Take care of yourself during the May bank holiday
As people make plans for the May bank holiday weekend the NHS in Sefton is encouraging you to also be prepared in case of any accidents or minor ailments.
Health professionals from NHS Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS South Sefton CCG suggest making sure you have all the necessary supplies and information just in case.
GP practices will be closed on the bank holiday Monday (27 May) but there are several other ways for you to access medical help during this time, if you need it.
Being aware of how to treat minor ailments such as burns, cuts and coughs and ensuring you have all the supplies to do so means you can get back to enjoying the bank holiday quicker.
Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG said: “One of the ways to take care of yourself this bank holiday weekend is to make sure your medicine cabinet is well stocked for minor illnesses such as coughs, colds and sore throats. As GP practices won’t be open as much as usual, self-care is the best way to deal with any common health concerns you may have during the long weekend.
“If you need any further advice, I would recommend calling NHS 111 or visiting your local pharmacy. Both of these services are excellent options for dealing with any non-urgent medical concerns.”
Most pharmacies have private consultation rooms where they can advise you on self-care treatments and give you advice on your medication. Pharmacists can also advise you check your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose, amongst many other things.
You can call NHS111 to speak with a highly trained adviser who will assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
You can also visit 111.nhs.uk to get medical advice on where and when to get help.
If you do need an appointment there are now extended GP appointments of an evening or weekend across Sefton. These appointments can be booked in advance via the GP practice you are registered with or by calling 111.
Jan Leonard, Director of Place at the CCGs in Sefton, said: “The extended access GP service launched last October in Sefton and has been popular ever since. Open 365 days a year the service is really useful over bank holidays and weekends. You can book an appointment via your GP practice or NHS 111 can book an appointment with your nearest service as long as you are registered with a GP practice in Sefton.”
You can find the pharmacy opening times for each CCG area here:
South Sefton: https://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/may-and-august-bank-holiday-opening-times-for-pharmacies/
Southport and Formby: https://www.southportandformbyccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/may-and-august-bank-holiday-opening-times-for-pharmacies/
For more information on how to treat minor medical concerns visit the Self Care Forum and the NHS website.
Photography exhibition announced featuring fascinating photos of historic Sefton
Back by popular demand, The Atkinson presents Southport Double Take II (Old Southport Through a Modern Lens), a photography exhibition offering a unique glimpse into Sefton’s past.
The Atkinson has invited local photographer Matt Dodd to capture a second series of over 30 images. The photographs are created by overlaying archive images of the borough (sourced from Sefton’s Historical Archives) with new photographs taken by the artist. The new images show how much, or in some cases how little, the landscape has changed across the borough of Sefton.
“I love comparing the Victorian with modern day it allows for interaction between the ages, one of my favourites is the Victorian couple who appear to be looking out on modern day Southport” – Matt Dodd
Matt’s first exhibition in 2018 was a roaring success with the local community, cultural tourists and local history enthusiasts alike. With one visitor commenting, “How the two eras were blended together in one photo is eerily amazing…I urge everyone to see this”
“People visited us in their thousands last year, commenting how intriguing the photographs were. This year Matt has gone further afield and in addition to new photos of Southport there are images of Bootle, Formby, Aintree, Maghull and Birkdale." – Stephen Whittle, Principal Manager, The Atkinson
Matt Dodd has also created a new publication to accompany the exhibition, which includes reproductions of the photographs and the stories behind them. Visitors will be able to purchase the book from The Atkinson’s shop for £5.
As part of The Atkinson’s Object of The Month series of events, the photographer will also be holding a talk offering insight into the exhibition on Wednesday 12 June at 1pm (free entry).
Southport Double Take II (Old Southport Through a Modern Lens)
18 May – 17 September 2018
Monday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm, Free Entry
Bootle Bucks back Sefton’s Year Of Friendship campaign
A football club in Sefton, created solely to encourage youngsters with disabilities to get into the sport, is backing a council led campaign to celebrate the importance of mental and physical well-being.
May marks Sefton’s Year Of Friendship’s ‘Active’ month, where the local authority celebrates community groups, teams, individuals and organisations who promote healthy bodies, minds and flourishing friendships through keeping fit, playing sport and more.
Sefton Council’s campaign is being supported by a number of groups and organisations across the borough, including Bootle Bucks Inclusion Football Club, who have been leading the way in inclusive sporting events since 2018.
John Rice, Chairman of Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC, said: “We started the team in April 2018 with a view of giving a handful of kids with a disability an opportunity to play football.
“Since then Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC has really blossomed into a huge event. Now we have up to 70 kids every Saturday turning up to play football.
“But it’s not only football and fitness, it’s friendships that the children have made. They all stay over at each other’s houses, going out for days out and more!
“The parents are meeting up as well outside of football so what started out as just a footballing idea has really turned into a massive family now really which is absolutely fantastic.”
To find out more about Sefton Council’s Year Of Friendship visitwww.mysefton.co.uk.
More information about Bootle Bucks Inclusion FC can be found on twitter via www.twitter.com/inclusionbucks.