Finding health advice just got easier with the launch of our new digital TV service and smartphone app – Looking Local.
Both are free and provide Southport and Formby residents with a wealth of information – from how to live a healthy lifestyle, to locating their nearest pharmacy, GP or dentist.
Fiona Clark, Chief Officer for NHS Southport and Formby CCG, said: “A reoccurring theme in all our discussions with local residents is about how we can make health information more accessible, to help people choose the right service when they are ill, or to get help and advice about staying fit and well for as long as possible. Looking Local is one of the ways we are doing this.
“Because we know there are still a lot of people who don’t use the internet at home but who do have interactive digital TV or a smartphone, Looking Local is ideal in helping us to reach more people with the information they’ve told us they want.
“By simply searching our new digital TV service or using our smartphone app people can find up to date details about a wide range of local health services and support – such as free courses to stop smoking, manage weight, or reduce stress and anxiety through talking therapies – as well as getting help and advice about living with conditions like cancer, kidney disease and breathing illnesses.”
Some people can also book appointments at their GP practice using Looking Local. Southport and Formby residents should ask their practice if they offer online booking and how to do it using Looking Local.
“We felt it was really important to provide links to other local services, so we have included details about partners like Sefton Council and Healthwatch Sefton, as well as Universal Jobmatch so people can search hundreds of current vacancies.”
NHS Southport and Formby CCG’s Looking Local channel can be found on Sky and Virgin Media TV, internet and mobile web, Wii games consoles and as an app for smartphones or tablets.
- Sky – Go to the Community Channel (539) and press the RED button. Then search for your area or choose: Northern England, North West, Merseyside then NHS Southport and Formby CCG
- Virgin media – Press the HOME button on your remote control, choose INTERACTIVE, select “Local & Directory Enquiries”, select “Looking Local”, or Go to the Community Channel (233) and press the RED button. Then search for your area or choose: Northern England, North West, Merseyside then NHS Southport and Formby CCG
- Online / Wii / mobile web – www.lookinglocal.gov.uk/southportformbyccg
- To download the app go to either Google Play or the iTunes App Store – then search for NHS SFCCG