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April coronavirus testing facilities across Sefton for those with symptoms

One again in April , drive-through Mobile Testing Units will be available across the Borough. These sites are for those with symptoms – a new persistent cough, a high temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell – and can be booked by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Planned dates and sites may be subject to change if testing is required in other locations:

Dates and locations for April 2021  

  • Thursday 1 April – Litherland
  • Friday 2 April – Southport
  • Saturday 3 April – Southport
  • Sunday 4 April – NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Monday 5 April – Southport
  • Tuesday 6 April – Litherland
  • Wednesday 7 April – Litherland
  • Thursday 8 April – Ainsdale Hope
  • Friday 9 April – Ainsdale Hope
  • Saturday 10 April – Ainsdale Hope
  • Sunday11 April – Southport
  • Monday 12 April – Southport
  • Tuesday13 April – Litherland
  • Wednesday 14 April – Litherland
  • Thursday 15 April – Litherland
  • Friday 16 April – NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Saturday 17 April – Ainsdale Hope
  • Sunday18 April – Ainsdale Hope
  • Monday 19 April – Ainsdale Hope
  • Tuesday 20 April – Southport
  • Wednesday 21 April – Southport
  • Thursday 22 April – Litherland
  • Friday 23 April – Litherland
  • Saturday 24 April – Ainsdale Hope
  • Sunday 25 April – Ainsdale Hope
  • Monday 26 April – Ainsdale Hope
  • Tuesday 27 April – Southport
  • Wednesday 28 April – Southport
  • Thursday 29 April – Litherland
  • Friday 30 April – NO MOBILE TESTING

Remaining March dates.

  • Wednesday 24 March – Ainsdale
  • Thursday 25 March – NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Friday 26 March – Litherland
  • Saturday 27 March – Southport
  • Sunday 28 March – Southport
  • Monday 29 March – Ainsdale
  • Tuesday 30 March – Ainsdale
  • Wednesday 31 March – Ainsdale

Walk-through test centres

In addition, local walk-through test centres are open every day from 8am to 8pm, providing easy access to COVID-19 tests for people who do not have access to a car and for those who have symptoms and should not travel by public transport.

The four local test centres are located at:

  • Bootle Town Hall, L20 7AA
  • Crosby Library Car Park, Haigh Road, L22 OLQ
  • Netherton Activity Centre, Glovers Land, L30 3TL
  • Southport Town Hall, PR8 1DA

Those with symptoms seeking tests, need to book ahead of going to either the walk-through or drive-through sites. It’s quick and easy to book by calling 119 or going online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Self-isolation

Should any Sefton resident be required to self-isolate, this means that they must not leave home. Support and advice for anyone who must self-isolate is available here on the Council’s website, including information on financial support.

SMART testing

Only key workers and those with caring commitments during the lockdown should now go for a SMART test if they have no COVID-19 symptoms.*

Full details about testing in Sefton are available on the Council’s website.

Sefton Council looking forward to welcoming people back to refurbished fitness facilities

Representatives visiting site including MP Peter Dowd, Cllr Paul Cummins and Cllr Marion Atkinson

Sefton Council is looking forward to welcoming people back to refurbished fitness facilities at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre on Monday 12th April, as lockdown measures are eased.

Work carried out during lockdown means that users will be able to enjoy a brand-new fitness and spin studio, an updated fitness suite and refurbished changing rooms with new toilets. There is also a brand-new reception and social area, a new fitness class waiting area and new meeting rooms.

Cllr Ian Moncur Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing said

“I’d like to thank our staff who have been working hard behind the scenes while the gym has been closed due to the pandemic. It has really paid off as I’m sure our members will enjoy an even better experience when they return.”

“The gym and lake will re-open on Monday 12th April and new members can book an induction from Tuesday 6th April. Fitness classes will commence on Monday 17th May.

At the site visit, Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills, said:

“These improvements are part of a £3.1 million scheme to transform the whole of Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, which is at the entrance to the beautiful Crosby Coastal Park and adjacent to Anthony Gormley’s Another Place (the ‘iron men’).

“Construction has already begun on the project, which will see new and improved wedding, conference, hotel, dining and bar facilities.

“This transformation is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021 but in the meantime the leisure side of the Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre, including the gym and the water sports activities, will be open for business as usual throughout the work.”

MP for Bootle Peter Dowd said:

“It has been great to come on site and see how this amazing project is coming along and to get a glimpse of the new and improved leisure facilities first hand.

“As part of the original team who worked on the Lakeside when it opened in 2009, it is fantastic to see the Council still valuing the asset and making these improvements.

“Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre is an incredible asset and I am delighted that this investment has been made in order to improve the service for the local community and visitors.”

Also visiting the site Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care Cllr Paul Cummins said:

“I am so pleased that such a significant investment has been put into this fantastic facility which can be enjoyed by people from our borough and beyond.

“The plans for this site are exciting and the development is already coming on leaps and bounds. I am fully confident that this leisure and hospitality offer will be a major benefit to Sefton’s visitor economy.”

Mike Macaulay, Director of Crossfield Construction, commented:

“We are delighted to have started construction on this flagship project.

“It gives us great pride to be entrusted with Sefton Council’s vision to revive the Coastal Park and the wider area.

“Many of our team grew up in Crosby so this project is very close to our hearts and we are committed to ensuring that our work here positively impacts the wider Sefton community.”

Sefton Council’s reassurance about decision to remove trees on Crown Close, Formby

Green Sefton logoResponding to recent comments about the removal of trees on Crown Close in Formby, Sefton Council has reassured residents that the work was only carried out as a last resort and in the interests of public safety.

A Council spokesperson said:

“Sefton is a clean, green and beautiful place to live and the Council is dedicated to maintaining its green spaces which includes looking after 90,000 trees in the Borough’s parks and lining its roads and highway.

“We can assure residents that while the decision to remove a tree is never taken lightly, the safety of residents and users of the highway is paramount. Where a tree is posing a threat to the highway or properties, we need to take action.

“The trees on Crown Close were recently inspected following a large tree failing in the November storms. Over the past few years we have had a number of emergency call outs to this area over concerns about the trees’ ability to withstand heavy winds. After careful consideration from our expert tree and woodland officers, the decision was made to remove the larger trees leaving the smaller trees space to mature and thrive.

The Council have received requests to replace the trees in the future and these comments will be taken into consideration.

If residents would like to know more about the continued work of Green Sefton, they can email greensefton@sefton.gov.uk.”

Unpaid Carers now eligible for the coronavirus vaccine

Some unpaid carers in Sefton are now eligible for the COVID vaccine and will be contacted by the NHS.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and the Public Health England (PHE) Green Book have decided that unpaid carers eligible for the vaccine are:

“Those who are eligible for Carer’s Allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable”

Carers are being contacted in phases, starting with those registered with their GP who are identified by the GP Carers Flag and those entitled to receive Carer’s Allowance.

Unpaid carers who are not yet able to book via the National Booking System, are being asked to wait for their invitation. Unpaid carers who will be identified through the above channels will be contacted soon.

Eligible unpaid carers will be identified in four ways:

  • If you are registered as an unpaid carer with your GP. This is known as having a Carers Flag on your primary care records.
  • If you receive, or are entitled to, Carer’s Allowance. The Department for Work and Pensions will share this information with the vaccination programme.
  • If you are known to the local authority as a carer, and are receiving support following a statutory carers assessment.
  • If you are supported by a local carer support organisation.

The vaccination programme recognises that these sources will not identify all eligible unpaid carers.

Unpaid carers over the age of 18 who are not already known to health and care services can contact the National Booking Service at the NHS website or by ringing 119 to answer a few questions to determine if they are eligible to book their vaccination appointment.

For more info go to the Carers Trust website.

Sefton’s over 50s urged to book COVID-19 vaccinations

Local GPs are urging people aged over 50s in Sefton to book their jab COVID-19 vaccination. programme continues to make good progress.

Thousands of people have already had their first vaccine at centres across Sefton and GPs are reminding local over 50s who have yet to have theirs, to book their jabs now.

Anyone over 50

Anyone aged over 50 living in Sefton can call their GP practice to book their vaccination appointment. Or they can book an appointment at a larger regional centre or pharmacy by going to nhs.uk/covid-vaccination  or by phoning 119.

Over half the adult population has now had their vital first vaccine dose. According to NHS figures, more nine out of 10 people aged 65 and over have already had their first dose.

Greater confidence

Dr Craig Gillespie local GP, chair and clinical director of NHS South Sefton CCG said: “Thousands of our residents most at risk of Covid-19 have already had their first dose at our local centres. As the vaccination programme progresses, we want to make sure everyone aged over 50 has had the chance to have theirs.

“As a GP, I’ve had my first jab. My dad who is 82 and my mum who is 77 have had the vaccine and were glad to do so. Both are fit and well and are relieved that they can now go out to shop for essentials with greater confidence.

“So we are asking everyone in Sefton aged over 50 to call their GP practice today and book your jab. We have appointments available at our vaccination centres even over the weekend, to make it as easy as possible to get your jab.”

While supplies are at good levels for the next two weeks, supply has always varied from week to week due to factors beyond the control of the NHS.

Safe and effective

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG said: “The MHRA, the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organisation have all been absolutely clear that the vaccines are safe and effective, and people should go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

“Appointments for first doses for over 50s are still available for the rest of March. So if you’re over 50 and haven’t booked your first dose yet, now is the time to do it!”

Sefton GP, Dr Pete Chamberlain has shared a video update on the local COVID-19 vaccination programme and is urging residents who are aged over 50 or clinically vulnerable to book their vaccines now.

 

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