Stronger enforcement measures announced as easements resume

The Government has announced a series of tough new enforcement measures targeting the most serious breaches of social distancing restrictions. The announcement comes as a number of remaining aspects of England’s culture, sport, leisure and business sectors will be permitted to reopen from this weekend. Two weeks ago the Office of National Statistics (ONS) had expressed concerns about a slight increase in the number of … Continue reading Stronger enforcement measures announced as easements resume

Make ‘Today the Day’ your time to quit smoking

Smokefree Sefton is supporting the Today is the Day campaign which aims to encourage more people to join the thousands who have already quit smoking in response to health concerns about Covid-19. Smokers are likely to be more vulnerable to COVID 19 for multiple reasons including: the act of smoking means that fingers are in contact with the lips which increases the risk of transmitting … Continue reading Make ‘Today the Day’ your time to quit smoking

Largest home antibody testing programme for COVID-19 publishes findings

The first report from the world’s largest home antibody testing programme tracking who has been infected by COVID-19 in England has today (13th) been published. The study tracked the spread of infection across England following the first peak of the pandemic. Over 100,000 volunteers tested themselves at home using a finger prick test between 20 June and 13 July to check if they have antibodies against the … Continue reading Largest home antibody testing programme for COVID-19 publishes findings

Local testing site now open in Southport

The Southport Local Test Unit is now open for people who have COVID symptoms. The semi-permanent sites, known as Local Testing Sites (LTS), are now in both Bootle and Southport. Local Testing Sites are designed to supplement existing testing routes such as Regional and Mobile Testing Units. They are the first to offer bespoke walk-through appointments; to improve access for the whole community, especially those … Continue reading Local testing site now open in Southport

Vulnerable residents advised to take extra care in the heat

Sefton health professionals have come together to urge residents to be aware of the health risks of hot weather to vulnerable people in the community. In England, there are on average 2,000 heat-related deaths a year. The most at-risk people are those with underlying health conditions, babies, and the very young and older people – especially those over 75. Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS … Continue reading Vulnerable residents advised to take extra care in the heat