Archive for March, 2014

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is inviting local residents to have a ‘Mini Chat’ and help shape the CCG’s five year strategy for health services.

Mini Chats are new and offer people a different way to get involved in their local NHS. The events complement the CCG’s regular Big Chats, which give people an update about the CCG’s current work. Mini Chats are more focused events, where local residents are invited to give their views about specific health topics.

The first Mini Chat took place in February and around 30 people attended. The next one on Tuesday 18 March will follow the same format, so anyone who was unable to come along to last month’s Mini Chat has a second chance to join the debate.

Dr Niall Leonard, Chair of NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “We are shaping our strategy based on a wide range of information, data and medical evidence about health and health services in Southport and Formby, and this includes the views of local people.
“Our earlier Big Chats and other public events have already given us a wide range of views from people, and now at our Mini Chats we are asking for help to finalise our more detailed plans for future health services.”

So, people attending the first series of Mini Chats will hear a brief overview of the CCG’s five year strategy, before choosing to hear more about and comment on the topics that interest them the most.

There are eight topics that the CCG’s strategy focuses on – cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, primary care, children and support for end of life patients. Services for unplanned, or urgent care, will also be considered in each of these eight areas.

The next Mini Chat takes place on Tuesday 18 March 2014 at ‘The Atkinson’ gallery on Lord Street, Southport. Registration is from 6pm and the event will run from 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

If you would like to attend, please email D. W. to book your place – or call on –

Archive for December, 2013

This handy guide will help you access the right health advice and treatment over the holiday period should you or a member of your family become ill and need medical help.

1) Self care – stock up on medicines for coughs and colds at home to see you through the winter and make sure you are up to date with repeat prescriptions

2) www.nhs.uk – to check symptoms, get answers to common health questions, enquire about non-urgent health matters and find local services

3) Pharmacist — for advice on common winter illnesses, and the best medicines to treat them – to find your nearest pharmacy log on to www.nhs.uk  or text pharmacy to -.
Download a list of pharmacies open on Christmas Day and other Bank Holidays

4) GP – If you need medical attention your GP is your first point of contact for non-emergency illnesses which you can’t treat yourself, and practices can offer same day appointments if necessary.

5) GP out of hours service – When the surgery is closed, you can still see a local GP by calling your usual practice number and following the instructions to connect to the service

6) 111 – when you need medical help fast but it’s not a – emergency. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call 111 – free from landlines and mobiles

7) Dental services – the emergency dental service can help if you have an urgent problem.

Archive for November, 2013

On European Antibiotics Awareness Day, NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS SFCCG) is reminding people that antibiotics won’t help them recover from mild winter illnesses like colds, sniffles and sore throats, and may make them resistant to these drugs, which won’t help their health in the longer term. 

Antibiotics remain one of our most important medicines for fighting bacterial infection. However, when they are overused bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic – becoming ‘antibiotic resistant’, so that the antibiotic no longer works. This makes treating serious infections like MRSA and C.Difficle much harder, where the consequences for patients are far worse than enduring the symptoms of a cold.    

Dr Hilal Mulla, NHS SFCCG’s clinical lead for medicines, said: “The more you use an antibiotic, the more bacteria become resistant to it. It is important we use antibiotics in the right way, like all medicines, to make sure people are prescribed the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time, and for the right length of time.”  

Over the past few years, Sefton has achieved a significant reduction in the prescribing of high risk antibiotics, through better, more appropriate prescribing of these drugs. Sefton has gone from being amongst the highest prescribers of high risk antibiotics in 2008 to now being one of the lowest in the North West. Good prescribing of these medicines not only ensures that patients get the best treatment for their illnesses, but also helps antibiotics to remain as effective as possible, for as long as possible.  

Hilal said: “Many antibiotics are prescribed and used for mild infections when they don’t need to be. All colds and most coughs, sinusitis, earache and sore throats often get better without antibiotics.” 

NHS SFCCG is continuing to work hard to reduce ‘antibiotic resistance’ by working closely with health professionals around more appropriate prescribing of these drugs. 

Hilal added: “So, if your doctor does not prescribe you antibiotics, it means that they won’t be effective in treating your illness. However, if you are prescribed antibiotics make sure you take them as directed to ensure they are as effective as possible.”  

This means you should:  

  • Complete the full course of antibiotics prescribed to you
  • Don’t skip a dose of antibiotics
  • Make sure you take your tablets at regular intervals
  • Don’t save some for later

 For more information about European Antibiotics Awareness Day on 18 November visit http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/EAAD/Pages/Home.aspx

Archive for October, 2013

Sefton celebrates the launch of its local Healthwatch
Residents, local groups and stakeholders celebrated the launch of local health and social care watchdog Healthwatch Sefton at a recent public event.

Over 150 people attended a morning of networking and guest speakers at Crosby Civic Hall on the Tuesday 1st October – exactly six months after Healthwatch was established in April.

The event was hosted by Chair Maureen Kelly, and featured guest speakers Fiona Clark, Chief Officer of NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (SSCCG) and NHS Southport & Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (SFCCG), and Mark Gamsu, Visiting Professor in Citizenship and Health from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Speaking at the event, Chief Officer of both Clinical Commissioning Groups in Sefton Fiona Clark said “Healthwatch will act as our critical friend, and I firmly believe that we can make a difference in Sefton as one voice by working together”.

“Healthwatch is absolutely key to our work, and it’s really important for local people to feed their experiences back to us”.

Closing the first half of the event, guest speaker Professor Mark Gamsu said “For me, Healthwatch will be right at the front of decision making when it comes to health and social care services. Evidence and data is so important, but the patient voice is what really makes a difference”.

Members of the Healthwatch Sefton staff team also spoke at the event and explained the key functions of Healthwatch, including the new Signposting & Information Service which provides help and advice to Sefton residents on choosing the right local services.

Speaking after the event, Chair Maureen Kelly said “On behalf of everyone at Healthwatch Sefton, we would like to thank our local residents, groups and partners for coming along today and supporting our work. The overwhelming response from the community has been the perfect way to launch Healthwatch across Sefton”.

A full review including pictures, videos and audio from the launch event will be available at www.healthwatchsefton.co.uk in the coming weeks.

For more information on Healthwatch Sefton, please call – or
email –

Archive for September, 2013

A Southport doctor has got on his bike to successfully complete a 300 mile, four day cycle challenge from London to Paris to raise the profile of one of the country’s biggest killers.  

Dr N.L.’s charity bike ride was in aid of Cancer Research UK. Apart from raising vital funds, the chair of NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group also wanted to raise awareness of bowel cancer.

Niall said: “A patient of mine was recently detected with bowel cancer and because they took prompt action when they spotted the signs, they are now making a good recovery. So, I wanted to remind people about the difference that early detection and treatment can make.

“About one in 20 people in the UK will develop bowel cancer during their lifetime. It is the third most common cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, but we know that detecting and treating it early really can save lives.”

Regular screening has been shown to reduce deaths from bowel cancer by 16%. As well as encouraging those aged 60-74 to get screened when they are invited to do so, people are also reminded to know the symptoms:

  • Bleeding or blood in your poo
  • A change in your bowel habits for more than three weeks
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

Niall said: “If you experience any of the symptoms or if you are worried, get advice quickly from your doctor, who will be more than happy to talk it through with you.”

People who take little exercise, who are overweight, and who have a diet high in red meat and low in vegetables, fruits and fibre are all thought to have an increased risk of developing bowel cancer.

Niall concluded: “There are some really simple things you can do to help prevent bowel cancer that will benefit your all round health too. It can be as easy as eating more fruit and veg, less red meat and taking regular exercise. The good news is you don’t have to cycle from London to Paris to make a difference to your health, simply walking or cycling to the shops instead of taking the car can increase your activity levels and have great benefits.”

You find out more about bowel cancer and the national bowel cancer screening programme by visiting www.nhs.uk   For free advice and local services to help you live a healthier lifestyle, call H. S. or visit www.healthysefton.nhs.uk

Archive for July, 2013

If you have an opinion about your local health services and you live in Southport or Formby, then why not come along to the ‘Big Chat’ on Wednesday 24 July, to share your views and join the debate?

NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS SFCCG) is hosting the Big Chat to find out what people think about the care and treatment they receive from the health services it plans and buys, or ‘commissions’.

It is a chance for people to meet members of NHS SFCCG, which became responsible for commissioning the majority of local health services on 1 April 2013. There will also be updates on NHS SFCCG’s work so far and what more it will be doing in the coming months.

Dr Niall Leonard, Chair of NHS SFCCG, said: “At the Big Chat people will hear about the work we’ve done in our first four months and what else we’re planning to do during our first full year in charge of commissioning local health services.

Fiona Clark, Chief Officer of NHS SFCCG, said: “Nearly 100 people came to our first Big Chat last summer and we hope even more will come along to our latest event to tell us about their experiences of using local health services, particularly those they turn to when they need urgent care and treatment, to help us improve them for the future.”

The Big Chat takes place on Wednesday 24 July at Family Life Centre from 6.30 – 8.30pm.

To register, simply call Marjorie Morrison on or email

Archive for May, 2013

Sefton’s Public Health in partnership with other Sefton Council departments and One Vision Housing, are offering families, with a child under five years old, a free anti-scald valve fitted, to the bath tap.

Dr Janet Atherton, Sefton’s Director of Public Health, said: “Each year in the UK approximately 2000 young children are taken to hospital after being scalded by bath water. In most homes the water from the bath tap is so hot it only takes one second for a child to be badly scalded.

“This is why Sefton families are being offered Thermostatic Mixer Valves (TMVs). By supplying and fitting them for free we aim to reduce the risk of children being scalded by hot bath water. They work by mixing hot and cold water before it gets to the hot tap. When the hot tap is turned on, the water coming out of it is between 44 °C and 48 °C. At this temperature it would take more than five minutes to scald your child. By reducing the temperature of the water we are aiming to reduce the number of children getting scalded at bath time.”

Scalds are more likely to happen when a child climbs or falls into a bath of hot water or a brother or sister runs the hot tap when a younger child is in the bath. So, leaving your child, even for a moment, in the bath or bathroom without an adult is long enough for a scald to happen.

Helen Pilkington a Sefton mum, of two and a half year old Finley, said: “I was really concerned about bathing Finley, as our hot tap was always really hot. When I found out about the free valve we jumped at the chance to have it fitted. The workmen arranged a convenient time and they were done and dusted in about an hour.

“I can’t tell you how pleased we are its really helped giving us peace of mind that we can just put Finley straight in the bath. The valve has just brought the temperature down enough not to worry about him being scaled and it’s still warm enough for us to enjoy a bath.”

If you have a child under 5 years old and would like to have a TMV fitted for free in your home, then call Sefton Council’s One Stop Shop on -. Thermostatic Mixer Valves are being fitted from May onwards so don’t delay, sign up for your free valve today.

Appropriate first aid must be used to treat any burns or scalds as soon as possible, this will limit the amount of damage to your skin. For more information on scalds visit www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Burns-and-scalds/Pages/Treatment.aspx or if you need advice on scalds call NHS Direct on –

Archive for January, 2013

Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (SFCCG) has received formal confirmation that it will become a statutory NHS body from 1 April 2013.

SFCCG was authorised by the NHS National Commissioning Board (NHS CB) on 18 January, following a stringent assessment to determine if it is ready to take on the responsibility of planning and ‘commissioning’ or buying the majority of local health services in the area.

Fiona Clark was also appointed Accountable Officer for SFCCG, effective from the same date. Her role is a joint one with South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group, which gained authorisation at the same time as SFCCG. It means that both clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will take over most of the work currently carried out by Sefton Primary Care Trust when it is abolished at the end of March.

Every aspect of SFCCG’s work and performance was scrutinised by the NHS CB. Authorisation is granted after experts ensure a clinical commissioning group (CCG) is safe and effective through a rigorous assessment and assurance process which includes reviewing policies, carrying out detailed site visits, interviewing and assessing its leaders and assessing its work with stakeholders and patients.

SFCCG was in the second wave of authorisation and underwent the rigorous five-month assessment along with 66 other clinical commissioning groups around the country and is amongst 45 who have been authorised with conditions, or areas of development. SFCCG expects to meet its outstanding criteria – four from a total of 119 – before 31 March.

You can see the NHS CB’s full wave 2 authorisation report on its website, which includes details of SFCCG’s assessment.

Archive for December, 2012

Christmas Day – 25th December 2012

 Ainsdale

Hirshmans Chemist

1pm – 3pm

Bootle

Merton’s Chemist

10am – 12pm

Formby

Rowlands Pharmacy

12pm – 1pm

Maghull

Boots The Chemist

12pm – 2pm

Southport

Boots The Chemist

11am – 1pm

Waterloo

Lloyds Chemists

10am – 12pm

Boxing Day – 26th December 2012

Aintree

ASDA Pharmacy

9am – 5pm

Boots The Chemist

7am – 6pm

Birkdale

Rowlands Pharmacy

1pm – 3pm

Bootle

ASDA Pharmacy

9am – 5pm

Boots The Chemist

10am – 4pm

Crosby

Boots The Chemist

10am – 2pm

Formby

Rowlands Pharmacy

12pm – 1pm

Southport

ASDA Pharmacy

9am – 5pm

Boots The Chemist

8.30am – 5.30pm

Boots The Chemist

11am – 5pm

New Year’s Day – Tuesday 1st January

Aintree

Asda

10am – 4pm

Boots

9am – 6pm

Bootle

Asda

10am – 4pm

Formby

Ryders Chemist

12pm – 1pm

Southport

Asda

10am – 4pm

Boots

11am – 5pm

Rowlands Pharmacy

1pm – 3pm

Sainsburys

10am – 5pm

Waterloo

Higgins Pharmacy

8.30am – 1pm

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