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Sefton lights up buildings blue to mark 72nd birthday of NHS
SEFTON Council will light up a number of
buildings blue this weekend to mark the 72nd Anniversary of the
formation of the National Health Service (NHS).Both Bootle Town
Hall and Crosby Library will be bathed in blue lights, from 8pm
, tonight, on Sunday, 5 July 2020, to celebrate the NHS and
health workers both past and present. Sefton Council, while
working hard with partners to ensure vulnerable residents are
protected from the spread of COVID-19, have also taken time to
praise the vital work of the NHS and key workers, many of whom
work for the Local Authority. Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council's
Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:- "Now more
than ever is the time to show how indebted we all are to the
National Health Service and say thank you the thousands of
residents across our borough who work tirelessly as:- Doctors,
Nurses, Administrators, Support Workers and Cleaners, to keep
our incredible health service running. We're delighted that we
are able to light up Crosby Library and Bootle Town Hall as just
a small token of our massive appreciation for the NHS and we are
continuing to do all we can to support our communities and make
them as resilient as possible to keep pressure off health
workers at this time."
Beyond 100 days of home working: are we in danger of slouching
into a productivity slump?
AS almost ½ of
all UK workers have now spent 100 days working from home, a
research association warns that businesses must take the health
impact of remote working seriously. The Furniture Industry
Research Association says that while guidance continues to be
issued for employees returning to the workplace, little support
has been offered to those working from home beyond lockdown. If
this continues to be overlooked, the Research Association
suggests that the cost to the UK economy; in terms of lost
productivity; could hit businesses hard, further down the line.
While COVID-19 restrictions were lifted in England in the middle
of May 2020, official figures from the Office for National
Statistics indicate that only 2% of the UK workforce returned to
their:- 'normal workplace' between 8 June 2020 and
21 June 2020. The figures indicate that as many businesses
strive to meet physical distancing restrictions and reduce
costs, the remote working set up is likely to stay for the
To encourage healthy working from home in the
longer term, the Furniture Industry Research Association has
produced free guides for employers and employees on ways to
optimise the home working environment, as we move out of an
emergency situation and into the longer term. The 2 guides; 1
offering crucial advice for employers and another providing
practical guidance for employees; have been authored by FIRA
International's expert team of ergonomists and can be downloaded
for free from the FIRA's
The guide for employers covers information they
should provide for staff working from home, as well as
information on workplace assessments and relevant regulations.
The employee guide is a simple to follow practical document,
which sets out the best way to work depending on individual set
ups, whether working from a fully kitted out home office, or at
a dining table in a shared flat. It also includes tips on ways
to boost mental health as well as physical health.
FIRA International's Chief Ergonomist, Levent Çaglar, says that
while the mutual benefits of flexible working have become clear
over the last 3 months; such as greater productivity, less time
spent commuting and a better work life balance. For home working
to succeed longer term, employer and employee must carefully
consider the difference an optimised work environment would
make. Levent explains:- "After 100 days of working from
home the time has come for people to take stock of their
environment and ask how their health may be being affected.
Employers must properly support remote workers to optimise their
home workplace, otherwise they'll take a further hit in terms of
lost productivity. This could be time wasted from working with
multiple documents on a small screen or physical days lost to
sickness absence, because of back, neck and shoulder problems.
This isn't about paying out for expensive kit, but making sure
that employees understand how to make their work environment as
ergonomic as possible; and much of this is to do with regular
breaks and movement, rather than equipment. An ergonomically set
up workstation promotes comfort, increases productivity and
boosts mood, which is crucial in this current climate. In
contrast, a poorly designed set up can lead to inefficiency,
difficulty in getting motivated and staying focussed and aches
and pains from adopting poor posture, for prolonged periods of
Based on figures from Office for National Statistics (ONS)
on home working and COVID-19.
A&E Doctors urge public to
stay safe as pubs re-opens
THE Royal College of Emergency Medicine is urging the
public to act sensibly to not risk overwhelming A&Es as pubs
re-open. President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine,
Dr Katherine Henderson said:- "To many Saturday has come
as a welcome release from an unprecedented nationwide lockdown
and it is understandable that people want to let off steam. But
we urge the public to be careful and use common sense. The NHS
has coped admirably during this period, but staff are exhausted,
and the system is very fragile. After seeing all of the
goodwill, all of the clapping for the NHS, it would be
heartbreaking to see A&Es overwhelmed on the 1st post lockdown
evening by people who have gotten too drunk or been in a fight.
If you go to A&E because you're plastered, you end up stretching
the health service further and potentially put others at risk.
Not only do you risk accidentally infecting someone with
Coronavirus because you don't know you have it, but you are
taking up the time of doctors who could be treating patients
whose lives are in danger. It has never been more important that
our Emergency Departments are for absolute emergencies only, and
it has never been more important that people drink responsibly.
While social distancing measures may have been relaxed, the
threat of Coronavirus has not gone away; it is still very real,
it is still very dangerous. We need the public to help; act
responsibly, drink responsibly and do maintain social
distancing. It is also really important that people choose the
care service that is most appropriate for their needs. If it is
not an emergency, call:- 111, see a pharmacist, book a GP
appointment. If you are seriously injured or sick, go to your
A&E; you will be treated. We cannot go back to a pre-Covid world
where everyone turns up at a crowded A&E for treatment. We need
patients to choose wisely and we need proper provision of
alternative care services. Without both, A&Es risk becoming hubs
of infection and we will end up back at square 1."
Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region
THE latest total number of UK
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory
confirmed, has risen by 516 cases and the total
number now stand at 285,416, that includes tests carried out by
commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National
Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the
total, was sadly reported to be 22 according to the Department
of Health. The total number of deaths of people who have had a
positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS
laboratory is 44,220.
In England, there are a total of 245,483 confirmed cases. North
West - total of 42,689 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory
confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and
around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-
► Liverpool, 2,439 confirmed cases.
► Sefton, 1,502 confirmed cases.
► Wirral, 2,018 confirmed cases.
► St. Helens, 1,190 confirmed cases.
► Halton, 683 confirmed cases.
► Knowsley, 993 confirmed
► Blackpool,1,016 confirmed cases.
► Blackburn with Darwen, 999 confirmed cases.
► Bolton, 1,802 confirmed cases.
► Bury, 1,275 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,941 confirmed cases.
► Cheshire East, 2,182 confirmed cases.
► Lancashire, 6,619 confirmed cases.
► Manchester, 2,873 confirmed cases.
► Oldham, 1,833 confirmed cases.
► Rochdale, 1,551 confirmed cases.
► Stockport, 1,623 confirmed cases.
► Salford, 1,306 confirmed
► Tameside, 1,510confirmed cases.
► Trafford, 1,244 confirmed cases.
► Wigan, 2,110 confirmed cases.
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