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Sefton buildings light up blue tonight for NHS Birthday

Sefton Council will light up a number of buildings blue this weekend to mark the 72nd anniversary of the formation of the National Health Service (NHS).

Both Bootle Town Hall and Crosby Library will be bathed in blue lights this evening of Sunday July 5 to celebrate the NHS and health workers both past and present. 

Sefton Council, while working hard with partners to ensure vulnerable residents are  protected from the spread of COVID-19, have also taken time to praise the vital work of the NHS and key workers, many of whom work for the Local Authority. 

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “Now more than ever is the time to show how indebted we all are to the National Health Service and say thank you the thousands of residents across our borough who work tirelessly as doctors, nurses, administrators, support workers and cleaners to keep our incredible health service running.

“We’re delighted that we are able to light up Crosby Library and Bootle Town Hall as just a small token of our massive appreciation for the NHS and we are continuing to do all we can to support our communities and make them as resilient as possible to keep pressure off health workers at this time.”

Health bosses urging people to stay safe as lockdown guidance eases

Sefton health professionals have come together ahead of an easing in lockdown guidance to urge residents to stay safe and continue to play their part in reducing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

From 4 July, as the infection rates of coronavirus continues to fall, new guidance will allow additional businesses to open, people can meet in groups of up to two households in any location and can stay overnight away from their home with members of one other household.

Margaret Jones, Interim Director of Public Health for Sefton, explained: “With the easing of the lockdown more and more people will be out and about. If you can, you should avoid using public transport, and aim to walk, cycle or drive instead. If you do need to use public transport to complete your journey you should follow the guidelines in place and wear a face covering. It is not possible to socially distance during car journeys so, avoid travelling in a car with someone who is not part of your household.

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “As we see more shops, restaurants, pubs, visitor attractions, libraries, places of worship and hotels open it’s really important that everyone remembers that hand washing, face coverings and staying at least 2 metres away from others can reduce the risk of transmitting coronavirus.

“We know that it has been difficult for people over recent months not to have been able to meet with their family and friends but it’s still vital to limit the number of people you see – the more people you have interactions with, the more chances we give the virus to spread.”

“Make sure to wash your hands as soon as you return from the shops or work and use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. This will help to protect you and anyone you come into contact with and is critical to keeping everyone safe.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, added: “If you are clinically vulnerable, meaning that you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus you can now meet people outdoors, and from 4 July, indoors but you need to be especially careful and diligent about social distancing and hand hygiene.

“We all know it is very important to do what we can to reduce the risk of people getting ill with coronavirus. Remember that by following the guidance set out, you are helping to protect yourself, your family, the NHS and your community.”

Here are some useful Coronavirus (COVID-19) links:

Vulnerable ‘will not be abandoned’ when COVID-19 shielding changes begin, says Council

With the Government’s changes to its shielding guidance beginning to come into effect next week, Sefton Council is reminding local people that local support and help will still be available for the most vulnerable.

From Monday 6 July, the guidance says that people who are shielding can meet in groups of up to six people from outside their household so long as it’s outdoors with social distancing.

And then, from Saturday 1 August, the Government plans to tell people currently shielding that they no longer need to do so. They are expected to be told they can go to work if they cannot work from home and that they can visit shops and places of worship, while maintaining rigorous social distancing.

While the support being provided for vulnerable people through the NHS Volunteer Responder Scheme will continue beyond the end of July, deliveries of food and medicine boxes organised through National Shielding Service will end at the start of August.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said:

“Some people who are currently shielding because they are vulnerable or at risk may have been concerned at the Government’s announcement of these changes.

“During the coronavirus pandemic Sefton Council has made around 32,500 welfare telephone calls to over 20,000 people who are shielding across the Borough and has delivered almost 900 food parcels.

“In the next few weeks our teams will be calling all of those who currently receive welfare check calls to discuss whether they are likely to have needs beyond the end of July and if they do, how their support can be provided through our invaluable local community and voluntary sector services.

“We want to reassure those and any other vulnerable people across our Borough that we will not abandon them.”

If anyone is concerned about future arrangements, they can also Sefton Council’s Contact Centre team are on 0345 140 0845 or online via To arrange support from NHS responders, people should call 0808 196 3646 between 8am and 8pm. More information is available at

The Council is also encouraging those residents who don’t require support to consider offering support to their neighbours and communities by volunteering through Sefton CVS at

With the Government’s wider lifting of restrictions coming into effect this weekend, Sefton Council is also reminding residents and visitors of the continued importance of maintaining social distance, of thorough handwashing and of going for a test if they suspect they have the symptoms of COVID-19.

It is also stressing how important it is for anyone contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus to register by visiting or calling 119.

Cllr Moncur added:

“To ensure people don’t the spread of coronavirus to their family and friends and across Sefton, it is really important they follow the NHS guidance about distancing and hand washing and that they participate fully in the Test and Trace process.

“If they contact you, Test and Trace staff don’t care where you’ve been, who you’ve been with and what you’ve been doing. They just want to protect you and other people and prevent the ongoing spread of this deadly virus.”

Mobile Coronavirus Test Sites back in Southport & Litherland from Saturday 4 July

This weekend will see Coronavirus Mobile Test Sites in both Litherland and Southport.

They will be at Southport Eco Centre  and Litherland Sports Park from Saturday 4 to Monday 6 July.

Supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG, Mobile Test Sites are providing clinical diagnosis tests to tell people if they currently have the Covid-19 virus. Tests are available for anyone but they need to have made an appointment first at  or by calling 119.  Essential workers still need to book through .

Key NHS and care workers can now attend regional testing sites, which now include the new site at Liverpool John Lennon Airport as well as Haydock and Manchester Airport without the need for an appointment.

Testing is vital to the ongoing work to overcome COVID-19 and enables key workers who test negative to return to that work. over 5,000 people have already been tested so far at Sefton’s Mobile Test Sites, which have been supported by Sefton Council, NHS Southport and Formby CCG and NHS South Sefton CCG.

Through the Government’s NHS Test and Trace service, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted and will need to share information about their recent interactions. It is really important you follow the NHS guidance to stop the spread of coronavirus in Sefton.

Find out more about the NHS Test and Trace service.


Help Sefton build Liveable Streets for a Borough on the move

Sefton Council wants your views on upgrading and developing cycling and walking provision in the borough following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The local authority aims to increase support and facilities for people to walk and cycle across Sefton, which allow for social distancing and provide direct safe routes to key locations, and ultimately improve the air quality in the borough.

Sefton Council want residents, cyclists, commuters and visitors to the borough to give their views to the comprehensive ‘Sefton Liveable Streets’ consultation, which runs until August 31, 2020.

Those commenting on the consultation can give their in depth views on the area by answering a range of detailed questions.

Cllr John Fairclough, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Locality Services, said: “It is so important for everyone to give their views so that we can shape what we do effectively to better help our communities and commuters.

“It’s easy to get involved, just drop a pin on the map to quickly comment about a specific location.

“Once you’ve left a comment we would encourage you to share the consultation with your friends and family for them to also give their views.”

To comment on the Sefton Liveable Streets consultation, please click here

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