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Help keep your heart happy in Sefton this Know Your Numbers Week

Health experts in Sefton are urging local residents to find out if their heart is happy and get their blood pressure checked for free as part of Know Your Numbers! Week (September 9-15).

Shockingly, 30,000 people in Sefton have high blood pressure and don’t know, this puts them a higher risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney disease and dementia.

Professional’s from Sefton Council, Living Well Sefton (LWS), NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are working together to encourage residents to know their numbers and help prevent heart attacks or a stroke so that they can live healthier for longer.

Throughout Know Your Numbers! Week, Living Well Sefton will be offering free blood pressure checks at the following locations:

  • Smokefree Sefton, Bootle Strand – Monday, 9 September, 10am-12pm
  • Southport Community Centre – Tuesday, 10 September, 10am-12pm
  • Feel Good Factory, Netherton – Wednesday, 11 September, 10am-12pm
  • Sefton Opera, Bootle – Wednesday, 11 September, 1pm-2.30pm 
  • Parenting 2000, Mornington Road, Southport – Thursday, 12 September, 2pm-4pm
  • Strand by Me, Bootle Strand, – Friday, 13 September, 10am-12pm

Living Well Sefton will also be offering mini health checks, including a blood pressure test, at Strand by Me in Bootle, Thursday, 12 September, 10am-12pm.

Many key risk factors for developing high blood pressure are largely lifestyle-related such as eating too much salt, not enough fruit and vegetables, being overweight, drinking too much alcohol and not taking enough exercise. High blood pressure is also more likely in older people, if it runs in your family and if you are of African, Caribbean or South-Asian descent.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “It is so important to keep on top of your health and so I am urging Sefton residents to take this opportunity to get your blood pressure checked for free.

“High blood pressure is a largely preventable and treatable condition but contributes to the leading causes of death. Having your blood pressure checked is an important step to knowing and reducing your risk of stroke, heart attack or heart failure.”

Karen Nolan, Living Well Sefton programme manager, added: “We are happy to be part of Know Your Numbers! Week and can support local people to make minor lifestyle changes that can make a big difference to their blood pressure.

“The Know Your Numbers campaign is a great way to raise awareness of keeping track of your blood pressure but we want to let residents know Living Well can offer support all year round.”

Brendan Prescott, deputy chief nurse at NHS South Sefton CCG and NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “Many pharmacies across Sefton will provide information and advice on simple steps to keep blood pressure under control and some will measure your blood pressure accurately.

“A blood pressure check is quick, free, painless and could save your life. You can also have a free blood pressure check in your GP surgery or use an appropriate and recommended home testing machine.”

To find your nearest pressure station online visit: www.happy-hearts.co.uk 

Sefton residents invited to health commissioners’ meetings

Health commissioners in Sefton are inviting local residents with an interest in their work to come along to their next governing body meetings.

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG hold their bi-monthly governing body meetings in public, so that people can listen to the discussions and the decision making processes of the doctors, nurses and other health professionals that make up these forums. 

Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “As always, members of the public are encouraged to attend our governing body meetings. At these meetings you will be able to listen to us make decisions and will learn about the developments happening in the area.”

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “Attending one of our governing body meetings is a good way to find out about the work that’s been happening in Sefton over the past couple of months and to learn about our plans for the future.

“The decisions we make at these meetings have an impact on the whole community, that’s why everyone is encouraged to attend.”

NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s governing body meeting will take place on Wednesday 4 September at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand.  

NHS South Sefton CCG’s governing body meeting will take place on Thursday 5 September at Merton House, Stanley Road in Bootle at 1pm. Papers will be made available here beforehand. 

Attendees have the chance to ask questions shortly before the meeting formally starts. To confirm attendance or for more information please call 0151 317 8456. 

Your chance to have a ‘Big Chat’ with local health commissioners

 The events are an opportunity for residents to find out about the work that their local CCG has carried out in the past year. Attendees are also invited to share their experiences of local health services and give their views about the CCGs’ latest and forthcoming programmes and plans for the next 12 months. 

Dr Craig Gillespie, local GP and NHS South Sefton CCG chair, said: “These events give people the chance to have a chat with their local health commissioners and share their feedback about our plans. We will also combine these events with our Annual General Meeting (AGM), so people can find out about how well we have performed during the past year.”

 Dr Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “There will also be a ‘marketplace’ of information stalls promoting local health, care and support services. Some of the services attending the events will include Macmillan, Healthwatch Sefton and a 7-day GP extended access.

 “The feedback we receive during these kinds of events is really useful. I encourage anyone that is interested in finding out more about local health services and commissioning, and who is interested in sharing their views on these topics, to attend one of our ‘Big Chat’ events.”

 The ‘Big Chat’ events will take place on:

  • NHS Southport and Formby CCG: Tuesday 10 September, 1pm to 4.30pm at The Bliss Hotel (formerly the Ramada Hotel) adjacent to Floral Hall on the waterfront in Southport, PR9 0DZ.
  • NHS South Sefton CCG: Thursday 12 September, 1pm to 4.30pm at Bootle Cricket Club, Wadham Road, L20 2DD.

Residents are encouraged to attend the event for their local CCG in order to get the most relevant information.

 People are asked to register in advance by emailing southportandformby.ccg@nhs.net for the event on 10 September, or southsefton.ccg@nhs.net for the event on 12 September. You can also register by calling 0151 317 8456. 

 For more information on the events visit the CCG websites:

https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/our-chat-events

https://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/our-chat-events/

 

Share your stories to promote positive mental health

sefton in mindSefton Council is preparing to launch this year’s 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign and is calling upon community groups, individuals and organisations in Sefton to get in touch and share stories about where and when they spend their time to find friendship and support.

Now in its third year, 30 Days of Sefton in Mind uses the 30 days that fall between World Suicide Prevention Day (10 September) and World Mental Health Day (10 October) to promote positive mental health across the borough and signpost residents to the many services available to them.

Sefton’s Year of Friendship will link in closely with this year’s theme for 30 Days of Sefton in Mind which will look to promote supportive communitiesand help people make new friends. This could be a 5 a-side football team, an LGBT support group or a gardening club. The Council wants to hear about any sports teams, coffee mornings, support groups and other activities that help bring people in Sefton together. 

To get involved in this year’s campaign tell the Council about your experience or groups and tweet it along with a photograph to @SeftonCouncil using the hashtag #30DaysofSeftonInMind or alternatively email communications@sefton.gov.uk by Friday, 30 August.  Tell us about the group or activity, where and when it happens, how it helps and how to access it.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The 30 Days of Sefton in Mind campaign continues to go from strength to strength and is an invaluable way for us to promote positive mental health in Sefton.

“Loneliness and social isolation is known to have a detrimental effect on mental health so by promoting groups and activities that bring Sefton residents together we hope that we can help people make new friends and feel less lonely especially during the Year of Friendship.”

Last year, the campaign celebrated the places in Sefton people went to promote their mental health. Submissions from residents were used to create Sefton’s Positive Mental Health Map that can be viewed online atwww.mysefton.co.uk/

The Council encouraged residents to share their favourite places in the borough for their mental health and these submissions helped to shape a positive mental health map that can be viewed online atwww.mysefton.co.uk/PositiveMentalHealthMap.  

The campaign is led by Sefton Council and supported by Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Southport and Formby CCG and Sefton Council for Voluntary Service.

CCGs back Red Box Project

Over the past few months, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have been busy collecting sanitary product donations for women who struggle to access them as part of the Red Box Project – Sefton.

 The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing local schools with red boxes filled with free period products.

 It was founded in March 2017 by three friends who became aware of ‘period poverty’ through news reports. They were angered that some young women were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period.

 Mandy Smith, Sefton coordinator at Red Box Project – Sefton, set up the service in Sefton. The initiative then sent the department the materials needed to set up a donation point in the kitchen at the Sefton CCG building.

 Mandy said: “This is a great initiative to support our community, it felt like an opportunity not to be missed. We have collected a box full of period product donations for local schools and are proud to be supporting young people throughout their periods.

“No child should miss out on their education because they cannot afford period products.”

 Martin McDowell, deputy chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, added: “This is a fantastic initiative and I want to thank Mandy for getting us all involved.

“We are keen to help tackle health inequalities and to create a progressive, supportive environment which is why we got involved with the project, we hope it helps.”

To find out more about the Red Box Project and get involved, visit: www.redboxproject.org   

 

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