment when invited.

“If you are aged 25 to 64 and think you’re overdue your cervical screening test, contact your GP practice.”

Eligible patients who are registered at a local GP practice will receive an invitation letter in the post with information about how to book their cervical screening appointment.

Patients are also advised that if they become aware of any of the following symptoms before their next cervical screening test is due, to not wait to be screened, but to get in touch with their GP practice or community sexual health clinic:

  • unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge
  • pain or discomfort during intercourse
  • unexplained pain in your lower tummy

Sefton residents can also book their screening test during evenings or weekends, via the GP Extra service in south Sefton or the 7 day GP service in Southport and Formby. These evening and weekend appointments can be booked by calling the patient’s own GP practice.

For more information on cervical cancer and what the screening test involves, please visit:

To find out more about what to expect at your cervical screening appointment, watch this video: 

Cervical Screening Awareness Week is an event run by national cervical cancer charity Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

During the week they are also encouraging people to share their tips and experiences, and positive messages about screening online. You can find tips and stories by following the hashtags #CervicalScreeningTip and #CervicalScreeningAwarenessWeek on social media, or following the charity on Twitter: @JoTrust or Instagram: @JosCervicalCancerTrust.

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