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Local NHS CCGs back Redbox scheme

Over the past few months, NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Southport and Formby CCG have been busy collecting sanitary product donations for women who struggle to access them as part of the Red Box Project – Sefton.

The Red Box Project is a community-based, not-for-profit initiative, which aims to support young people throughout their periods by providing local schools with red boxes filled with free period products.

It was founded in March 2017 by three friends who became aware of ‘period poverty’ through news reports. They were angered that some young women were missing out on their education because they couldn’t afford the products they needed during their period.

Mandy Smith, Sefton coordinator at Red Box Project – Sefton, set up the service in Sefton. The initiative then sent the department the materials needed to set up a donation point in the kitchen at the Sefton CCG building.

Mandy said:

“This is a great initiative to support our community – it felt like an opportunity not to be missed. We have collected a box full of period product donations for local schools and are proud to be supporting young people throughout their periods.

“No child should miss out on their education because they cannot afford period products.”

Martin McDowell, deputy chief officer at the CCGs in Sefton, added:

“This is a fantastic initiative and I want to thank Mandy for getting us all involved.

“We are keen to help tackle health inequalities and to create a progressive, supportive environment which is why we got involved with the project, we hope it helps.”

To find out more about the Red Box Project and get involved, visit:

Bike & Go offers registered users free bike hire for Cycle to Work Day

Posted on behalf of Bike & Go
A bike hire scheme is offering Formby users free bike rentals to mark Cycle to Work Day.

Bike & Go, which operates bike hire facilities from train stations around the region including Formby is inviting those already registered to the scheme to enjoy complimentary bike hire all day on Wednesday, September 13, in a bid to make it as easy as possible for everyone to ride to work for a day.

Cycle to Work Day has been gathering pace since its launch in 2013, with a total of 864,239 miles having been cycled so far in the name of the event. Cyclescheme, the team behind it, is now hoping that its fifth event will be bigger and better than ever, and Bike & Go are keen to support them in their quest to encourage more people to take to two wheels.

The benefits of cycling have been well documented, with a report published earlier this year revealing that cycling to work reduces the risk of death from any cause by 41%, the incidence of cancer by 45% and heart disease by 46%.

For the full story:

Published on behalf of Bike & Go
13 Sep 2017 at 6:00am
until 13 Sep 2017 at 8:00pm

Invitation to Hospital Trust annual general meeting

Posted on behalf of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Members of the public and Trust staff are invited to the annual general meeting of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust on Wednesday 20th September

The event will be hosted by Trust chair Richard Fraser and attended by members of the Board, including interim Chief Executive Karen Jackson.

There will be presentations by the Director of Nursing and the Director of Finance.

Members of the public will also have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of Board members.

The meeting will be held in the lecture theatre of the Clinical Education Centre at Southport and Formby District General Hospital, starting at 3.30pm. Light refreshments will be available from 3 pm. The event is expected to conclude no later than 5.30pm.

The Trust annual report is available at under the “how we are performing section”. Alternatively, copies are available upon request from the Trust. Please call the Marketing and Communications Department on 01704 704714.

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494



Twitter @SONHSTrust
20 Sep 2017 at 3:30pm
until 20 Sep 2017 at 5:30pm

Southport & Formby NHS CCG invite public to their bi-monthly meeting

Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sefton are encouraging anyone with an interest to go along to their September governing body meetings.The CCGs’ hold their governing body meetings every two months in public, so people can hear them discussing and making decisions about local health services.

Doctors, nurses and other health professionals who make up the committees will discuss a range of issues including the performance of the services they commission, like hospitals and community care.

Rob Caudwell, local GP and NHS Southport and Formby CCG chair, said:

"We invite the public along to this formal meeting to listen to the CCG’s plans. Residents also get the chance to ask any questions they have before the meeting gets underway.

The meetings are a great chance for people to meet our health professionals and our governing body members. It’s also a good chance for us to meet some of our public and we welcome their views and questions as always"

The NHS Southport and Formby CCG meeting will take place on Wednesday 6 September at the Family Life Centre, Ash St, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 6JH, at an earlier start time than usual of 12 pm. Papers will be available here beforehand.

Anyone who is interested in attending is asked to call 0151 247 7000 to confirm their attendance.

Published on behalf of Southport & Formby CCG by FormbyFirst

Make your views on the future of Orthopaedic services known

Posted on behalf of Sefton Healthwatch
Sefton residents are being invited to an event to hear about proposals on the future of orthopaedic services.

Healthwatch Sefton, the local health and social care consumer champion, is holding a session on Friday, September 8, to ensure everyone is aware of proposals for orthopaedic services and how they will be delivered in the future. It will also be a chance for people to get their questions answered.

The two-hour session will be held at St Stephen’s Church Hall, 3 Hester Close, Hightown, Liverpool, L38 0BP. People are welcome to arrive from 10 am for pastries, tea and coffee with the event starting at 10.30am and finishing at 12.30pm.

The session will allow residents an opportunity to hear more about proposals for a single Orthopaedics service for Liverpool’s hospitals. The clinicians behind the proposals will share their thinking and people will have an opportunity to ask questions about the proposal.

Under proposals, orthopaedics specialists at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust would join together to become a single team, working across all three hospital sites.

This would involve separating most planned and unplanned Orthopaedics care onto separate hospital sites, which would mean some operations taking place in a different place to where they do currently.

Healthwatch Sefton wants to make sure Sefton residents are fully aware of the plans which will impact on the future delivery of services, so people are encouraged to book a place at the session by emailing, calling FREEPHONE 0800 206 1304 or texting 07434 810438. Places are limited so early booking is recommended.

If you are not able to attend the session, people can still share their thoughts about the proposal by:-

• Taking a short survey – visit

• If online isn't your thing you can request a paper copy of the summary leaflet and questionnaire by contacting or call 0151 296 7537 and information will be sent to you, which you can return via a Freepost envelope provided.

Further details about the proposals can be found on the Healthwatch Sefton website:

Posted on behalf of Healthwatch Sefton using material from the Southport and Formby CCG website.
08 Sep 2017 at 10:30am
until 08 Sep 2017 at 12:30pm
St Stephen's Church Hall

Support your local hospital at Southport Flower Show

Although more used to cannulas than calendulas, doctors, nurses and therapists from Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are hosting a stand at Southport Flower Show this week.

The stand will be hosted by staff from across the hospital who can chat to visitors about working there, what we’re doing to improve our patients’ experience and the services we provide. Visitors to the stand, E42, can also enter a quiz to win prizes each day.

Visitors who would like to talk about working for the Trust can stop by and chat on any day - a member of the recruitment team will be available to answer questions on the Thursday afternoon too.

On Friday afternoon (from 3pm) Dr Alice Bird will be on hand to talk about women’s and children’s services and Miss Helen Mackay, an orthopaedic surgeon will be available on Sunday afternoon to talk about the Trust’s orthopaedic services.

Find out more about the specialist services and the work of the North West Regional Spinal Injuries Centre, based at Southport hospital. There is also a chance to meet the matrons and find out how they have developed their role to ensure patients are the heart of everything they do.

The team will be there every day from 10am and will draw the daily prize winners on the stand at 5pm.

Issued by Kimberley Rushton, Senior Communications and Marketing OfficerSouthport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS TrustTelephone 01704 705061Email Web

Twitter @SONHSTrust

Posted on behalf of SONHS Trust by Formby First.

Health Secretary praises Hospital Trust’s ‘exceptional improvement’

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has congratulated the staff for “exceptional improvement” made at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

The Trust was the most improved in England between January and March for getting patients home from the hospital.

Shorter hospital stays are an indicator of efficient care as well as releasing beds to newly poorly patients who need them.

In a letter to the chair and chief executive, Mr Hunt said:

“The Trust is a real example to others, demonstrating how to improve performance in a short space of time and ensure that your patients get the care they deserve.

“From visiting organisations throughout the country, I know that the immense amount of work that will have been behind this outcome cannot be underestimated. Improvement on such a scale is very impressive and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Trust’s staff.”

Interim Chief Executive Karen Jackson said:

“I am delighted the enormous efforts staff are making to give patients the very best care is now being recognised at a national level. They are a fantastic team and a privilege to work with.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494



Twitter @SONHSTrust

Formby Festival 2017

Posted on behalf of Formby Festival
As always this year's festival takes place on the 3rd weekend of July.

You can see specific opening times below!

Don't forget - gates close 30 minutes before the event finishes, so make sure you're down in plenty of time.

Day Times

Friday 14th July 2017 5:00PM to 10:00PM

Saturday 15th July 2017 11:00AM to 11:00PM

Sunday 16th July 2017 11:00AM to 6:00PM
14 Jul 2017 at 5:00pm
until 16 Jul 2017 at 6:00pm