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Industrial action by ambulance staff on Wednesday 11th January 2023

Ambulance staff from the GMB and Unison trade unions will go on strike on Wednesday 11 January 2023.

Wednesday’s strike will include staff from across the service, including contact centres and corporate services and will result in fewer ambulances to respond to emergencies, fewer 999 and 111 call centre staff and fewer staff in the patient transport service.

Think before dialling

The North West Ambulance Trust (NWAS) is advising anyone needing medical help on Wednesday 11th  January should think before dialling 111 or 999.

When it’s not an emergency, try the online symptom checker at

But if someone is seriously injured or ill and their life could be at risk, they should not hesitate to contact NWAS.  

Their focus will be on attending to people with life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Patients with less severe conditions are likely to be asked to seek alternatives as there will be delays to emergency responses.

Find out more about NWAS.


Free Lower My Drinking app can help us to reduce our alcohol intake through Dry January and beyond

NHS promotion for the Lower My Drinking appIf you’re aiming to have a dry January or reduce the amount of alcohol you drink, the free Lower My Drinking app can provide you with advice and tools to reduce your drinking to the recommended limit of 14 or fewer units per week or less.


By using Lower My Drinking you can set your your drinking goal and then:

  • Track your progress;
  • Find out more about the benefits of cutting down your alcohol intake;
  • Focus on your motivating to reduce your drinking;
  • Compare your drinking to the rest of the population.

Download the Lower Your Drinking app on Google Play 

Download the Lower Your Drinking app from the App Store 

Find out more about Lower My Drinking here.

Heavy drinking can cause disruptions in everyday life, but it also has a long-term impact and can lead to depression, cancer, and liver disease.


The Lower My Drinking app will give you the expert advice and scientifically-proven tools you need to reduce your drinking to the recommended limit of 14 units a week or less. It is free to download and use for anyone who lives or works in Cheshire and Merseyside (and can be accessed by inputting a postcode).

Designed by clinical psychologists and behavioural scientists, gives advice, and uses scientifically proven tools to reduce drinking to the recommended limit of 14 units a week or less.

Lower My Drinking positive story of mum who decreased alcohol consumption using free app


Lower My Drinking will show you the issues that could potentially cause you to drink more than is healthy for you and give you a set of proven skills you can use to address these.

You can use it to:

  • Change how you think about alcohol and the role it plays in your life;
  • Anticipate situations that may tempt you to drink too much, and plan how you will limit your drinking when you get there;
  • Stay calm and relaxed in any situation without having a drink;
  • Replace drinking in your daily routine with positive activities that will make you feel good;
  • Manage any impulses to drink at the wrong time or in the wrong place by using a mindfulness technique;
  • Improve your lifestyle and boost your overall physical and emotional wellbeing

Healthier and better

Get started today so you can get healthier and feel better!

Download the Lower Your Drinking app on Google Play 

Download the Lower Your Drinking app from the App Store 

Find out more about Lower My Drinking here.


Take on the 2023 Sefton Couch 2 5K challenge this January

Active Sefton has announced that its hugely successful Couch to 5K programme will be returning to Litherland later this month.

Fitness lovers and those wanting to commit to a New Years fitness resolution are all welcome to sign up for the fun ten week course.

Taking place every Monday and Wednesday at Litherland Sports Park, the coach-led crash courses aim to help you get back into shape or rediscover your love of running over a number of weeks

Running for 10 weeks, starting January 16th, registration is just £10, working out at a bargain price of just 50p per session.

The sessions, running from 6-7pm, are perfect training for those looking to get fit, find a love of running or build up stamina. Sessions are drop in, drop out but it is recommended that runners take part in as many as possible to see the biggest benefit.

Running has many health benefits, including improved heart and lungs; and when combined with a healthy diet can result in weight loss. A more active life style is also known to improve mental health and can act as a great stress reliever.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Taking part in Active Sefton’s Couch to 5k is a great way to get fit and in shape

“As well helping to keep you in shape, the programme is also a great way to meet new people and make links with the local community. Good luck to everybody who decides to take part, and most importantly have fun!”

For more information about Couch to 5k, contact Active Sefton on 0151 288 6286 or email

Use online services if you run out of regular medication advises Regional Medical Director Dr Michael Gregory

The public across the North West are being urged to use online services if they run out of regular medication over the extended Bank Holiday weekend.

Earlier this week the Regional Medical Director Dr Michael Gregory asked the public to ensure they had enough medication to get through the extended New Year weekend.


And he said that downloading the NHS App was the best way to ensure you could quickly order repeat medication throughout the year.

However, if people do run out over the weekend, Dr Gregory asked people to use online services at to request an emergency supply, and leave ‘phone and face to face services free for those requiring urgent assistance.

Last weekend, the number of calls to 111 for repeat prescriptions more than doubled on Christmas Eve compared to each of the days before.

Busiest period

Dr Gregory said: “This period is traditionally the busiest in the calendar for the NHS with services being really busy.

“We want to keep as many front-line clinicians available to treat people who are ill and need help urgently. So please help us by ensuring you do whatever you can to reduce the pressure on our services,”

“Hospitals, 999 and the 111 call handling service have all seen a significant increase in demand in recent days.

“If you use the online service for repeat medication you will be able to request an emergency supply of your medication to tide you over until your GP Practice opens again. Visit to access this.

“It’s important that A&E and other emergency services are kept free for life-threatening emergencies.”

The ‘Living Well’ bus is returning to Sefton on Tuesday 3rd  January

The Living Well Bus is returning to Sefton to offer the seasonal booster to those eligible, as well as first, second or booster COVID-19 vaccines to anyone needing to get up to date with their jabs.

DecorativeThe bus will be parked at Lidl on Wellington Road, Seaforth L21 6PD from 10:30am to 4pm on Tuesday 3rd  January. 

Simply turn up

There is no need to book, so residents can simply turn up throughout the day to take advantage of the onboard clinic.

Free health checks are also 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.

Perfect opportunity

Jan Leonard, primary care lead for Sefton at NHS Cheshire and Merseyside said: “This is the perfect opportunity for people to get up to date with any COVID-19 vaccines they might have missed, so they can feel confident when out and about and visiting friends and family.

“The ‘Living Well’ bus is designed to help fit around people’s busy lives by bringing the right services to them.

“The service, which is led by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, has recently been recognised for its impact in local communities after being shortlisted for an HSJ Partnership Award 2023 and we’re proud to be bringing the service to Sefton.”

You can find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine, who is eligible, and how to book an appointment online or find other walk-in vaccination sites on the NHS website:


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