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Mobile Testing in Sefton – December 2021

Throughout November , drive-through Mobile Testing Units will be available across the Borough.
These sites are for people 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 December 2021

  • Wednesday 1 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 2 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 3 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 4 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 5 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 6 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Tuesday 7 – closed due to Storm Barra making conditions unsafe.
  • Wednesday 8 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 9 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 10 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 11 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 12 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 13 Litherland Sports Park
  • Tuesday 14 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 15 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 16 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 17 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 18 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 19 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 20 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Tuesday 21 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 22 Litherland Sports Park
  • Thursday 23 Maghull Town Hall
  • Friday 24 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Saturday 25 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Sunday 26 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Monday 27 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Tuesday 28 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Wednesday 29 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Thursday 30 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Friday 31 NO MOBILE TESTING

Our mobile Swab Squads are out this week.

Check our @SeftonCouncil Twitter feed for dates and locations. 

Walk-through test centres

In addition, local walk-through test centres are open , 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.

These are at:

  • Splash World car park – open from 8am to 6pm seven days a week.
  • Bootle Strand site, the former H Samuel unit, is open 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sundays.

Those with symptoms wanting 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.

Find out more about COVID in Sefton, including testing and vaccinations.

Sefton Council secures prosecution over counterfeit vodka found in Southport

Counterfeit bottles of vodka discovered in Southport
Counterfeit bottles of vodka discovered in Southport

Sefton Council’s Legal Team has gained a successful prosecution after a Southport business was found to be storing vodka that was deemed unfit for human consumption.

At Sefton Magistrates Court on Wednesday, District Judge Boswell found defendant, Mr Wojtek Lazarz guilty of two charges, and the company, Smakus Foods Limited, guilty of one.

Fined

Mr Lazarz was fined ÂŁ1,450 and Smakus Foods Limited, ÂŁ1,050, while Sefton Council received ÂŁ1,000 towards its costs.

After suspected sales of counterfeit vodka were reported in Southport in 2019, Sefton Council’s Environmental Health team began an investigation.

Counterfeit bottles

They liaised with the makers of Glen’s Vodka, which was how the alcohol was being sold, who told the team how to identify the counterfeit bottles, which were found on sale in several Southport locations.

Mr Lazarz’s unhelpful approach when questioned about the counterfeit alcohol, stored for sale at his business, led to the Council’s decision to taking legal action.

National priority

Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Compliance and Corporate Services, said: “Selling fake alcohol that could have a serious effect on people’s health is an extremely serious matter and the Foods Standards Agency has made it a national priority of their work.

“I am, therefore, delighted that the Council’s Environmental Health and Legal Services teams have successfully carried out this investigation and prosecution as part of their work to protect local people and prevent this dangerous activity.”

Anyone who suspects dangerous or counterfeit alcohol is on sale can contact the Council’s Environmental Health team at etscontact@sefton.gov.uk or by calling the Council’s Contact Centre on 0845 140 0345.

Cllr Paulette Lappin added: “Events like this in Sefton are not common but I would ask anyone who notices anything suspicious to contact us so that we can investigate and take action.”

Boots-on-the-ground approach kick starts vaccination rush in Sefton

One of the boots-on-the-ground team out and about in L20
One of the boots-on-the-ground team out and about in L20

Sefton health bosses are hailing their boots-on-the-ground approach to boosting vaccination rates a success.

By the third of four planned days, drop-in vaccination slots being promoted at the Knowsley Road Pharmacy in Bootle were filling up and local people were making online and telephone appointments for jabs.

Information

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “By going out and talking to people in parts of Sefton’s Derby and Linacre wards where numbers of people vaccinated were lower, we found people were keen to get their jabs but just needed more information.

“Some thought that because they had not been able to attend their vaccination appointment on the letter they had received, they had missed their chance while others were unclear where jabs were available.

“By going out to these areas, where we know people are juggling busy work and school lives and are less likely to engage with our social media and online messages, has provided the additional information people have needed to access the vaccinations that will enable them to protect themselves and others.

Sefton Council’s Covid Engagement Officers and members of its Swab Squad have been out, last week and this week, in Sefton’s L20 postcode area talking to residents and handing out flyers with details of how to access vaccinations.

Knowsley Road Pharmacy reported last week that they had been significantly busier and this week their sessions have filled up fast.

Lots of places

Dr Pete Chamberlain, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Whether you need your first, second or booster jab there are lots of places to get your vaccination across Sefton as well as Knowsley Road.

“Anyone in Sefton aged 18 and over, can find a walk-in vaccination site or book a vaccination appointment at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccination or by calling 119 free.

“And those over 16 are also eligible and can book their first vaccine online or go to a walk-in session.

“Our vaccination sites at Netherton Health Centre, Seaforth Village Surgery and local pharmacies are also there to get you vaccinated and are busy which is great to hear so we are asking you to call and book a time slot before coming down.”

Vast majority

Margaret Jones reminded people that local COVID-19 infection rates remain high and the best way to keep them down is vaccinations. She added: “I am pleased that during this exercise, our teams have called at thousands of addresses and spoken to hundreds of people but have only encountered a handful who are opposed to the vaccines themselves, based upon the disinformation that has been spread.

“It is clear that with a little help, the vast majority of people are prepared to take the action required to protect themselves, their families their friends and colleagues.”

After the success of this initial exercise Sefton Council is considering other parts of the Borough where it might be repeated.

For appointments at nearby vaccination sites, people can call to book a time slot at:

  • Seaforth Village Surgery – 07979938229
  • Netherton Health Centre – 0151 247 6413
  • Davey’s Chemist – 0151 476 0007
  • Smarts Chemist – 0151 922 4984
  • Asda Pharmacy. Bootle – 0151 955 4120
  • Bridge Road Chemist – 0151 920 6361

Smoking cessation midwife service’s success celebrated as Stoptober draws to close

As this year’s Stoptober draws to a close, Sefton Council and its partners are reminding people who live and work locally that any time of year is a good time to quit smoking.

Celebrating its 10th year, and the estimated two million smokers who have used the campaign moment to try stopping smoking, this year’s Stoptober has focused on highlighting the wide range of stop smoking support available.

For people in Sefton, this can include support from the Smoking Cessation Midwife who is based in the Antenatal Clinic in Ormskirk District General. The post is funded by Sefton Council’s Public Health which commissions the Stop Smoking Service for people in Sefton.

Women who book in with the Hospital’s Maternity Services are asked about their smoking status and are offered carbon monoxide monitoring as routine. Women who smoke are referred through to the local Stop Smoking Service for support and help to quit as well as having follow-up support from the Smoking Cessation Midwife and maternity team.  Carbon monoxide monitoring is repeated as appropriate throughout pregnancy with a minimum repeat at 25 and 36 weeks of pregnancy.

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said:
“The Smoking Cessation Specialist Midwife has been in post since January 2019 and is having a positive impact.

“We are delighted to report that we have seen sustained improvement in the number of women giving up smoking at each reporting point throughout 2020/21 despite a very difficult year for everyone.”

Janet Calland, Matron for Maternity Services:
“The national target is to achieve a figure of less than 6% of all babies are born to mothers who smoke by 2022 with the national average currently standing at is 9.8%.

“For Southport and Formby that figure was 9.78% with a total of just 79 mothers were reported as smoking at the time of delivery out of 817 pregnancies.”

People in Sefton who want help to stop smoking can contact Smokefree Sefton on 0300 100 1000 or visit www.smokefreesefton.co.uk. Smokefree Sefton offer FREE support to stop smoking and access to proven treatments and are currently offering a blended approach of telephone and face to face support at a venue close to you. They can also offer workplace support for a group of colleagues who may want to stop together within the convenience of your workplace.

People in West Lancashire should contact the Quit Squad on 0800 328 6297

Key messages in this year’s Stoptober campaign have been that its never too late to stop smoking, that the health benefits start immediately and that people who access their local Stop Smoking service are three times more likely to quit.

Case study from the specialised Stop Smoking Midwife at Southport and Ormskirk hospital.

I first met AA following her dating scan. She disclosed she had smoked through all her pregnancies (13 previous) and we discovered that 12 of these 13 babies were born as small for gestational age.

AA had been referred to the smoking cessation teams at her booking appointment but had not yet engaged with them.

Following discussion and advice about smoking in pregnancy and cessation methods AA accepted re referral back to the smoking cessation teams for support and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).

Outcome

AA received NRT and support from the stop smoking services and was seen again by me at 20 weeks at her anomaly scan. At this point AA had successfully quit smoking. She remarked she couldn’t believe she had done it, and this was the first time she had quit in pregnancy and she intends to keep it up.

The lady delivered her baby.  This was her 14th birth and the 1st time her baby was born Smokefree. Whilst noting the impact being Smokefree can positively have on the new-born, in this circumstance we can also reflect upon the impact on the 13 other Sefton children within this family and how it may have positively impacted on their health, wellbeing and future smoking habits that may have developed.

Sefton’s second week of COVID-19 vaccine drive means more boots-on-the-ground to promote drop-in jab pharmacy sessions

Once again, this week, Sefton Council’s Covid Engagement Officers will be out in the south of the Borough reminding people that local, drop-in COVID-19 vaccinations are available on Wednesday and Thursday.

With COVID-19 numbers rising and national calls for further measures to prevent the virus’s spread, Sefton Council and NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are focusing on areas where lower numbers of people have had their first or second COVID-19 vaccination.

Free, drop-in vaccinations will be available at the Knowsley Road Pharmacy from 9.30am to 5.30pm on Wednesday (27th) and Thursday (28th) this week. Knowsley Road Pharmacy is at 125 Knowsley Rd, Bootle L20 4NJ.

The Covid Engagement Officers, who were joined by members of the Council’s Swab Squad, called at properties on Moore Street, Norton Street, Eliott Street, Pope Street, Hornby Road, Mildmay Road, Markfield Road and the Knowsley Road Antique Centre, in Sefton’s LS20 postcode area. They spoke to residents who were at home when they called and handed out flyers with details of the drop-in sessions. They also left flyers at properties where there was no answer.

Feedback from the pharmacy after the teams were out promoting the drop-in sessions last week, was that they had been significantly busier and that many people said they came to get their vaccine after receiving the flyer.

Margaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health said: “COVID-19 infection rates are rising and the best way to keep them down and for people to protect themselves and others from infections is vaccinations.

“Last week we started targeting one of the areas where fewer people have had both jabs and I am pleased to hear that if has been working, with more people showing up at the Knowsley Road Pharmacy drop-in sessions.

“I would like to thank our teams who will be out and about again this week, hopefully in better weather, as well as our colleagues at the Knowsley Road Pharmacy and NHS South Sefton CCG.

Dr Pete Chamberlain, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “It’s important that we reach those communities who, for whatever reason, may not have been able to get their COVID-19 vaccine and it’s great to hear that the team going out and knocking on peoples doors has made a difference in this area.

“It’s really easy to get your vaccine, you can find a walk-in vaccination site or book a vaccination appointment on the NHS website. Anyone in Sefton aged 18 and over, can get their first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccine by booking an appointment at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now. Those over 16 are also eligible and can book their first vaccine online or go to a walk-in and children aged 12-15 are now being offered their first dose at school.”

Information and useful links including easy-read guides about vaccinations can be found at www.sefton.gov.uk/COVID-vaccinations.

Map showing location of Knowsley Road Pharmacy People can find a walk-in vaccination site or book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please visit the NHS website: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Knowsley Road Pharmacy is at 125 Knowsley Rd, Bootle L20 4NJ

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