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Sefton vaccination clinic nears 5,000th jab milestone

Seaforth Village Surgery
Seaforth Village Surgery

Seaforth Village Surgery is nearing its 5,000th COVID-19 vaccination and those who have not yet taken up the offer are being encouraged to get jabbed.

The vaccination site, being run by GP practices in Seaforth and Litherland, known as a primary care network, working together with NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), has administered over 4,900 vaccines since opening to south Sefton residents on 22 July.

People living in south Sefton are being reminded of the importance of getting vaccinated if they’re yet to take up the offer.

Dr Ken Lamden, a local GP working on the vaccination programme, said: “We’re delighted to have been able to administer almost 5,000 jabs and it will be great to reach that milestone in the near future.

“Anyone over the age of 16 can book an appointment to be vaccinated.

“It’s really important to take up the offer of a vaccination and if you haven’t had your jab yet, please call us to book an appointment.”

Dr Pete Chamberlain, chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We are reminding everyone that it’s not too late to be vaccinated and there are now several ways to get your vaccination including local pharmacies and several venues throughout the borough. You can book through the national booking system at your nearest vaccination site.

“It is important to have your second dose eight weeks after your first for maximum protection if you are over 18.”

Seaforth Village Surgery is asking that you call in advance to book an appointment on 07979938229. You can also book an appointment at nearby Netherton Health Centre by calling 0151 247 6413.

Alternatively, to book an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination at one of the many other sites in the area please visit the national NHS booking service: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Booster vaccine doses are now available on the NHS for eligible people who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago.

Since the launch of the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme more than six million people have had their vital top-up dose, including those who are clinically vulnerable and work in health and social care.

Check eligibility here.  

Parents and children aged 12 to 15 will be able to continue to get their jab both at school and by booking in at a vaccine centre online through the National Booking Service. Pharmacy-led vaccine centres that are offering the vaccine to 12-15 year olds in Sefton are:

  • Mary Davey Chemist, 69 Randall Drive, Bootle
  • Ainsdale Vaccination Centre, 56 Station Rd, Ainsdale
  • Leyland Road Methodist Hall, Southport
  • Linacre Methodist Mission, Linacre Rd, Litherland

Check the latest information on vaccine eligibility here. 

Sefton Council Leader ‘confident’ Borough’s people & businesses will continue to protect each other as new COVID-19 variant announced

Cllr Ian Maher
Council Leader Cllr Ian Maher

Cllr Ian Maher has said he is confident people across the Borough will continue to do all they can to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

Best non-clinical protection

Responding to the announcement on Saturday that cases of the new Omicron COVID-19 variant had been found in the UK, Cllr Maher said: “It’s expected that the government will introduce precautionary measures this week, including the compulsory wearing of facemasks in shops and on public transport.

“Wearing face masks in busy and indoor public spaces, is what we have been advising, particularly as a recent global study found masks provide the best non-clinical protection for ourselves and others.

“It’s a minimum effort or inconvenience that can do so much to prevent us, our friends and loved ones and others from COVID-19 as well as other seasonal viruses such as flu.”

Cllr Maher also urged everyone eligible for a vaccination, whether their first, second or a booster to book their appointment now by calling 119 or visiting  www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccination.

Vaccine confidence

He said: “Work is underway to find out more about the new variant, but experts are confident that our current vaccines will continue to be our best line of defence.

“Over the coming days, the Government is expected to widen the group of people who can book booster vaccinations, which are currently are available to people aged over 40 and in other specific groups.

“I would encourage people to keep an eye on the latest developments and book a jab as soon as they become eligible.

“And if you’ve missed you first and second vaccination, it’s not too late to book them now.”

Information and updates are also available on the Sefton Council website at www.sefton.gov.uk/covid19

Tests

Sefton Council is still reminding anyone who starts to show COVID symptoms of a high temperature, a new persistent cough or a loss of taste or smell, should book a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus. And it is recommending that people out and about on a regular basis, meeting up with groups or attending indoor events to carry out regular tests using the rapid home test kits available free from pharmacies and other locations.

Swab Squads will be out across Sefton over the coming week, providing free lateral flow testing kits and vaccination information and advice. Details will be published on the Council’s @SeftonCouncil Twitter feed.

Efforts and sacrifices

Cllr Maher added: “People and businesses across Sefton have made great efforts and sacrifices to look after each other and themselves throughout the pandemic and I want to thank them again for that.

“I am confident that when asked to do simple things like wearing masks and getting vaccinated they will continue to do so, which will vastly improve the chances that we can all enjoy the Christmas we missed out on last year.”

Sefton Community Pharmacy Survey now open

The Sefton Community Pharmacy Survey – which can be completed in less than 5 minutes – is open from now until the end of December.

To let Sefton Health and Wellbeing Board know what you think, simply visit the online Patient Survey of Community Pharmacy Services 2021.

The survey is anonymous and asks you to answer some simple questions about how you use local pharmacies.

It will not be possible to identify people from their responses to the survey questions. The information you give is confidential and no-one else will see your answers, .

Paper copies

To request a paper copy of the survey or to get support with any other communication needs, you can email public.health@sefton.gov.uk of call Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845, telling them your call is about the Pharmacy Survey.

Report

Sefton Health and Wellbeing Board is working on a new report about community pharmacies or chemists in Sefton and the feedback provided in this survey will be used for that report. The information you provide will only be used in a summary of all the responses.

Your information will help to ensure that the services on offer are a good fit for what people in Sefton need. You will be able to see how information from this survey is used in the draft report  – Draft Sefton Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment 2022 – which we will send out in the middle of next year for people to read and comment on.

Thank you for your time and effort. Your views and experiences are very valuable, important, and helpful.

Take part now.

Mask reminder from Sefton Health Chief in light of global study

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

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health has called on people living and working in the Borough to remember that alongside vaccination, mask-wearing is hugely effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Her comments come in the light of a global study, reported in the British Medical Journal, which has shown mask-wearing reduces incidence of COVID by 53%.

Global study

She said: “This is the first global study of its kind and it confirms how important wearing a mask can be in preventing us from spreading and catching the coronavirus. Particularly as even those of us who have been vaccinated can still carry and pass on the virus without feeling any ill effects ourselves.

Analysis of research from around the world into non-pharmaceutical interventions, carried out by the University of Edinburgh and Monash University in Australia, showed that social distancing and handwashing are also effective ways of preventing the spread of COVID-19 cases, but that mask wearing is the most effective.

Minimal effort

Mrs Jones said: “I think all of us will have noticed the drop off in mask-wearing on public transport, in shops and other places locally and on a national basis, but this study is a reminder that we should be keeping it up if we want to minimise the spread of the virus as we head into winter.

“It’s a minimal effort that can do so much to prevent ourselves, our friends and loved ones and others from COVID-19 and other seasonal viruses such as flu.”

Booster

She also reminded people who have not yet had their first or second vaccination that it’s not too late to do so as soon as possible and for those people who are eligible to book their booster jabs.

She added: “I would urge anyone eligible to get their first, second or booster jab or within a month of being able to get their booster to book an appointment today by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccination  or calling 119 today.”

Antibiotics ‘not the answer’ for COVID, flu and other conditions

Someone emptying pills from a jarNHS healthcare professionals are urging people in Sefton to ‘think twice’ before asking for antibiotics to treat conditions such as COVID-19, flu and toothache.

Drug-resistant germs

Their advice comes ahead of this year’s World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, which aims to encourage the responsible use of antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines to prevent the spread of dangerous, drug-resistant germs.

Over time, the overuse or inappropriate use of medicines such as antibiotics can lead to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and become resistant to medicines. This makes infections harder to treat and increases the risk of diseases spreading, severe illness and death.

Sefton residents are being advised not to take antibiotics when they don’t need them, and if they are unsure, to follow the advice of their doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Not effective

Susanne Lynch MBE, head of medicines management at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said:  “Antibiotics are not always the answer. They are not effective against the COVID-19 virus or against everyday viral infections like the common cold or the flu, so seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist to get the right treatment for your condition.

“Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics when they are needed and when they will be effective against a bacterial infection, so only take these types of medicines when you are advised to do so.

“Patients taking antibiotics unnecessarily puts us all at more risk, as it means that dangerous germs can start to develop resistance to these medicines, meaning they cannot be treated in the future.”

Best options

Dr Yvonne Dailey, lead consultant in dental public health at NHS England and NHS Improvement – North West, said:

“It’s also important to remember that there are solutions other than antibiotics for dental problems like toothache or dental abscesses. Antibiotics are not always the best way of treating tooth decay, gum disease or jaw problems, and are not usually needed.

“Always talk to your dentist if you have worries about pain, swelling, lumps or ulcers in your mouth, including if you are worried about oral cancer. They need to examine you and find out the cause of your problems before they can advise on the best options to treat you.”

Sefton residents who feel unwell and need medical advice for non-emergency conditions are advised to call 111, or visit NHS 111 online

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