Margaret Jones, Sefton Council's Director of Public Health

Don’t jeopardize next lockdown easing by ignoring COVID rules warning

With just over week to go until the Government’s next planned easing of lockdown measures, Sefton Council’s Director of Public Health Margaret Jones is urging people across the Borough not to jeopardize it by ignoring the rules. Stark She said: “Recent reports of a 30 per cent-plus rise in new coronavirus infections in Sefton, and the recent closure of Formby pool after cases were linked to the facility, are a stark reminder that the coronavirus is still in the Borough. “It is vital that if we are going to continue local and national progress back to the kinds of normal ...
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Litherland Walk-In Centre

Litherland Walk-in Centre patients urged to use telephone appointment system

Patients of Litherland Walk-in Centre are being reminded they need to make an appointment. People wanting to see someone at the Centre should call the telephone triage and appointment system on 0151 475 4667. If they turn up without one, they cannot be seen that day or will have to wait outside as the waiting rooms are no longer in use.. This is to comply with Government advice around social distancing and maintain safety. Litherland Walk-in Centre still has two separate treatment areas: The Field Lane entrance remains closed and only potential Covid-19 patients will be able to enter and ...
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Statement: Formby Pool temporary closure

Formby Pool will be temporarily closed for 10 days (from Tuesday, May 4th) due to confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, which have been linked to the facility. All individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as their contacts, have been informed of self-isolation requirements. David Kiernan, Head Of Operations at Formby Pool Trust, said: "We have taken the decision to temporarily close our site for a period of ten days while we work with Sefton Council and Public Health England over positive COVID-19 cases linked to the centre. "The priority for everyone involved is to ensure centre users, staff ...
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Southport skate park ramp refurbishments in progress

Southport skatepark improvements ramping up

Work to install four refurbished ramps at Southport’s skatepark is nearing completion. Specialist skate ramp builders are working between the site and their workshop to refurbish the structures which needed extensive works to replace the specially shaped boards and plates. The installation of the ramps is expected to be completed within the next three to four weeks. Mark Shaw, Sefton Council’s Green Sefton Service Manager, said: “We’ve had lots of local interest in our improvements at the park. Many parents and skaters have been keen to know when the facility will reopen as they’re eager to make the most of ...
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Water safety signage at Crosby beach

New safety signage installed at Crosby Beach

Coinciding with the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Water Safety Week, we’ve installed new safety signage at Crosby beach to remind people of the potential hazards. It’s especially important as we go into the long Bank Holiday weekend to follow the advice of the RNLI and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service at the coast. Look out for the new signs and ensure you know what to do if you or someone you see gets into difficulty in the mud or water at the beach. Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service’s Marine Rescue Unit is working alongside the RNLI to remind people ...
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People eating and drinking outside in Southport

SEFTON COUNCIL’S BANK HOLIDAY SAFETY REMINDER TO BUSINESSES & THEIR CUSTOMERS

Sefton Council’s Environmental Health Team is reminding the Borough’s businesses and their customers to follow the guidelines over the May Bank Holiday. Among the latest requirements for people visiting bars and restaurants that are open because they have outdoor facilities, is the need for them to be seated while drinking and eating. The volume of any music or TVs should be kept to background levels so people don’t have to raise their voices to chat. Also, the national regulations now mean everyone visiting a bar or restaurant needs to ‘check in’ by scanning the QR code at the entrance, for ...
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Mobile coronavirus testing site

May coronavirus testing facilities across Sefton for those with symptoms

One again in May, 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: Dates and locations for May 2021 Saturday 1 Ainsdale Sunday 2 Southport Monday 3 Southport Tuesday 4 Litherland Wednesday 5 Litherland Thursday 6 Litherland Friday 7 NO MOBILE TESTING Saturday 8 Ainsdale Sunday 9 ...
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Mark Shaw Green Sefton Service Manager at Ainsdale Beach

Beach goers advised to ‘plan ahead’ and consider alternative days out as Sefton prepares for Bank Holiday weekend

With the May Bank Holiday weekend approaching, Sefton Council and its partners are encouraging people to consider alternative destinations to its famous beaches. Mark Shaw, Sefton Council’s Green Sefton Service Manager, said: “We understand that that with the recent re-opening of gyms and personal care services, people might be feeling beach ready and want to visit our coastline. “However, we are urging people to plan ahead so that they can make the most of their Bank Holiday weekend safely, and this includes considering alternative destinations to avoid the pressure and risks of overcrowded areas for everyone.” Those planning to get ...
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Don't forget the city nature challenge is taking place 30th April to 3rd May 2021

Sefton residents urged to take part in the City Nature Challenge 2021

With spring in full bloom there is so much to see across Sefton’s parks and coastline and all just in time for the City Nature Challenge. This global event, now in its fifth year, sees cities from across the world taking park – and for Sefton we’re included as part of the Liverpool City Region’s participation. Whether you’re in a garden or visiting a park or a nature reserve, everyone is encouraged to spend some time safely outdoors recording any wildlife or plants you see as part of the challenge weekend - Friday 30th April to Monday 3rd May. Findings ...
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Sign for the COVID-19 variant Mobile Testing Unit at the former Kew park-and-ride site.

Aintree SMART testing centre closes as demand for Home Testing kits grow

Sefton’s SMART COVID-19 testing centre at Aintree Racecourse is closing at 6pm on Friday 30th April. However, SMART tests that will provide a result in as little as 30 minutes, will still be available, 8am to 8pm, seven days a week at Bootle Leisure Centre, Bootle Town Hall (Oriel Road) and at Southport’s Splash World. Home use In addition, rapid test kits are now easily available for home use. A rapid coronavirus test involves taking a throat & nasal swab, dropping the sample into the container supplied and then checking for the result after 20 to 30 minutes. Residents can ...
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