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Swab Squad latest!

Our Swab Squads are out at Sefton’s rail stations and other venues over the week, providing free, rapid COVID tests, information and advice.

They will be at:

  • Friday 1st October 2021 – Asda Aintree – 08:30am until 4:30pm
  • Saturday 2nd October 2021 – Blundellsands Station – 08:30am until 4:30pm
  • Sunday 3rd October 2021 – Blundellsands Station – 08:30am until 4:30pm
  • Monday 4th October 2021- Aintree Station – 08:30am until 4:30pm
  • Tuesday 5th October 2021 – Blundellsands Station – 08:30am until 4:30pm
  • Wednesday 6th October 2021 – Asda Aintree – 08:30am until 4:30pm
  • Thursday 7th September 2021 – Waterloo Town Hall – 08:30am until 4:30pm
  • Friday 8th October 2021 – Asda Aintree – 08:30am until 4:30pm
  • Saturday 9th October 2021 – Blundellsands Station – 08:30am until 4:30pm
  • Sunday 10th October 2021 – Blundellsands Station – 08:30am until 4:30pm

Mobile testing units are also deployed at locations across the Borough on most days in September.


Health advice for anyone concerned about weekend’s fire in neighbouring Kirkdale

Sefton Council is reminding anyone concerned they may be experiencing ill effects from the scrapyard fire, in Liverpool’s Kirkdale area, they should dial NHS 111 for advice.

During the fire, which broke out on Saturday night, people living in the vicinity were advised to keep windows and doors shut and keep medication for existing conditions close.


A Sefton Council spokesperson said: “While the location of the site was not in Sefton, we appreciate that smoke and fumes do not respect borders and wanted to make sure that any of our residents concerned about the after-effects of the fire know where to find advice.”

At the height of the blaze, it was reported that 15 Mersey Fire & Rescue Service fire engines and three aerial appliances were in attendance.

Smoke could still be seen billowing from the Liverpool site on Sunday and local residents were being advised to continue keep windows and doors closed due to ‘poor’ air quality.


The spokesperson continued: “We understand that thanks to the weekend’s efforts by Mersey Fire & Rescue Service, the fire is now completely extinguished, which is good news and the agencies involved will be reviewing the incident.

“Anyone concerned about the after-effects of the fire should initially visit or if you do not have access to the internet call 111 for help and advice about their symptoms.”

Find out more about NHS 111.

Speak to your doctor for a life changing Active Lifestyle referral

Sefton’s Active Lifestyles Team are encouraging people across the borough who may benefit from a series of health and wellbeing programmes to access their services.

The Active Lifestyles Programme, delivered by Active Sefton, run a series of services designed to help residents prevent falls, lose weight, improve their nutrition and physical activity levels and manage health conditions by adopting a healthy lifestyle.

Residents across Sefton who think they would see an improvement in their overall health and wellbeing by joining the Active Lifestyles Programme are being asked to access the services either through registering themselves or arranging a referral through their GP Surgery.

There are four main services, all led by qualified professionals in safe and secure environments.

The Exercise Referral Programme – aimed at people aged 16 and above and designed for people who may be overweight or obese or have health conditions that would improve by taking part in a healthy lifestyle. It includes a 12-week subsidised, supported programme of physical activity, ranging from gym-based sessions, swimming, exercise classes, walking and cycling groups, through to community-based activities, as well as a full health screening before, during and after, including blood pressure, weight and waist circumference checks.

Weigh Forward Weight Management Programme – Our brand-new Weigh Forward programme has been specially designed to reduce the confusion surrounding nutrition and is available to anybody who would like to improve their weight. Suitable for anybody over the age of 16 years who may be overweight or obese, the free 6-week programme is available through friendly group or 1-1 sessions and can be accessed both virtually and face to face.

MOVE IT – This free healthy lifestyle programme is for children who are above ideal weight and their families. MOVE IT is a fun way to learn about leading a healthy lifestyle and eating the right foods to help maintain a healthy weight. Available for children aged 5-16 and their families/guardians, we can work together to learn about healthy weight maintenance in a fun and exciting way over a 6-week period.

Active Ageing – This falls prevention programme is available for residents aged 60 and over who are at risk of a fall or who have suffered a fall in the last 12 months. The free programme offers strength and balance exercises to help reduce the likelihood of a fall, as well as helping minimise any impact of injury in the event of a fall.
The overall aim is to provide the tools to help encourage continued daily activities and maintain independence. The service also looks to improve confidence, builds friendships, improves mental wellbeing, encourages good nutrition, alongside making residents aware of lots of services available in the community to further support.

NHS Health Checks – If you’re aged between 40 and 74, you may be eligible for a FREE NHS Health Check that can help you live a longer and healthier life by picking up early on signs of conditions that can then be prevented such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease, with discussion and signposting on to services that can help improve health and wellbeing.

For more information or to find out if you may be eligible to access services without a GP referral, please contact Active Lifestyles on or call 0151 934 2352.

Local walk-in vaccination centres still available to 16 and 17-year-olds in Sefton

COVID-19 vaccinations are still available to Sefton’s 16 and 17-year-olds.

Young people aged 16 and 17 can go to Seaforth Village Surgery and Southport Centre for Health and Wellbeing as well as some pharmacy-led vaccination sites for their COVID jabs.

Find out how to get your walk-in vaccinations in the:


You can check other walk-in sites in Sefton and beyond via the NHS ‘find a walk-in coronavirus vaccination’ site.

Anthony McNally, who recently got his first COVID-19 jab at a local walk-in vaccination centre said: “It’s really important that everyone gets their jab as soon as they can; to look after your nan and also so we can go on holiday and get out again.”

NHS data from August shows that one in every five of those admitted to hospital in England with COVID-19 was aged between 18 and 34.

Young COVID-19 patients have told their stories of battling the virus and suffering long-term debilitating effects as part of a new film encouraging people to get their vaccines.

Ella Harwood, a 23 year old illustrator from London, was 21 when she fell ill with the virus. She said: “I’m young and fit but I was bed-bound for seven months with COVID-19.

“Before I caught the virus, I was super active and had no health concerns, but I now suffer with asthma which I didn’t have before and a number of allergies.

“I fear I’ll never be the same again but I’m making progress and I’m very grateful that I’m still alive. Please get vaccinated if you haven’t already.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 or need hospital treatment for COVID-19 and they are less likely to pass it on to others. The first dose is proven to give 80% protection from needing hospital treatment. This could be even higher for younger people as they tend to respond better to vaccines. Getting your vaccine means getting back to being able to do the things you love and see the people you love, knowing that you and those around you, are far safer.”

Dr Pete Chamberlain, local GP and chair at NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “There are a number of local vaccine centres where 16 and 17 year olds can get their first jab. Parental consent is not required to be vaccinated and you do not need to be registered with a GP. Check the NHS website to find a centre near you that’s offering the vaccine to your age group. At some vaccination sites there is no appointment required and you don’t need ID. If you have your NHS number bring it, but don’t worry if you don’t have it. Just turn up, get your jab and get back to living your life.”

Those aged 16 and 17 in the UK will be offered a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Further work is being done to establish whether 16 and 17 year olds will require a second dose.

In the video below, young people talk about their experiences of suffering from COVID-19 and long the effects of Long COVID.

Three quarters of adults in the UK have now been fully vaccinated thanks to the successful roll out of the vaccination programme. This is mirrored in Sefton where over 379,000 doses have been administered to those who are eligible.

The NHS is continuing to offer two doses to young people aged 12 and over with specific underlying health conditions that put them at risk of serious COVID-19, or who are household contacts of adults or children who are immunosuppressed. More details are available via year olds that are within 3 months of turning 18 are also eligible to have the vaccine.

Experts in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have examined the very latest safety data gathered from the UK vaccination programme and from around the world, including the US, where the vaccine is offered to everyone who is 12 years old or over. Vaccines must meet strict international standards for safety, quality and effectiveness. Once a vaccine is approved, it’s closely monitored to continue to make sure it is safe and effective.

How to get your vaccine

COVID-19 vaccines are being offered to 16 and 17 year olds at Seaforth Village Surgery and Southport Centre for Health and Wellbeing, you can find information from :

Care home staff reminded of support available ahead of Channel 4 COVID drama

Sefton’s Adult Social Care and Health bosses have written to the Borough’s Care Home owners and managers reminding care home staff where they can find support and counselling if they are distressed by the forthcoming Channel 4 drama, Help.

In a letter sent out this week, Deborah Butcher, Sefton Council’s Executive Director for Adult Social Care and Health and Fiona Taylor, Chief Officer, NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby CCGs have sent a reminder of the free services available.

Scheduled to screen at 9pm on Thursday, Help features Jodie Comer as Sarah, a young care home worker and Stephen Graham as her patient, Graham. Set in a Liverpool care home, the two-hour drama covers the period around March 2020, and the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Deborah Butcher, Executive Director for Adult Social Care and Health said:

“This is an important story that needs to be told but it could bring back distressing memories and emotions for people who were working so hard to care for residents at the time in what could be traumatic conditions with little information.

“We want to highlight to any care home works affected by watching this drama, that help and support is available to them, and have written to all care home owners and managers to remind them what resources their staff can access.”

In Sefton, these include wellbeing and counselling services Qwell, Listening Ear and the Cheshire and Merseyside Resilience HUB, although for some staff, talking it through with colleagues or a manager may be enough.

As the size and scale of the COVID-19 pandemic emerged in early 2019, Sefton Council set up frequent communications with care homes to establish their requirements and to provide them with PPE and other equipment.

Fiona Taylor, Chief Officer, NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby CCGs added:

“During the early stages of the pandemic, it was vital that we set up these communications networks to support our homes.

“It is just as important now for us to continue to be in touch to let those workers who are at the frontline know that we are still here and still ready to provide the support they need.”


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