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Mobile COVID testing Units in Sefton during February 2022.

Throughout February, 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:

Remaining dates and locations for February 2022

  • Friday 18 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 19 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Sunday 20  – CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER
  • Monday 21 Litherland Sports Park
  • Tuesday 22 Litherland Sports Park
  • Wednesday 23 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Thursday 24 NO MOBILE TESTING
  • Friday 25 Maghull Town Hall
  • Saturday 26 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Sunday 27 Southport, Esplanade Park and Ride
  • Monday 28 NO MOBILE TESTING

Mobile Units are open from 10am to 3pm.

Walk-through test centres

In addition, four 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.

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 Lane, L30 3TL
  • Southport Town Hall, PR8 1DA

They are open from 8am to 6pm every day,

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.

New, Sefton Council golf driving range to open at Bootle Golf Course on Monday

Bootle Golf Course sign saying 'Driving Range - Coming Soon'
Coming Monday

From Monday 31st January, people will be able to try out the new 10-bay facility at Bootle Golf Course.

By investing in the new £240,000 floodlit driving range, Sefton Council is providing existing players with the opportunity to practice more as well as giving non-golfers a chance to give the sport a try.

Practising

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member Health and Wellbeing said: “I am delighted that this new facility is now open and that local golfers will be able to carry on practising their game through the remainder of the winter months where the short days can make it difficult to fit in a round.

“This is an exciting week for golf in Sefton with announcement that July’s Cazoo Classic will be held at Hillside, on Sefton’s glorious Golf Coast and our new Bootle driving range gives local people to give golf a try and might even give a future Cazoo Classic Champion the first step in their career.”

“It’s just £6 for 100 balls or £4 for 50 and people can just turn up, pay and play, any time between 8am and 9pm Sunday to Friday and from 8am to 7pm on Saturdays.”

Sefton Council’s decision to build the new driving range at Bootle Golf Course was backed by local people and course users during a consultation that took place in 2019.

Improved and expanded

Bays at new Bootle Golf Course Driving RangeCllr Moncur added: “When we consulted local people and course users about how they wanted to see facilities improved and expanded they told us was they wanted more practice facilities, which is just they will have from Monday.”

The new Bootle Driving Range features a dedicated coaching bay and in the future, the Council’s Green Sefton team will be advertising for a course professional to provide this training.

Adult prices to play a round at Bootle Golf Course start at just £13. Information about Sefton Council’s Bootle and Southport Links courses, including prices, can be found at www.sefton.gov.uk/golf. People can also contact the Bootle Golf course office on 0151 928 1371 to book tee times.

You can find out about the Cazoo Classic coming to Hillside Golf Course here.

Sefton Council health chief advises continued mask-wearing after end of Plan B to protect vulnerable with health conditions

Image of Sefton's Director of Public Health, Margaret JonesMargaret Jones, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health is echoing calls from health charities to keep wearing masks after the Plan B COVID-19 restrictions cease to apply on Thursday.

Invisible conditions

She said: “While COVID case numbers are falling they remain high, and masks remain the best way to prevent the spread.

“People around us with a range of invisible conditions or circumstances that mean their immune systems are weakened are still vulnerable to the serious, and potentially fatal, effects of COVID-19.

“Mask wearing is about protecting other people and research has shown them to be the best, non-medical way to do that.

“If we continue wearing them on public transport and in crowded places, it reduces the serious risk that we will accidentally pass it on to someone for whom the consequences could be very serious.

“Maintaining the two-metre distancing also helps, as well as thorough handwashing.”

Changes

The changes mean that from Thursday people in England will no longer be required to wear masks on public transport and in shops or use vaccine certificates. In Wales Northern Ireland and Scotland, people will still be required to wear masks in shops and other indoor public places.

Some retail chains and transport companies are also asking people to continue wearing masks. Also, the UK Health Security Agency’s infection prevention control (IPC) guidance remains in place and patients will be asked to wear a face covering and practice good hygiene when visiting NHS facilities such as a GP practices, hospitals, dentists, walk-in or urgent treatment centres.

Although the Government has stopped asking people to work from home, Sefton Council is asking employees to continue working from home where they can. Risk assessments and safety measures are in place for those Council employees who do need to be in the workplace.

Efforts and sacrifices

Mr Jones continued: “People across Sefton have made great efforts and sacrifices and I know that after the previous, so-called Freedom Day last July, many continued to wear masks to protect those around them including their loved ones and friends.

“I am sure they will want to do so again.

“However, I recognise all of us have our own reasons for wearing or not wearing masks and I would ask everyone to respect those decisions.”

Mrs Jones also encouraged anyone still not vaccinated to book a jab now to avoid a serious case of COVID that could result in a stay in hospital. Most people being admitted to hospital with COVID-19 have either not had their booster or have not had the full course of the vaccine.

Stronger immunity

She said: “We are not fully vaccinated unless we have had two jabs and a booster, even if we have recently had COVID-19.

“Vaccination doesn’t mean we can’t catch the virus or be re-infected but if we do, we have stronger immunity and will be far less likely to be seriously ill.”

Everyone aged 12 and over can now book a vaccination by calling 119 or visiting the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

People can also find out more about local vaccination sites in Sefton by visiting: www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk  or www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk.

Children and young people’s views on using mental health services in Sefton being sought

Children and young people, and their families, who have used mental health services in Sefton are being asked to provide feedback to Sefton CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services). People waiting for an can also take part.

Sefton has been selected to take part in the ‘4 Week Wait Pilot’, a project to improve waiting times for patients accessing mental health services commissioned by the CCGs in Sefton.
In an online survey, Sefton CAMHS is asking young people and their families what they think mental health in the Borough looks like. They also want to understand people’s experience of waiting times for mental health services in Sefton.

Feedback received will help Sefton CAMHS make changes that will enable children and young people, and their families to access help smoothly and within four weeks.

The form, which only take a few minutes to complete can be found here.

The survey closes on Monday 31 January 2022.

If you have any queries about the survey, please contact Sefton CAMHS at: sefton.camhs@nhs.net

New service for Sefton Parents and Families with babies

Smiling woman and babyMersey Care has secured funding from Sefton Council for a 12-month pilot of the Building Attachments and Bonds Service (BABS) to enhance its early years support for children and families.

BABS is a new Parent Infant Mental Health Service in Sefton supporting vulnerable families while mum is pregnant and in the early weeks after the baby is born. It will offer specialist, therapeutic support to families in Sefton to help them build good bonds and attachment with their baby.

Important relationship

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and BABS Lead Dr Lisa Marsland Hall said: “In BABS we believe that relationships are everything and that the most important relationship is between parent and child. We need to support our vulnerable families in the community to build good bonds and attachment and invest well in the parent infant relationship.

“Most parents want to be the best possible parent they can be to their baby, but life is hard for many families and sadly things get in the way.  We want to support parents to separate out their own past parenting experience, issues and struggles from their relationship with their baby so they can be the parent they want to be to their baby.”

BABS offers therapy and support, for pregnant women, new parents and partners, who struggle with their emotional wellbeing, other vulnerabilities, and who have concerns about their bonding and relationship with their baby. Sessions may take place in the family home or in the local Family or Wellbeing Hubs in the community.

Increased risk

Professor Joe Rafferty CBE, Chief Executive at Mersey Care, said: “Adverse experiences in childhood are associated with an increased risk of health and social problems later.

“One in every two adults in England is thought to have suffered at least one adverse childhood experience. Early help will offer support to our families in Sefton to help them focus on staying healthy, happy and independent.”

Parent-infant bond

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Providing this very early support to cement the parent-infant bond where it is needed can provide life-long benefits and opportunities, so I am delighted that Sefton Council has been able to support this service.”

More information about the new service can found via GPs, midwives, health visitors and any other multi-agency professional, who can all refer through to BABS.

In addition to the clinical support provided to families, specialist parent infant mental health training and consultation to multi-agency professionals locally is also provided.

Parents can call the service on 07787 277 524 or email mcn-tr.babssefton@nhs.net.

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