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Sefton Leisure Centres to temporarily close to help fight COVID19

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19 Sefton Council have taken the decision to temporarily close our Leisure Centres.

This includes Dunes Leisure Centre, Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, Bootle Leisure Centre, Litherland Sports Park, Netherton Activity Centre and Meadows Leisure Centre.

The last day of operation will be Friday, March 20th.

All activities including swimming lessons are also suspended until further notice. This also extends to community based Active Sefton sessions and the Easter Be Active Programme.

We are fully aware of the incredible value our Leisure Centres and wider activities hold for the health and wellbeing of our communities.

However due to recent government guidance, these temporary arrangements are crucial to help in the next phase of the government’s plan to tackle the outbreak.

It is still very important to remain as active as possible during this time. We will do our absolute best to provide helpful hints, tips and guidance for residents via our social media channels and recommend that residents remain active at a social distance utilising the outdoors where possible.

All direct debit payments will automatically be suspended until the Leisure Centres reopen and as such there is no need to contact us to arrange this.

We apologise for any inconvenience and we thank you for your understanding at this time.

Sefton calls on Department for Health for funding clarity

Sefton Council have written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care for clarification on as yet unreleased public health grant funding.

The leader of the council, Cllr Ian Maher, has expressed his disappointment on behalf of the authority to Secretary of State Matt Hancock after the government failed to release the funding.

Sefton Council commissions and delivers a number of crucial public health services including smoking cessation, drug and alcohol services and integrated wellness services, which help keep people well and stop them needing more expensive NHS interventions.

However without clear and detailed budgets from the Department for Health and Social Care, local authorities, including Sefton, will struggle to effectively plan for these vital services in the future.

Cllr Ian Maher, Leader of Sefton Council, said: “At a time when the NHS is facing unprecedented levels of demand, not supporting the very services that can help keep people well and away from the NHS is an absolute false economy.

“I call on the Secretary of State on behalf of our wonderful communities to release our public health funding allocation immediately and to make that allocation one of significant growth to allow us to continue prioritising prevention services.”

For more information about the vital work Sefton Council’s Public Health team do across the borough, visit


Know the symptoms of Ovarian Cancer and save lives!

In support of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this March, health leaders at NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are encouraging local women to learn the key symptoms of ovarian cancer.

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Free cancer support event taking place in Southport

Local people in Southport who have been affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly, are invited to an upcoming ‘Health and Wellbeing Event’. The Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre is holding the event on Thursday March 19 from 2pm-4:30pm at the Royal Clifton Hotel in Southport.

 The event aims to support people following a cancer diagnosis by providing information on the wide range of services which are available locally, as well as healthy living activities. The event is free and friendly, on the day there will be around 40 local organisations, clinical nurse specialists and representatives from local support groups – all available to offer their expertise and help.

 Dr Graeme Allan, Macmillan GP and clinical cancer lead for NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“These events are ideal for people to come and meet others who have had a similar experience. We have had great feedback from previous events and many people who attended have gone on to join one of the support groups such as the walking, cycling or craft group. These are a great way to meet people and get out and about during or after treatment.”

 As usual the wonderful Singing Group will be opening the event. There will also be Volunteers from Sefton OPERA offering free complementary therapy tasters and there will be a healthy food demonstration.

 During the event there will be a breakout session which will cover the HOPE course, the centre volunteer counselling service and mindfulness. The HOPE course is a 6-week course aimed at helping people get their lives back on track following a cancer diagnosis. There will then be the opportunity to discover for yourself what mindfulness is all about.

 Tanya Mulvey the Southport Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Centre Manager said: “The feedback we get from these events is that people enjoy meeting others they can chat to, whether that be other patients, clinical nurse specialists or people from support groups.

“Many people who come to the centre, or one of our events, have joined one of the support groups such as the walking, cycling or craft group, which they feel is another good way to meet others and get out and about during or after treatment.”

 Anyone affected by cancer, either recently or in the past, as well as family and friends supporting others are welcome. The event runs from 2pm – 4.30pm and refreshments are provided.

To book, please call 01704 533024 or email:

Make sure you’re protected against mumps

With cases of mumps in England at their highest level in a decade, health leaders in Sefton are urging residents to make sure they are protected against the infection.

 Provisional data from Public Health England (PHE) shows that there were 5,042 lab-confirmed cases of mumps in England in 2019, compared to 1,066 cases in 2018. This is the highest number of cases since 2009.

 Mumps is highly contagious and tends to spread quickly in settings such as schools and offices, which can lead to outbreaks. The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is the best protection against this infection.

 Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Mumps is often very uncomfortable and can sometimes lead to serious complications including viral meningitis and infertility.

“The most effective way to avoid getting mumps is to get both doses of the MMR vaccine. It prevents most, but not all, cases of mumps and even if a vaccinated person does get mumps, they will likely have less severe illness than an unvaccinated person.”

 Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG added: “If you are a parent, make sure your child has received both doses of the vaccine, the MMR vaccine is very safe and effective at preventing mumps.”

 Young people who are away at university or in college are particularly at risk of catching mumps because they are in close quarters. In addition, those born in the late nineties and early 2000s did not receive the MMR vaccine when they were younger.

Rob added: “If you haven’t received both doses of the vaccine, or are unsure if you have been vaccinated, please contact your GP for advice. It is never too late to get the MMR vaccine.”

The symptoms of mumps include painful swelling of the glands at the side of the face, giving the sufferer a distinctive “hamster face” appearance. Other symptoms include headaches, joint pain and fever, which may develop a few days before the swelling. If you suspect that you or a family member has mumps, contact your GP.

For more information on the vaccine for mumps visit the NHS website at:

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