Please follow & like us

How to get healthcare help in Sefton over the Easter holidays

How to get healthcare help-in-Sefton over Easter web bannerHealthcare leaders are sharing advice for getting the help you need in Sefton over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 15th to Monday 18th April) should you become unwell. 

NHS 111

People who need urgent NHS care, but it is not a 999 emergency, are advised to contact NHS 111 which is staffed by trained professionals and clinicians who will direct people to the most appropriate health service. 

Dr Pete Chamberlain, chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Although there are changes to some healthcare services over the Bank Holiday weekend, if you’re feeling unwell, there is plenty of help and advice available from NHS 111.”

“We would advise you to ‘think 111 first’ and contact the team either by visiting 111.nhs.uk online to answer some questions about your condition, or by calling 111 over the phone.”

Planning ahead

Opening times for services such as pharmacies, walk in centres and GP practices may change over the Bank Holiday, so residents are advised to plan ahead to make sure they know where to go for help. Healthcare leaders are also urging residents to make sure they have enough supply of any medications they need by ordering their repeat prescriptions early, and getting their medicine cabinet stocked up with essentials.

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “If you do rely on medication for long term conditions, don’t leave it too late to order your repeat prescriptions before Good Friday. Pharmacies may change their opening hours over the Bank Holiday weekend so it’s best to be prepared.

“Pharmacists are also there for you for help with common ailments should you need them. They are highly qualified health professionals who can give free, confidential advice and help you get the right medications for everyday illnesses.”

Easter bank holiday pharmacy opening times

A number of pharmacies are open on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Residents are advised to check the opening times in the link below and to call their local pharmacy before travelling, just to make sure nothing has changed and that they are still open. Information will be added to the links as the opening times come into the CCGs. 

You can view the pharmacy times here: 

Anyone in Sefton can also refer to Sefton’s good health checklist, which can help you find the right health advice or treatment when you need it.

You can find the good health checklist online at:

Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health thanks COVID test centre staff

Margaret Jones, Director of Public Health in Sefton
Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health

With Sefton’s COVID-19 testing centres closing this week, the Borough’s Director of Public Health Margaret Jones has issued a message of thanks to all those who have been staffing them.

Spread

Mrs Jones said: “COVID Test centres have played a huge role in helping prevent the spread of coronavirus infections in Sefton so I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all of those who have worked at them for all their efforts to help keep our communities safe and reassuring our communities.”

Walk-through PCR test centres for people with COVID-19 symptoms were first set up in August 2020. The first two were at Bootle and Southport Town Halls with a further two at Crosby Library and Netherton Activity Centre being added. They will close after Thursday 31st March.

Closures

This week also sees the closure of Sefton’s rapid test sites for people without symptoms, at Sefton’s Bootle Town Hall, Bootle Strand Shopping Centre and Southport Splash World.

The Southport Dunes closed on Sunday 27th March, The Strand site closed on Monday 28th March and the Bootle Town Hall site’s final day is Thursday 31st March when it will close at 3pm.

Sefton Council has supported staff at the Council testing centres to access redeployment opportunities into other roles.

Thousands of people

Margaret Jones added: “By carrying rapid LFD tests for people without symptoms, handing out free home test kits and dispensing advice, staff at rapid test centres have helped thousands of people make sure they are not passing on the virus without knowing it because they don’t have symptoms.

“This has been invaluable in terms of protecting those people vulnerable to COVID’s potentially serious effects and reducing pressure on our health service.

“I am so grateful for all their hard work and wish them well for the future.”

Sefton Council has advised people to remain cautious and considerate to others. Advice includes continuing to wear face coverings in busy indoor areas and on public transport and maintaining distancing where necessary.

Sefton’s COVID-19 test sites to close over coming week

Sefton’s COVID-19 test sites will be closing next week in line with the Government ending funding for local testing from the start of April.

Walk-through

This means the walk-through PCR test sites for people with COVID symptoms, at Bootle Town Hall, Crosby Library Car Park, Haigh Road, Netherton Activity Centre and Southport Town Hall will all close from Friday 1st April.

Until then they will be open from 8am to 6pm.

People can book a PCR test by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119.

Also, the rapid test sites for people without symptoms, at Sefton’s Bootle Town Hall, Bootle Strand Shopping Centre and Southport Splash World, will be closing.

Photo of Home Testing Kit components
Home Testing Kit components

Free test kits

Until they do people can still visit them to collect free, rapid LFD home test kits while stocks last.

The Southport Dunes site will close from 3pm on Sunday 27th March.

The Strand site will close from 3pm on Monday 28th March.

The Bootle Town Hall site’s final day is Thursday 31st March when it will close at 3pm.

People who require support with testing can collect LFD test kits as well as get a test and advice, at one of the walk-through rapid test sites until they close.

Drive-through

Drive-through mobile test unit visits to Sefton will also end from Friday 1st April but are scheduled for:

  • Friday 25 Maghull at Town Hall
  • Saturday 26 at Southport Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 27 at Southport Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 28 at Litherland Sports Park
  • Tuesday 29 at Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 31 at Maghull Town Hall

Mobile Units are open from 10am to 3pm.

Concern

Recently Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Ian Moncur, expressed concern that the Government is ending free LFD COVID testing at a time when COVID case numbers in the UK are rising.

Cllr Moncur said: “This could lead to a rise in infection levels across Sefton’s communities and increased pressure on our medical services again.”

Cllr Moncur also said he was worried that the charges for tests could mean households on the lowest incomes will have to decide whether they can afford a COVID test before visiting someone who is potentially vulnerable.

He said: “Those least able to pay are being put at the most risk with a greater chance they might unknowingly passing on COVID to those vulnerable relatives, friends and colleagues.”

Could your home become a Sefton heritage site?

Sefton Council is asking local history lovers to nominate buildings and landmarks they feel should be given special heritage status.

The Merseyside Local Heritage List project, which covers Sefton, Knowsley and Wirral, seeks to identify buildings and assets that have significant local importance to its surrounding communities.

To coincide with the launch of the project, Sefton Council are giving residents the opportunity to nominate what they believe are important assets that are not yet protected but have significant heritage interest.

Currently there are more than 800 listed buildings and 25 conservation areas in the borough, meaning they have special protection status from development and alterations.

Locations that are being considered for inclusion in the Merseyside Local Heritage List are:

• Historic buildings
• Buildings of distinctive architectural or artistic style
• Buildings can be residential, commercial, industrial, militaria, leisure or with a strong presence in the community
• Built features such as; memorials, old boundary walls or bridges in local materials, water pumps, or historic street furniture

Councillor Daren Veidman, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Building Control said: “We’re delighted to have secured funding for the Merseyside Local Heritage List and the opportunity to build on Sefton Council’s existing heritage work in enhancing the historic built environment around the borough.

“The distinctiveness of our towns and villages is so important and maintaining our rich heritage helps keep our communities desirable places to live, visit and work.

“We believe residents are in the best position to identify those heritage buildings that positively contribute to the local identity and character of their area and hope that residents will nominate them for the local list project.”

Running from March 23, 2022 until March 31, 2023, residents can nominate assets via www.local-heritage-list.org.uk/Merseyside.

Here you will also find lots of help and guidance on the project and more information on the types of assets to nominate.

For more information on the Local Heritage List, and to register your interest visit Merseyside Local Heritage List or email: localheritagelist@sefton.gov.uk

Walk-through COVID rapid test centres winding down ahead of Government end date

With the Government ending funding for local testing from the start of April, Sefton Council is winding down the Borough’s COVID 19 Test Centres for people without coronavirus symptoms.

This week

Since Monday 14th March, the hours at Sefton’s Bootle Town Hall, Bootle Strand Shopping Centre and Southport Splash World rapid test centres have reduced to 8am to 4pm, from Monday to Sunday. The Strand Shopping Centre remains open 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

Free, rapid LFD test kits remain available at the test centres.

People who require support with testing can also get their test, and advice, at one of the Centres.

Next Week

From Monday 21st March, hours will be reduced to 8am to 3pm. On Sunday 27th March the Test Centre at The Strand will be open from 10am to 3pm.

During the following week, from Monday 28th March all three sites will be closed with dates still to be confirmed.

PCR tests

For the rest of March, people who do have coronavirus symptoms of a new continuous cough, a fever or a loss of smell or taste, can still get a PCR test at one of Sefton’s four local walk-through test centres.

These are located at Bootle Town Hall, Crosby Library Car Park, Haigh Road, Netherton Activity Centre and Southport Town Hall and are open every day from 8am to 6pm. They will also close after Friday 1st April.

Drive-through Mobile Testing Units will also be visiting Litherland Sports Park, Maghull Town Hall and Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride through March.

You can find a link to the schedule here.  

Book a test

People can book a PCR test by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus  or calling 119.

Sefton Council is now working to help the people who have been working at its Test Centres through redeployment into other roles.

The Government has informed Sefton Council that it could take up to six months to dismantle PCR test centres after they close.

Search Box