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Lung Health Check roadshow comes to Litherland

Decorative imageResidents across south Sefton are being invited for a free lung check as part of an NHS targeted lung health check programme and a drop-in event aimed at raising awareness of the programme and the symptoms of lung cancer will be held in the Tesco superstore on Hawthorne Road on Friday 24th February, 10am-4pm.

Free MOT for your lungs

Targeted Lung Health Checks (TLHC) are described as a free ‘MOT for your lungs’ and are helping the NHS to spot lung cancer and other issues earlier when they are easier to treat.

A team of trained community engagement and patient advocates from the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation will be on hand to chat to people at the drop-in event and will be bringing their ‘mega lungs’ with them to help show the importance of maintaining healthy lungs and the signs and symptoms to look out for.

Hundreds of eligible people in south Sefton are already taking part in the programme, with patients in other areas including Litherland due to receive their letters from the NHS inviting them to make an appointment in the coming weeks and months.

The NHS Lung Health Check takes place in two stages. Once you accept the offer to take part, you will receive a telephone call and a specially trained healthcare professional will ask you a series of questions. This will take approximately 30 minutes. As part of the check, some people may be offered a low-dose CT scan at a later date, if any risks have been identified.

Peace of mind

Dr Debbie Harvey, GP and clinical lead for the Targeted Lung Health Check programme in south Sefton said: “I am pleased we will soon be inviting eligible people to take part in the Targeted Lung Health Checks in Litherland. Many people in other parts of south Sefton have been given valuable peace of mind by taking part in the programme, and where we have found potential health issues it is helping us to treat them sooner. Early cancer diagnosis saves lives, so if you are contacted by a member of the team offering you a Lung Health Check, please say yes.”

Paula Chadwick, chief executive of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation said: “We encourage anyone who has received an invitation for a lung health check or just wants to improve their lung health, to pop down to the event at Tesco, Litherland on Friday 24 February. We appreciate some people can feel a little nervous about attending an appointment so if you have any questions or concerns, the team are here to answer them.

“It is so important we do everything we can to look after our lungs and these simple check-ups are a brilliant way to make sure everything is ok. And if there is anything wrong, we are catching it at the earliest opportunity.”

Symptoms

The main symptoms of lung cancer include a cough that doesn’t go away after three weeks, chest infections that keep coming back, coughing up blood, an ache or pain when breathing or coughing, persistent breathlessness, persistent tiredness or lack of energy and/or loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss.

Lung cancer can often be caught too late as there are rarely symptoms at the earlier stages. The programme is designed to check those most at risk of developing lung cancer in order to spot signs earlier, at the stage when it’s much more treatable and ultimately saving more lives.

You can find more information on the Targeted Lung Health Check programme here.   

The Targeted Lung Health Check roadshow will be at Tesco superstore on Hawthorne Road, Litherland, Bootle, Liverpool L21 8NZ  on Friday 24th February between 10am and 4pm.

 

Living Well’ bus service returning to Sefton on 10th, 14th & 22nd February offering COVID-19 vaccinations and free health checks

Decorative graphicThe ‘Living Well’ bus service is returning to Bootle and Southport to offer residents COVID-19 vaccines and free physical health checks.

No appointment needed

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

  • Friday 10th February – Former H Samuel Unit, Strand Shopping Centre, 73 The Hexagon, Bootle, L20 4SZ
  • Tuesday 14th February – Park Hotel, 36 Weld Road, Birkdale, Southport, PR8 2ED
  • Wednesday 22nd February – Shopping area on Chapel Street, Southport, PR8 1BZ

Decorative graphicWhen the service visits Bootle on Friday 10th February, those eligible will be able to get their autumn booster before the programme ends on Sunday 12th February.

In Southport on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 22nd February, first, second and third doses for those who are immunosuppressed of the COVID-19 vaccine will be on offer for anyone who has missed them.

Free health checks

Free holistic health checks will also be available to residents aged 18 and over. These include a pulse check and blood pressure check, cholesterol and blood glucose check and a BMI check. NHS health checks are designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia.

Decorative graphicJan Leonard, primary care lead for Sefton at NHS Cheshire and Merseyside said: “I would urge anyone who is eligible for the autumn booster and hasn’t yet taken up the offer to visit the ‘Living Well’ service in Bootle on Friday 10 February to get protected. The booster offers the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19.

“I would also urge people to take up the offer of a free health check from the Living Well service – what better time than Valentines Day to look after your heart and take steps to protect your health and wellbeing.”

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.

 

Get a free health check and COVID-19 jab in Sefton this weekend – Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th February

Grab a Jab graphicThe ‘Living Well’ bus will be making two stops in Sefton this weekend to offer residents all COVID-19 vaccines, including first, second, booster and seasonal (autumn booster) and free health checks.

No booking required

The bus will be parked at the following locations from 10:30am-4pm, with no booking required:

  • Saturday 4 February – Lidl car park, 290 Marsh Lane, Bootle, L20 5BQ
  • Sunday 5 February – Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, The Promenade, Southport PR9 0DZ

Grab a Jab graphicResidents can get up to date with any COVID-19 vaccines they may have missed, including first, second or booster doses and the seasonal (autumn booster), before the booster programme ends on Sunday 12 February.

Free holistic health checks will also be available for residents aged 18 and over, if time and capacity allows, which include a pulse check and blood pressure check, cholesterol and blood glucose check and a BMI check.

Offer coming to an end

Jan Leonard, primary care lead for Sefton at NHS Cheshire and Merseyside said: “With the COVID-19 booster offer coming to an end on Sunday 12 February, this is a great opportunity for people to get either their first COVID-19 booster dose or the autumn (seasonal) booster if eligible.

“The ‘Living Well’ bus service, which is led by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, is designed to bring health services to people in a way that is convenient for them.

“We are proud to be supporting the service, which has helped enable a range of people to get protected with their COVID-19 vaccines and health checks this winter, including successful recent visits to Peel Ports, the Maritime Centre and Change Grow Live, our local alcohol and drug support service.”

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 here.

 

From Crosby to the Costa Del Sol! Runners prepare to take on 300th beach challenge

One of Sefton’s coastal park run groups will cross the finish line for the 300th time this coming weekend.

Hundreds of people have taken part in the Crosby parkrun each Saturday morning for the last eight years.

Overcoming high winds, icy temperatures, scorching sunshine and the occasional blister, they have run the equivalent of the north to south length of western Europe.

Managed entirely by volunteers, the running group would have accomplished much earlier had they not been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Created in partnership between Active Sefton and Parkrun UK back in 2015, people from around the world, including global football stars, have taken to the makeshift course on Crosby’s stunning coastline across the last eight years.

More than a thousand miles have been covered during that time, the equivalent of running from Crosby to the Costa Del Sol!

The success is in no small part down to the work of Crosby parkrun co-director Jan Mullin and Amy Barnes, Sefton Council’s Active Sefton Development Manager.

Jan, who runs the weekly event with co-director Gareth O’Hanlon, said: “Our running community relies on volunteers, from teenagers to retirees, who all get on as a fabulous team week in week out.

“It is an absolute pleasure to be part of this fabulous team turning up every week and working in all weathers.

“Parkrun has had appositive impact on so many lives, improving health and wellbeing for runners and volunteers alike.

“We have faced challenges such as Covid and we continue to face obstacles – some small and some large – but overall, we are a community to be proud of.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, heaped praise on organisers, along with a team of volunteers who brave all weathers to ensure the run still goes ahead.

He said: “Amy and Jan have worked incredibly hard together from start to finish and we are delighted that the event has reached this impressive milestone.

“Jan and her loyal team of volunteers have committed themselves every week to provide a hugely welcoming community for everyone to take part, whether they are walking or running.

“We have seen people from all corners of the world take part in the Crosby parkrun, which is one of the Parkrun community’s few official coastal based runs.

“The statistics are staggering and it is a testament to Jan’s team that they have welcomed hundreds of different running clubs, had nearly 40,000 impressive finish line results and even local celebrity and Sefton resident Jamie Carragher takes part regularly!”

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Sefton Council’s Assistant Director Life Course Commissioning appointed

Following a thorough recruitment process, Sefton Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Eleanor Moulton as its first Assistant Director of Life Course Commissioning.

Life Course Commissioning is the planning and contracting of services to support vulnerable people’s wellbeing and improve their opportunities throughout their lives. This starts with pre-birth health and continues right through to positive experiences of ageing.

A headshot of Eleanor MoultonEleanor’s role will also influence wider planning of services to improve health and wellbeing outcomes and integration across the Borough through Sefton’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

Eleanor said: “I feel really pleased to be appointed in this role and I’m excited to play my part in the important work we will do for the community. I look forward to working closely alongside our partners to continue the Council’s excellent work in providing care services for its residents.

“I am keen to do everything I can to lead the Commissioning team and work with our fantastic partners organisations to ensure we have excellent services in Sefton for residents who need care so that they are able to remain independent at home wherever possible.”

Eleanor will work closely with local partners, including the Community and Voluntary Sector, Public Health, Primary Care Networks, and the NHS. She will report to Deborah Butcher, Executive Director and NHS Place Director for Sefton, and will be joining the Sefton Place Executive Leadership Team in her new role.

Deborah Butcher said: “Eleanor’s appointment as Assistant Director Life Course Commissioning is great news and I am looking forward to working closely with her in the future.

“This role is a vital addition to Sefton Council, ensuring that we are able to deliver high-quality services for vulnerable people across the Borough. Care and support are needed throughout every stage of life, and we are delighted to introduce a role to continue building on our work in this field.”

The robust selection process for Eleanor’s role included technical and stakeholder interviews, with the decision being made by the Council’s Employment Committee, made up of Cabinet Members, last month.

Currently the Council’s Integrated Health and Care Manager, Eleanor brings a great deal of experience in specialised commissioning gained from a number of senior roles in local authorities and her work at NHS England.

In her current role, Eleanor has supported the development of the Sefton Partnership that brings Health, Social Care and partners together.

Established in 2022, Sefton Partnership brings together organisations across the Borough to strengthen the way they work together for the benefit of residents.

People can find out more about Sefton Council’s social care and health commissioning service at: www.sefton.gov.uk/care-and-health-commissioning

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