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Be prepared if you get sick over Easter

With Easter fast approaching, local health professionals are reminding people to examine their options should they or their family members become unwell over the long weekend.

Many GP practices will be closed on the bank holidays over Easter, so it is also wise for people to think about repeat prescriptions they will need before the holiday period begins.

Dr Rob Caudwell, a Southport GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said: “We remind people to examine their options all year round but it is even more important over the bank holidays when GP practices are closed.

“We want to make sure that people have a good Easter break and that they use the right service should they need it. We don’t want patients to become poorly and have to spend part of their holiday in hospital. Another thing we don’t want to happen is for people to run out of their medication but it is also important that they don’t over order to avoid unnecessary waste.

Dr John Caine, a GP in Parbold and chair at NHS West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We are reminding people about the services on offer to them such as advice on the NHS choices website and by calling NHS 111 which will be invaluable over Easter.

“Your pharmacist can also give you useful advice on how to deal with common bugs, such as coughs, colds, sore throats and the flu so that you can take precautions and have a great Easter.”

The local NHS CCGs in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire are reminding people that A&E and 999 services are for life-threatening and serious conditions.

Feeling Unwell? – Examine Your Options

Across the area there are a range of health services to support people if they feel unwell or have any health concerns. There are services which you may be unfamiliar with, but could be more appropriate and convenient for you depending on your specific issue.

For minor ailments and injuries your best route to recover is likely to be self-care. There are a variety of services that can support you to do this:

Pharmacy Services

Your local pharmacy can offer free, confidential and expert advice on a range of health issues. They can help you prepare for many of the common illnesses like coughs and colds and ensure you have a well-stocked medicine cabinet over the holiday period.


You can find a wealth of trusted advice about hundreds of health conditions and details of GPs, pharmacies and dentists in your local area by visiting the website: It also includes a symptom checker.

NHS 111

When you need medical help or advice fast, but it is not a 999 emergency, you can also call the NHS 111 service.  NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and calls are free from mobiles and landlines.

If you need medical care for illnesses you cannot treat yourself, then your GP should be your next port of call.

Your Local GP

Your GP should be your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses you can’t treat yourself. Your GP is available from 8.00am to 6.30pm weekdays.

If you don’t have a GP, you can register with your local surgery. If you’re not sure where this is, you can find out at: or call 0300 77 77 007.

GP Out of Hours Service

If your local surgery is closed, you can still see a GP with the GP out-of-hours service; just call 111 and you can speak to a local GP over the phone or face to face if necessary. 

It is very likely that you and your family will be seen and treated more quickly using the out-of-hours service than if you were waiting to see a doctor in A&E, especially at busy times.

For more information please visit

For Southport and Formby pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday please visit:

For West Lancashire pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday, please visit

Grand National Road Closures in Sefton

Sefton Council is proud to once again welcome The Randox Health Grand National Meeting at Aintree racecourse. 

A number of road closures and diversions have been put in place in the local area, as follows: 

From 6pm on Wednesday 5 April until 9.30pm on Saturday 8 April 2017 the area that includes the M57 Motorway, Orrell Lane, Netherton Way, and Dunningsbridge Road will be subject to control by Merseyside Police in order to regulate traffic, prevent obstruction and maintain safety for local residents and the general public.

In addition, Melling Road will be closed to traffic, pedestrians and race goers between Seeds Lane and School Lane, Aintree, with traffic diversions in place.

A temporary lane closure and 20mph limit between 10am and 9.30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will be imposed on Ormskirk Road (between the junctions with Topham Drive and the Sefton Borough boundary). 

Ormskirk Road will be temporarily closed on the north side of its junction with Park Lane and on the south side of its junction with Topham Drive, inclusive of Brenka Avenue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 4pm and 9.30pm. 

A temporary clearway order will be imposed in both directions of the A59 Ormskirk Road and the Park Lane junction on the three race days.   

The existing Hackney carriage stands on either side of Park Lane will be temporarily suspended. 

Park Lane will be closed, between its junctions with Bridle Road and Ormskirk Road, between 4pm and 9.30pm and access will only be given to emergency services, residents and Sefton hackney carriages. The diversion route for all traffic will be Park Lane, Bridle Road, Netherton Way, Bailey Drive, Southport Road, Hornby Road, Rice Lane, Walton Vale and Warbreck Moor and vice versa. 

Waiting will be prohibited on both sides of Sentinel Way between 6am on Thursday 6 April and 9.30pm on Saturday 8 April 2017. 

Waiting will be prohibited except for residents on both sides of Park Lane, between its junctions with Deltic Way and Dunningsbridge Road, including the residential side of the service road between Nos. 86 and 144 between 6am hours on Thursday 6 April and 9.30pm hours on Saturday 8 April 2017. 

Vehicle access will be restricted to emergency service vehicles, public transport vehicles requiring legitimate access in Deltic Way from its junction with Park Lane between 4pm on Thursday 6 April and 9.30pm on Saturday 8 April 2017.

Access will be restricted to emergency service vehicles and residents in Parkfield, Raymond and Abbeystead Avenue and Lingfield Close from their junctions with Park Lane between 4pm hours on Thursday 6 April and 9.30pm on Saturday 8 April 2017.

A temporary prohibition of driving order will be imposed on Heysham Road on race days. 

A clearway traffic regulation order will run the entire length of Bridle Road from 6am on Thursday to 9pm on Saturday 8 April 2017.

Get a job Volunteering at The Open

This is your chance to volunteer and work for marshalls,
sell merchandise, be a litter picker or even a security guard.

  • Training – Training to include 2 day none accredited customer
    service (12 hours in total)
  • 1 Day Employability – Interview techniques, completion of
    application forms, personal presentation- Either First Aid or Food Hygiene, Health & Safety – all accredited

We are offering two opportunities for you to attend:
Times 1.00pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-7.00pm

Find out more at our open day on Monday 10th April 2017 at 53 Cambridge Road, Seaforth L21 1EZ

Also on the same day:

4 day course in Customer Service skills in Events Employability.

  • Learn new skills including interview skills and applications Level 1 or 2 in first aid or food hygiene

Further courses will run weekly at various locations across Sefton

To book a place and for further information, call Kerry on 0151 934 4546

Click below to view the promotional poster:

Volunteering at The Open poster

Access to Work or Volunteering at The Open Golf

Sefton Community Learning are running a 4 day course specifically for events

 Contents of the Course will be 

Customer Service skills in Events

Employability skills including

Interview skills and applications

Level 1 or 2


First Aid or Food Hygiene


Starting on Monday 10th April 2017

At 53 Cambridge Road, Seaforth, L21 1EZ

Further courses will run weekly at various locations across Sefton

 To book a place and for further information

Call Kerry on 0151 934 4546

£3 million to improve journeys and safety at Switch Island

A total of £3 million is being invested to improve journeys and safety at one of the North West’s busiest motorway junctions.

Highways England has announced plans for major improvements to Switch Island in Merseyside, where the M57, M58 and 3 A roads all join together.

The scheme is being funded by the government’s £220 million congestion relief programme, which was announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling last month.

Construction work at the junction, which is used by over 90,000 vehicles every day, is expected to start next year.

The scheme is designed to improve the flow of traffic and enhance safety, following 49 collisions at the junction in the past 2 years.

New traffic lights will be installed at a height of over 5 metres – higher than HGVs and double-decker buses – so that drivers approaching the junction can clearly see when the lights are changing.

Other improvements will include changes to the road layout and lane markings, new barriers between carriageways, coloured high friction surfaces and better signs.

Bruce Parker, Asset Development Manager at Highways England, said:

“We’re delighted we’ve been able to secure funding from the government for this scheme, and can now carry out the detailed design and planning work before construction starts next year.

“The improvements we’re making at Switch Island will improve journeys and safety at the junction, benefitting the tens of thousands of drivers who travel through it every day.”

Jerry McConkey, Transportation and Highway Infrastructure Service Manager at Sefton Council, said:

“We’ve been working with Highways England and Merseyside Police over the last 12 months to investigate the issues at Switch Island and to develop these improvement proposals.

“It is great news that Highways England has secured this funding and we will continue working with them to improve the junction and make it safer for everyone using it.”

Tony Jones, Chief Inspector of Roads Policing at Merseyside Police, said:

“We welcome any improvements to the road infrastructure which assists drivers and makes the network safer for drivers and pedestrians.”

Four congestion relief schemes, worth £6.4 million, have already been announced in the North West, with a further £21 million set aside for other schemes in the region, including the Switch Island upgrade.

The four schemes will see improvements made to two junctions where the A595 meets the A66 in Cumbria, at Norcross roundabout on the A585 near Thornton-Cleveleys in Lancashire, and at junction 3 of the M55 near Kirkham in Lancashire.

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