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Vulnerable residents advised to take extra care in the heat

Sefton health professionals have come together to urge residents to be aware of the health risks of hot weather to vulnerable people in the community.

In England, there are on average 2,000 heat-related deaths a year. The most at-risk people are those with underlying health conditions, babies, and the very young and older people – especially those over 75.

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

Hot weather warning“Enjoying the sun is one of the things that many people look forward to over the summer months but it is worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks for some people.

“It is important to protect yourself and others from too much sun or heat, to carry water when travelling and to think of those, such as young children or older people, who may feel the heat more acutely than others.

“Much of the advice on beating the heat is common sense. But before the hot weather arrives, it is a really good idea to think about what you can do to protect yourself and your family and friends from the heat.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, added:

“People with long-term conditions should take extra care in hot weather. We do have a growing number of patients with diabetes and they need to be aware that hot sun can have an impact on them.

“People with diabetes should test their blood sugar levels regularly, avoid dehydration by drinking enough water and take precautions against sunburn as some patients can be particularly susceptible to burns on their feet either from the sun or hot ground.

“Community pharmacies can help you prepare for and avoid conditions associated with hot weather, such as insect bites and sunburn. Although it is vital that if you are feeling unwell and need urgent advice that you call NHS 111, which is open 24 hours-a-day.”

Margaret Jones, Director of Public Health for Sefton, explained:

“Temperatures indoors can be higher than temperatures outdoors that is why we are urging everyone to keep an eye on those you know who may be at risk this summer. If you are able, ask if your friends, family or neighbours need any support.

“When using public spaces please do make sure to follow coronavirus socially distancing guidance and wash your hands regularly.”

Some key top tips to beat the heat this summer:

  • stay cool indoors – many of us will need to stay safe at home this summer so know how to keep your home cool
  • close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol
  • never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, young children, or animals
  • try to keep out of the sun between 11 am to 3pm
  • walk in the shade, apply sunscreen regularly and wear a wide-brimmed hat, if you have to go out in the heat.
  • To find out about the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke and when to get help, visit: NHS Live Well

For more tips to beat the heat and cope with hot weather, visit: Public Health England

For information for people with diabetes about dealing with hot weather, visit: Diabetes UK


Breastfeeding Week

Local people reassured that breastfeeding support is available

Breastfeeding WeekThis World Breastfeeding Week (1-7 August), health organisations in Sefton are reassuring new parents that there is still infant feeding support available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Breastfeeding is scientifically proven to have several benefits to both mother and baby. Studies show that breastfeeding can:

  • help babies fight infections and illnesses
  • help strengthen the bond between mother and baby
  • lower the risk of diabetes, osteoporosis, and breast cancer
  • burn up to 300 calories a day.

More than 81% of women in the UK start breastfeeding, and 17% of babies are still exclusively breastfed at 3 months. Jane Lunt, the interim chief nurse for NHS South Sefton and Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), said:

“Any amount of breastfeeding is beneficial, we recommend for optimum growth and development that babies are given nothing but breast milk for the first 6 months (26 weeks) of their life but we know that this is not always possible.
“Whether you are breastfeeding or using first infant formula we aim to ensure that however you feed your baby, you feel supported in your choice and are enabled to do so in an informed way.
“If you have any problems or concerns with breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, it is important to ask for help from your midwife, health visitor or breastfeeding specialist.”

Charlotte Smith, Consultant in public health for Sefton, said:

“We know that this can be a particularly worrisome time for new families but there are simple steps you can take to help protect your new family. These steps include, washing your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub before and after touching your baby, routinely disinfecting surfaces and cleaning infant feeding equipment after every use.
“World Breastfeeding Week is a brilliant opportunity to remind mothers and parents in Sefton that infant feeding advice and support is available.”
Infant feeding support and advice available:

Led by volunteers, the Sefton Breastfeeding Support Service provides practical and emotional support to expectant and new mothers – call 07752 661 408 or 0151 291 8010 from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday.
The National Breastfeeding Helpline can be reached on 0300 100 0212 from 9:30 am to 9:30 pm every day. The Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend chatbot is also available any time day or night for fast, friendly, trusted NHS advice.”

If you have any questions, concerns, or need some advice (whether you are breastfeeding or using first infant formula), call the NCT helpline (0300 330 0700).


Urgent Eye Care

New urgent eye care service launches in Sefton

Eye CareAn innovative new service offering telephone and video consultations is now providing urgent eye care for people across Sefton. The urgent eye care service (CUES) has been put in place to ensure borough residents have quick and easy access to optical care during the pandemic through the use of online and remote technology.

To coincide with the launch of the service, people across Sefton are being urged not to ignore eye problems, with the number of patients across the area seeking care for urgent eye conditions having dropped during the coronavirus pandemic.
Typical symptoms that the service will treat include a red or painful eye, foreign body in the eye, a sudden change in vision, or flashes and floaters, which might suggest retinal detachment.

This service is commissioned by NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby CCG and is provided by local opticians via the optometry federation, Primary Eyecare Services Ltd (PES) with the support of the Local Optical Committee.
Accessing help early via the CUES service will increase the likelihood of a positive outcome for patients.

Access to the service is restricted to telephone booking only to:

· Identify people with COVID-19 symptoms, at-risk /self-isolating people to signpost to appropriate services

· Offer telephone/ video consultation and self-care advice or provide signed orders remotely, where appropriate
· Offer face to face appointments with optometrist following telephone/video consultations for those who are presenting with urgent and higher risk symptoms (observing PPE guidance and social distancing advice)
· Signpost to emergency services as appropriate.

Patients should be advised to contact a participating optician directly, participating practices can be found at

To access the service, patients simply call an optician from the list.

They will then have an initial assessment over the phone or online to determine if they need a face to face appointment.

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, said:

“The main aim of this service is to ensure people can access urgent eyecare, using the established and expert workforce in optical practices.
“This is essential to reduce demand on primary care and hospital eye services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.”

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, added:

“The service will use technology to provide remote consultations to patients meaning more patients will be able to access services, either at or close to home, reducing the need for travel and hospital visits.”

Dharmesh Patel, chief executive officer of Primary Eyecare Services, said:

“The service provides the quickest access to the right care for patients. This is crucial as delays to treatment can have a serious impact on long-term eye health, and in some cases even sight loss.”

Patients positive about GPs

Southport and Formby patients positive about GPs

Patient SurveyResults from the latest national GP Patient Survey published by NHS England last week show that patients in Southport and Formby overall are positive about the care they receive from their GP practice.

This survey provides insight into patients’ experiences of general practice in the period prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Headline findings in the area are all above the national and the Merseyside average:

• 91% of patients said that in their last appointment they felt that the healthcare professional recognised and/or understood any mental health needs that they might have had
• 86% of patients would describe their experience of their GP practice as ‘good’
• When patients were asked if the receptionist at their GP practice was helpful 92% said yes
• 79% of patients felt that over the past 12 months they had enough support from local services and organisations to help manage conditions

Dr Rob Caudwell, chair of NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

"It’s very encouraging to know that the majority of patients in our local area feel that their mental health needs were understood at their last GP appointment. Knowing that most patients rated their GP service as ‘good’ is also fantastic news and I’m sure this has been helped by the introduction of our 7 day GP service. We know that there are still more improvements to be made and we are doing all we can in working with partners to improve local health services.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, people are accessing GP services differently, for example via telephone consultations and the requirement to wear a face mask if you do attend a face to face appointment. However, please remember that the NHS is here to support you and that there are rigorous infection control measures in place to ensure all staff and patients are protected.”


Nursing Career?

Considering a career in nursing? 

Nurse in a maskThe Covid crisis shone a light on the incredible teams that make up the NHS. Bursaries have returned, so now is a fantastic time to make your first steps into a career where you can really make a difference.

Nursing courses at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) still have vacancies for BSc in Adult Nursing, starting this September.  To find out more, visit to UCLan website and to apply visit the UCAS website.  Where possible, placements are allocated by postcode, so students studying at UCLan can spend their placement at Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals. This will help them to gain valuable experience in their local area, without incurring huge costs which come from moving away during studies.

Bridget Lees, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Therapies at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust explains:

“We know that many local people are facing financial uncertainty this year, so the option of studying close to home, with a placement in your local hospital, and a bursary – will hopefully be an attractive option for many in our community.

“During the Covid crisis we were overwhelmed by the support we received from local people around Southport and Ormskirk.  So we hope this positive relationship can continue and idea of working and studying in partnership with us will appeal to the next generation of nurses.  I am sure that many young people, having seeing healthcare workers have such an incredible impact on society, will be inspired to follow this career pathway.”

Sarah Traill, Deputy Head of the School of Nursing at UCLan continues:

“Nursing is an exciting and rewarding profession, and here at UCLan we take pride in working with our practice partners to create the conditions that enable our students to fulfil their potential and embrace new possibilities. 

“Whether this is a second career or a first step into the world of work and study, our expert team of academics, researchers and practitioners will guide you to become the nurse of the future.” 

To find out more about careers in the NHS:

visit: and for jobs at Southport and Ormskirk



Amazing support from local sewing groups

More thanks offered to the local community from the staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Scrubs makerDuring the peak months of the pandemic, much more staff needed to wear scrubs to work. This loosely-fitting uniform is worn by all staff in high-risk COVID areas – including nurses, doctors and housekeepers. It makes it easier to get changed after a shift, leaving the scrubs behind to be sent to the laundry and professionally cleaned. It is thus reducing the risk of any staff member spreading the virus outside of their working areas, or taking it home to loved ones.

A national shortage of scrubs at this time was a result of the vast and sudden increase in demand. Sewing groups across the UK quickly mobilised networks of volunteers to step in and help.

Therese Patten, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy at the Trust explains:

“Two local groups, ‘Formby and Southport Scrubbers’ and ‘For the Love of Scrubs’ got in touch to offer help. We were very fortunate to receive nearly 1000 sets of handmade, much-needed scrubs for our staff.

“Without this help, we would have had a real struggle on our hands. I would like to say a huge thank you to the hundreds of incredibly professional volunteers in these groups – who mobilised via Facebook at a time of national crisis. The kindness, ingenuity and desire to help that we saw day in, day out, for months, was truly inspirational.”


Nurses Needed

Nurse Recruitment 2020 1
Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals are holding two recruitment evenings for registered nurses and soon to qualify student nurses (not healthcare assistants on this occasion).

Appointments have to be booked via the recruitment team on for the events which are on Wednesday 24 and Thursday 25 June from 5-8 pm. Interviews will be held at Southport hospital in the Clinical Education Centre.

Teams will be on hand to answer questions about different departments and what it is like to work at the Trust. Advice will be available about career development and training. NHS Professionals will also be on hand for anyone looking for temporary roles with the nursing bank.

Bridget Lees, Director of Nursing, Midwifery and Therapies explains:

“We are very keen to invite local nurses and students to come along to talk to us about a range of opportunities and roles.

“This has been an unprecedented time for the NHS. We have enjoyed so much local support, I am proud of all our staff and community for the way we tacked this crisis. We now hope to welcome more people to our incredible teams, who have pulled through this situation with positivity and determination.”

“We hope these recruitment events make the job application process easier. You can just pop along for an hour or so and potentially go home with a job offer.”

To see other roles available at the Trust, visit the website.


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