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Choose NHS 111 first over Easter

 

If you need urgent NHS care over the Easter weekend, contact the NHS 111 service, especially on Friday 2 April (Good Friday) and Monday 5 April (Easter Monday) when GP practices will be closed.

NHS 111 is staffed by a team of trained professionals and clinicians who will direct people to the most appropriate health service.

This could include an NHS walk-in centre, a GP practice offering out of hours support, a pharmacy, or a local hospital.

If patients are assessed as needing to attend a hospital Emergency Department or NHS Walk-in Centre, they will be given a booked time slot to be seen to help manage demand and ensure patients are safely socially distanced while they wait.

However people should still dial 999 as normal in a medical emergency, such as when someone is seriously injured, their life is at risk, or they could be having a heart attack or stroke – every second counts with these conditions.

Please be aware that whilst many local pharmacies are still open over Easter, some will be closed and many will be operating with different opening times to normal.

For the full list of Easter opening times for pharmacies in Liverpool, please click here or contact NHS 111 for further advice on your nearest open branch.

Please also remember that access to local NHS walk-in centres continues to be by telephone triage and pre-booked appointments only during Covid-19 – contact NHS 111 or call 0300 100 1004 to access this service.

To access NHS 111, go to 111.nhs.uk or dial 111 at any time – it operates 24 hours a day, every day.

BSL users can use the NHS 111 video interpreter service by going to www.interpreternow.co.uk/nhs111.

Content provided by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). For more information, please visit www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk.

Published on Thu, 01 Apr 2021 14:22:47 GMT
Modified on Thu, 01 Apr 2021 14:22:47 GMT

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Eligible patients in Liverpool urged to book Covid vaccine now

Anyone in Liverpool who is eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, but who hasn’t booked their first dose yet, is being asked to make an appointment as soon as possible. 

Members of the public can have the vaccine now if any of the following apply:

  • You’re aged 50 or over
  • You’re clinically extremely vulnerable (you’ve been asked to shield)
  • You’re aged 16–64 with an underlying condition that puts you more at risk from Covid
  • You’re an unpaid carer

Groups of Liverpool GP practices are working together to invite patients to a network of local vaccination sites across the city. Eligible people will automatically be contacted by text, phone or letter – they don’t need to phone their own GP to request the vaccine. 

Alternatively, those who have received a letter or text message inviting them to access the national booking system, can use the link provided to them or call 119 to choose a slot at one of a number of sites across the region.

All vaccinations are by appointment only – no drop-ins are available.

People are asked not to make multiple appointments at different sites, and cancel any appointments they can no longer attend, so that they can be used by someone else.

Those who will be due to have a second dose of the vaccine soon are being encouraged to make sure they attend their appointment. The latest guidance is that a second dose should be given between 77 and 84 days (11 to 12 weeks) after the first. People who booked their first dose through the national booking system and/or received their first dose at the regional vaccination centre, or at a local pharmacy or hospital, should have been offered a second vaccination appointment when they booked or received their first dose. If they didn’t, they can go online and book this now.

People who received their first dose at a local GP-led site will be contacted around a week and a half before their second dose is due and asked to make an appointment. This process is in place to make sure that the appointments offered to patients at GP-led sites match up with vaccine availability.

Anyone in Liverpool already identified as a carer in their GP records; those who receive Carer’s Allowance; or those known to Liverpool City Council or Liverpool Carers Centre Local Solutions, will be automatically invited for a Covid-19 vaccination. Anyone who thinks they might be eligible to receive a vaccine as a carer, but who doesn’t receive Carer’s Allowance or have their status recorded with any of these organisations, should contact the Liverpool Carers Centre. This includes carers aged 16 – 18, as well as adult carers. They can do this either by calling: 07545652775, or by emailing: [email protected]. Alternatively, they can also complete an e-referral form by visiting: www.localsolutions.org.uk/carers-vaccine.

For the latest updates and a list of local Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the Covid-19 vaccine, click here.



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Published on Mon, 22 Mar 2021 09:51:49 GMT
Modified on Tue, 23 Mar 2021 09:34:10 GMT

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Men urged to check their prostate cancer risk

Prostate Cancer UK wants to find men at the highest risk of prostate cancer by completing their 30-second prostate cancer risk checker and speaking to their GP.

Prostate cancer is now the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK. Around 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. Everyone connected to a man is at risk of being affected.

And prostate cancer doesn’t stop for Covid-19. Urgent referrals by GPs in England dropped by around 52,000 since the pandemic began. As a result, around 8,700 fewer men started treatment for prostate cancer in 2020 than in the previous year.

Unless these ‘missing men’ are found, they risk being diagnosed too late, when their cancer is incurable.

Unlike other cancers, early prostate cancer often has no symptoms, so as we approach one year of lockdown, Prostate Cancer UK is calling for those at the highest risk of the disease to speak to their GP. This includes

  • Men over 50
  • Black men over 45
  • Men with a family history of the disease

If you’re unsure about your risk, Prostate Cancer UK has a simple and easy to use online tool to help you assess your risk and find out what steps you should take next.

The check only takes 30 seconds and can be completed at www.prostatecanceruk.org/riskcheck.

Anyone with concerns about prostate cancer can also contact Prostate Cancer UK’s Specialist Nurses on weekdays on 0800 074 8383 or online at www.prostatecanceruk.org.

If you’re experiencing symptoms, such as difficulty when urinating, you should speak to your GP to get it checked. For more information, visit www.nhs.uk/prostatecancer.

Content provided by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). For more information, please visit www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk.

Published on Wed, 17 Mar 2021 10:21:56 GMT
Modified on Wed, 17 Mar 2021 10:23:05 GMT

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Healthwatch Liverpool patient focus group on GP services

Healthwatch Liverpool would like to hear from patients in the city about their experiences of GP services during the pandemic.

In the past year we have seen lots of changes to health and social care services because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The number of face to face appointments has been substantially reduced, and many more GP and practice nurse appointments now take place online or by phone.

Healthwatch Liverpool would like to hear about your experiences of GP services during the pandemic. What do you think has gone well, what could be improved, and what would you like to see in the future?

An online focus group will be held on Zoom on Tuesday 30 March 2021, 10.30am-12.15pm. Click here to register.

Any questions and feedback received will be passed on anonymously to Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and/or NHS England. Healthwatch Liverpool will also write a short report about the focus group which will be published on their website and sent to Liverpool CCG, NHS England and Healthwatch England.

If you aren’t able to attend the session, but would still like to ask a question or leave feedback, you can email: [email protected], call: 0300 77 77 007 or fill in an online form.

Content provided by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). For more information, please visit www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk.

Published on Fri, 12 Mar 2021 13:11:38 GMT
Modified on Fri, 12 Mar 2021 13:11:38 GMT

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New Health and Care Video Library

A new resource to make it easier for patients to access trusted health information and guidance remotely.

As part of their COVID-19 response, Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group would like to offer free access for NHS staff and patients to an online Health and Care Video Library of over 600 simple and easy to follow information videos. 

The clinically assured content has been produced in partnership with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and covers a range of topics and conditions in an easily accessible format, providing an alternative to written health information.

Example topics include:

  • Diabetes
  • Healthy Living and Diet
  • Maternity
  • Inhaler Use and Breathing Problems

The videos have already been used by many other GP practices, CCGs and NHS Trusts across the UK and clinicians report to have seen the use of video improve patient experience, help patients feel more supported and also assist clinical staff in the delivery of remote services such as video consultations.

We are happy to share this resource with our patients and hope to use the content to enhance the support we provide and that you will find it helpful to access the simple and visual health information at any time.

You can access the library at  www.healthvideos.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk or search for ‘Health and Care Videos’ in your app store to download the app version (available on Android and iOS).



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Published on Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:50:42 GMT
Modified on Fri, 05 Mar 2021 11:50:42 GMT

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Domestic abuse support

Domestic abuse is a complex issue, which can take many forms including psychological, financial, sexual, emotional and physical.

This past year has been challenging for everyone, but for victims of domestic abuse who are suffering from continued cruelty and violence it will have felt and will continue to feel intolerable. Lockdown has meant that it’s easier for abusers to control and abuse their victims, who are probably feeling more isolated and alone than they would under normal circumstances.

Children are often the silent victims of domestic abuse, with no schools open they are also locked into situations with few opportunities to gain support. 

If you are suffering from domestic abuse then Merseyside Police, along with partner agencies, are still here to offer help and support. You are not alone. If home is not a safe place for you then you do not have to stay there and you can and should leave to seek help.  Charities are still working, helplines are live and refuges are available.

If you are in immediate danger, you should always call 999. If you ring 999 and are not in a safe position to speak to us then cough, or tap the phone and press 55, when prompted. This will alert the operator that you need assistance and we will provide support.

Alternatively, there is a new scheme called ‘Ask for Ani’ which offers an opportunity to reach out for help at pharmacies, including Boots, without making your situation obvious to other members of the public, or alerting your abuser. If you ‘Ask for Ani’ at pharmacy counters then you will be taken by a staff member to a private space where you can be put in touch with the police, support services and helplines.

Whether you are currently experiencing abuse, or have suffered abuse in the past, support is available. Domestic Abuse specialist services in your local area remain open and can offer you expert support and advice.  They will not tell you what to do but will provide options and choices to help you live safely and recover from abuse.  

For more information, help and guidance please visit:

www.VictimCareMerseyside.org where you can also access a directory of nearly 70 support organisations who are on hand to offer care and support.

Or call the freephone, 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline:

0808 2000 247

www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk


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Published on Fri, 26 Feb 2021 13:54:08 GMT
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Carers in Liverpool to receive Covid-19 vaccine


The local NHS and Liverpool City Council are appealing to unpaid carers whose role currently isn’t recorded, to make themselves known so that they can have the Covid-19 vaccine.

Anyone in Liverpool already identified as a carer in their GP records – those who receive Carer’s Allowance – or those known to Liverpool City Council or Liverpool Carers Centre Local Solutions, will be automatically invited for a vaccination over the coming weeks and don’t need to take any further action.

However, some people could be at risk of missing out, because their carer status is unknown to services. 

Those currently eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine as a carer include anyone who is eligible for Carer’s Allowance, or who acts as the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality, including:

  • Children with severe neuro-disabilities (your GP will have already been in contact to invite your child for vaccination if they are included)
  • Those who are designated Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (advised to shield)
  • Adults who have underlying health conditions 
  • Those who need care because of advanced age

Anyone who thinks they might be eligible to receive a vaccine as a carer, but who doesn’t receive Carer’s Allowance or have their carer status recorded with any of the organisations mentioned above, should contact the Liverpool Carers Centre now. This includes carers aged 16–18, as well as adult carers.

They can do this either by calling: 07545652775, or by emailing: [email protected]. Alternatively, they can also complete an e-referral form by visiting: www.localsolutions.org.uk/carers-vaccine.

Liverpool Carers Centre is a Liverpool City Council-commissioned service, available to support with any enquiries from members of the public about their eligibility as a carer.

They will use a standard set of questions to advise individuals on whether they meet the government’s specific requirements to be identified as a carer, and therefore to receive the vaccine.

Following this assessment, if a person is identified as an unpaid carer they will be provided with national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service details to arrange a vaccination.

In addition, the team will also be able to provide a range of further support and advice regular news and updates for carers, as well access to activities that support health and wellbeing or offer carers a break from their caring role.

For frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the Covid-19 vaccine, click here.

Content provided by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). For more information, please visit www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk.

Published on Thu, 25 Feb 2021 10:35:54 GMT
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Published on Sat, 20 Feb 2021 12:08:16 GMT
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New groups eligible for Covid-19 vaccine

The next phase of Covid-19 vaccination gets underway in Liverpool this week, with the following priority groups now eligible:

  • People aged 65 and over
  • People aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions
  • People in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill

In the coming days, people aged 65 and over will receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service. They can use the link or phone number in this letter to book an appointment at a number of sites, including one of three Liverpool pharmacies, or the mass vaccination centre in St Helens.

Alternatively, if people aged 65 and over don’t wish to take up this option, they can also receive their vaccination at one of the 14 GP-led sites across Liverpool – people will be sent a text message or contacted by phone to let them know how to arrange this. They should not contact their own GP practice separately.

People aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions, and carers, will be contacted by their GP-led service (either by text message or phone) to invite them to make an appointment. They do not need to contact their own GP practice separately.

All vaccinations are by appointment only; no drop-in vaccinations are available and members of the public who arrive without a booking will not be vaccinated.

People over 70 and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding) were in the first four groups prioritised for vaccination. The majority of people in Liverpool within these groups have already received a first dose of the vaccine, however anyone who hasn’t should use the national booking system – or contact their GP practice – to arrange a vaccination as soon as possible.

The NHS is prioritising vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most first, based on national guidelines from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The full guidance is available here.

The GP-led vaccination centres and regional vaccination centres are in addition to hospital hub sites, run by NHS trusts, which are currently focused on vaccinating the local health and social care workforce.

Content provided by NHS Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). For more information, please visit www.liverpoolccg.nhs.uk.

Published on Mon, 15 Feb 2021 09:36:43 GMT
Modified on Mon, 15 Feb 2021 09:47:15 GMT