Early identification key to sepsis treatment

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG are backing a campaign by Health Education England titled ‘Think Sepsis’ which is raising awareness of the illness. Local health commissioners are highlighting a different element of sepsis diagnosis and treatment every month between now and world sepsis day on September 13.

This month, the Sefton CCGs have focussed on medicines management and the role community pharmacists can play in offering support to anyone who may have concerns about the illness.

Speaking about the campaign, Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at the CCGs, said: “Everyone has a role to play in identifying and treating sepsis, including community pharmacists. Although it would be very rare for someone to present themselves at a chemists with signs of sepsis, we need everyone to be vigilant and ensure they familiarise themselves with the symptoms and are able to respond accordingly.

“Official guidelines state that, within an hour of diagnosis of sepsis, broad-spectrum antibiotics should be administered, so getting people to hospital quickly is of paramount importance.”

People are advised to seek medical advice urgently if you’ve recently had an infection or injury and you have had possible early signs of sepsis. People should be aware of the following symptoms which may indicate a person has sepsis.

In children under five, you should go straight to A&E or call 999 if your child has any of these symptoms:

  • looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • feels abnormally cold to touch
  • is breathing very fast
  • has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • has a fit or convulsion

In older children and adults, early symptoms of sepsis may include:

  • a high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
  • chills and shivering
  • a fast heartbeat
  • fast breathing

Anyone who would like to know more about sepsis, including further information on what symptoms to keep an eye out for, can visit the NHS Choices website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sepsis/treatment/

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Sefton Sports Awards!

The Sefton Sports Awards will take place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre on 11th July 2018. The awards are a fantastic opportunity to reward the hard work and dedication of local sports clubs, schools, teams and individuals. Fill in a nomination form online at www.sefton.gov.uk/sportsawards

Nominations for the 2018 Sefton Sports Awards are open! Sefton Council are looking for clubs from across the borough to send in their nominations across a range of categories before June 8 2018.

Award Categories

Volunteer of the Year
Presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution behind the scenes
to their sport/club/school. Club officer, committee member, fundraiser, administrator, coach, or official.

Young Volunteer of the Year – 14–19 years old
Presented to an individual who has made a contribution behind the scenes
to their sport/club/school.

School of the Year
Two awards: Primary and Secondary.

This award will be presented to the school that:

  • Has a commitment to the development of pupils and staff
  • Provides a comprehensive range of activities for its members and supports the development of players, coaches & volunteers of all ages and abilities.
  • Can demonstrate achievement/success in the Award Year
  • Can demonstrate a contribution to the wider community

Sports Personality of the Year
Five awards: Male, Female, Junior Male (under 18), Junior Female (under 18) & Disabled
Presented to an individual in recognition of their commitment and achievement to their chosen sport. Nominees should have achieved a high standard of performance for example at local, regional and national standard.

Club of the Year
Presented to a club which:
Has a well-established management structure, can demonstrate achievement/success in the Award Year and provides a comprehensive range of activities for its members and supports the development of players, coaches & volunteers of all ages and abilities. NB: A club cannot win this category for two consecutive years.

Coach of the Year
Presented to a coach/ team manager in recognition of their involvement,
dedication and achievement within their chosen sport. Must be a volunteer. Professional Coaches or paid coaches will be ineligible to win the award.

Team of the Year
Presented to a team who achieved outstanding success over the year.

School Team of the Year
Presented to a team who achieved outstanding success over the year.

Supporter of the Year
Presented to an employer that has shown commitment to sport within the community.

Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to an individual who has provided an outstanding service to sport.

If you have problems submitting your nomination(s) or need assistance,
contact the events team on 0151 934 4799 or email nicola.finn@sefton.gov.uk

Sefton health commissioners recognised for improving patient safety

NHS commissioners in Sefton have been shortlisted for a national award after setting up an innovative programme which aims to reduce the number of people being readmitted to hospital.

The medicines management team at NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (SSCCG) has been shortlisted for the ‘Improving Safety in Medicines Management’ category at the prestigious HSJ Patient Safety Awards 2018. This is the second national award that the team have been shortlisted for in a month after being shortlisted for the HSJ Value Awards last month.

Approximately one-fifth of hospital readmissions are related to medication and up to half of these may be preventable. In order to address this, SSCCG and the Aintree University Hospital pharmacy team set up a service to review patient medicines in their own home, once they had been discharged from hospital.

The project used a pharmacist and pharmacy technician in SSCCGs medicines management team to undertake the review and advise patients in regard to lifestyle advice, their medical condition and disease management.

The results of the programme were very promising with an initial evaluation showing that 81% of patients reported that they were more likely to take their medicines correctly, as prescribed.

The winners of the HSJ Patient Safety Awards will be announced on 9 July at a ceremony in Manchester.

Speaking about the shortlisting, Susanne Lynch, head of medicines management at NHS South Sefton CCG, said: “This scheme was just one part of our innovative, system wide approach to medicines which has allowed us to deliver significant improvements to safety and patient care.”

Dave Thornton, Assistant Clinical Director of Pharmacy at Aintree University Hospital, said: “Being shortlisted for this award recognises the importance of the link between hospital and community care when it comes to ensuring medicines are used safely and effectively and the benefits that can be realised from a joint approach.”

The NHS South Sefton CCG website contains information about where you can find help and advice about your health. Visit http://www.southseftonccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/ for more information.

CCG award
Pharmacist James Creese and pharmacy technician Jacqueline Smith who delivered the medication reviews

Time to get together

Sefton OPERA and The Royal Hotel in Waterloo have joined forces to beat loneliness.

On the first Wednesday of every month there will be a get together at the Waterloo hotel between 2.30pm and 4pm with free coffee and tea.

In addition to the refreshments people dropping in will be treated to different activities provided by Sefton Opera incluing massages, gentle chair exercises, talks, games, quizzes and more.

The first social afternoon starts Wednesday, May 2 with the other afternoons planned for June 6, July 4, August 1 and September 5.

For more details contact 0151 330 0479.



Step together at Venus

Step Together at Venus in Bootle offers support to mums who have children who are not in their care.

They say: “This can be a difficult time for mums. You may feel alone, or not know where to turn. In this situation Step Together can support you in looking to the future and reaching for your goals. We can provide information, advice and support with a range of issues including contact with your children, housing, mental health and managing your money.”

Step Together offers:
• One-to-one outreach support
• One-to-one counselling
• Group sessions

If you or somebody you know has a child not in their care, you can call Venus for a
chat. They accept self-referrals and referrals from professionals by phone, on their website, by email or face-to-face at their centre on Linacre Lane.

If you would like more information please contact Leah or Kati on 0151 474 4744
or kati.oakes@venuscharity.org


St George’s Day tea dance

Bootle Town Hall is set to host an afternoon of music and entertainment for a St George’s Day Tea Dance on Monday April 23.

Hosted by Sefton OPERA and the Mayor of Sefton, Councillor Dave Robinson, the event will feature popular groups Memory Lane, Bootle Belles, Ernie and Elvis will be in the building!

The afternoon of music and entertainment runs from 1.30pm to 4pm. Tickets cost £3 and refreshments will also be on sale.

For more information or to book call 0151 330 0479 or alternatively email admin@seftonopera.org.uk

Marine awareness day

Friends of Crosby Beach have been organising successful clean ups for over a year.

The next one, on 22 April, will combine a Marine Awareness event at the Mariners Road beach with loads to see, do and find out for the whole family.

The RSPB, Surfers Against Sewage, LovemyBeach, Ocean Protectors, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and local campaigning groups (including Sefton’s Good Dog Code) will all be there.

More information can be found on www.focb.org.uk, Friends of Crosby Beach Facebook page and Twitter @CrosbyBeachFOG


World Health Day event

Living Well Sefton is marking the World Health Organisation’s 70th birthday with a wellbeing event on World Health Day.

The wellbeing organisation will be outside the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle this Saturday between 10.30am and 2.30pm providing mini health checks, offering healthy snacks and chatting about activities people can join.

There is also a postcard competition for people to enter with a chance to win £50 in shopping vouchers.

World Health Day Corrina 2
Corrina, a Living Well mentor from May Logan, at last year’s event

The theme of this year’s World Health Day is universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere and the World Health Organisation stresses that it was “founded on the principle that all people should be able to realise their right to the highest possible level of health”.

For those who can’t make the World Health Day event there is always the Living Well mentors to contact who can support people in making healthy lifestyle choices. Contact the team on 0300 323 0181.

New Maghull North station on track for June start

Residents of Maghull will benefit from better links to the local rail network when the town’s new station will open in June.

The first services, operated by Merseyrail, will run from the new Maghull North station from the morning of Monday 18 June.

The opening date was confirmed as the first of several community projects involving local groups and schools was unveiled at the station site.

A number of schools in the Maghull area have come together to produce community artwork to help brighten up the station site while construction work continues.

Students from Maghull High, Deyes High School, St Andrew’s Primary, St Georges Primary, St Gregory’s, St Thomas Primary and Summerhill Primary schools showed off their artistic talents for the project, covering a wide range of subjects from butterflies and trains to the Three Graces and other landmarks within the Liverpool City Region.

After the unveiling Rob Grey from Network Rail gave the students a presentation about the work involved in building a new station, the jobs and skills that are needed to work in the rail industry and railway safety.

A number of other community projects are planned for the new station, including a time capsule prepared by a local school and display boards covering the history of the former nearby pioneering Moss Side Hospital.

Councillor Gordon Friel, Lead Member for Rail on Transport Committee of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said: “The new Maghull North station will be of huge benefit to local residents when it opens in June, giving more travel options while playing a big part in helping the on-going development of the area in the coming years.

“This fantastic art project involving local schools is a great example of the community getting involved and will help to bring a bit of colour to the new station site.

“There are a number of other community-based projects planned for the station and we would encourage local residents to get involved and give their support.”

Andy Heath, Managing Director of Merseyrail, said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming Maghull North station on to the Merseyrail network. These investments, including the new fleet project, are really enhancing rail services for local people.

“Maghull North will make our rail network much more accessible for those living nearby and it’s great to see the station already becoming part of the community with the artwork that has been created by local schools.”

Rob Grey, Network Rail project manager for the scheme, said: “The new Maghull North station forms part of a massive £340m railway investment in the Liverpool City Region. This major investment is about boosting connectivity and capacity – making room for new, longer trains, with more space for passengers.Kids art at Maghull North station site.

“It has been fantastic working with local schools to create the new artwork which will be enjoyed by Maghull North station passengers for decades to come. We look forward to future projects with the local community before the station officially opens in June this year.”

Sally Ralston, Merseyrail Corporate and Social Responsibility Manager, said: “We approached the schools and asked the children what they would like to see at the new station.

“We gave them a blank canvas to produce what they wanted for the project and were delighted with the quality and quantity of work that came back.”

June Burns, Mayor of Maghull, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to attend the event and meet all of the children who have helped brighten up what is currently a construction site.

“I would encourage mums, dads, grandparents, brothers, sisters and the wider community to come along and have a look at the display on School Lane.”

The new Maghull North station will be located just off School Lane next to the former Ashworth Hospital site, between the existing Maghull and Town Green stations on the Ormskirk branch of Merseyrail’s Northern Line.

The station forms a key piece of infrastructure in the Sefton Local Plan, supporting local public transport demand from a nearby new housing development that will include 370 homes, with more homes planned for the area in the near future.

It also forms part of the wider £340m investment of rail improvements across the Liverpool City Region over the next three years, and sits within the wider Great North Rail Project to transform train travel across the North.

Facilities at the new station will include:

  • Staffed station building and ticket office with passenger toilet.
  • Passenger waiting facilities on the platforms.
  • Step-free access with lifts and a bridge to, from and between both platforms and the station building.
  • 156-space car park with blue badge and motorcycle parking facilities, as well as cycle storage.
  • Pedestrian and cycle routes from School Lane and Park Lane to the station, and bus stops on School Lane.
  • Future provision for electric vehicle charging points.

The £13m scheme is being funded through the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF), Merseytravel and the Homes and Communities Association, which previously owned the land on which the station will be built. Network Rail is building the station, which will be operated by Merseyrail.

More details on the scheme can be found on the Merseytravel website at www.merseytravel.gov.uk/MaghullNorth

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