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Walk In Centres launch new information campaign to help patients

MERSEY Care have launched a new campaign to help better inform residents about when they should attend 1 of their Walk In Centres located across Liverpool, Knowsley and South Sefton. Demand at this time of year places an incredible strain on services, which is why its vital patients choose the correct service for their health care needs.

Lee McMenamy, Mersey Care's Divisional Director for Community Care, said:- "Our Walk In Centres are a valuable community resource and are open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week to provide treatment for minor injuries and illnesses. However they're part of a wider package of healthcare services that are under increasing pressure. That's why we're encouraging everyone to choose well, and if you're in any doubt about which service to access, please visit NHS 111 online."

The new campaign highlights different examples for why patients should attend a Walk In Centre. Examples of the social media tiles are attached with this press release, such as:-

  Minor burns and scalds.

  Eye infections and injuries.

  Allergic reactions.

  Minor cuts and wounds.

  Muscle or joint injuries (eg:- sprains and strains)

During the festive period, the Walk In Centres averaged 743 attendees a day, excluding Christmas Day and New Year's Day, with the average triage time just 30 minutes and 88% of those who attended were discharged within 4 hours. Over the winter period last year, nearly 150,000 people attended the Walk In Centres, with some seeing double the number of patients than in previous years.

If anyone is in any doubt about the service they require, they should contact NHS 111 online as a 1st priority, to get assessed and directed to the right place for their health care needs. NHS111 can also make appointments for you at your local Walk In Centre.

People in Merseyside encouraged to sign up to forthcoming NSPCC Number Day

SCHOOLS in Merseyside are being encouraged to sign up to NSPCC Number Day to help more children engage with and enjoy maths. Number Day is an annual event aimed at children in nurseries, primary and secondary Schools, with teachers and pupils raising vital funds for the NSPCC while having fun with maths.

This year's event takes place on:- Friday, 3 February 2023, and will see free curriculum based downloadable activities available to Schools across the country to help liven up their lessons while raising funds for the children's charity.

Johnny Ball, veteran children's TV presenter and maths enthusiast is supporting the NSPCC's Number Day too, he said:- "The NSPCC's Number Day is a great way for all children and Schools to celebrate the joy of learning mathematics while supporting such a great cause."

The NSPCC website has suggestions for activities and games children and teachers can enjoy. Once teachers sign up they can find out more about activities, including:- 'Dress up for Digits' where children, pupils and staff can wear an item of clothing on Number Day with a number on it and make a donation to the NSPCC.

Since Number Day was 1st launched in 2000, it has raised nearly £3 million for the NSPCC. Last year, 5,000 Schools got involved with Number Day and raised £400,000. and we're looking for even more Schools across the East of England to take part this year.

Funds raised from Number Day could help support vital NSPCC services such as Childline and Speak Out Stay Safe, a programme which sees the NSPCC visit Primary Schools and teach children how to recognise signs of abuse and neglect, and who to talk to if they are worried.

Within 2022, 23,596 children from 85 Schools, in Merseyside, took part in the NSPCC's online Speak Out Stay Safe programme.

Currently our School's area coordinators are seeking out volunteers to help deliver Speak Out Stay Safe workshops in the area too.

If you are someone with experience of delivering programmes in an educational or safeguarding setting, who is motivated by targets, with strong planning and organisational abilities, good communication and excellent people skills - we would love to hear from you.

Speak Out Stay Safe is an effective way to support a School's safeguarding duties and link directly to the curriculum as well as helping reinforce key messages about abuse and neglect as part of a School's teaching on healthy relationships.

If you're interested in becoming a Speak Out Stay Safe volunteer, please email:- VolunteerRecruitment@NSPCC.Org.UK.

If you would like to know more about taking part in the NSPCC's forthcoming Number Day please visit:- NSPCC.Org.UK.

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