Lydiate – An NHS back water with little in the way of public transport to get to major NHS facilities

There are no GP’s or dentists in Lydiate, the only dentist closed not so long ago. That in itself is unfortunate but if you look at the direct public transport links from Lydiate to the major local NHS facilities the picture is also poor.

This is me with the Lydiate & Maghull resident's petition in 2015 at a 311 bus stop in Lydiate. The petition was not collected by me I would add but by the hard work of locals concerned about the loss of this Arriva route to Ormskirk. The battle was sadly lost.

This is me with the Lydiate & Maghull resident’s petition in 2015 at a 311 bus stop in Lydiate. The petition was not collected by me I would add but by the hard work of locals concerned about the loss of this Arriva route to Ormskirk. The battle was sadly lost.

Lydiate (along with Aintree Village & Maghull) lost the 311 bus route in 2015 which linked it with Ormskirk and of course its hospital. Yes the 310 Liverpool – Ormskirk route just skims the eastern edge of Lydiate but its a long trek for most Lydiate residents to get to a bus stop for it on the A59.

Lydiate (together with Maghull, Melling and Aintree Village) has no direct public transport link to Litherland NHS Walk-In Centre, indeed it never has had such a link despite calls for one. I recall saying, when the Walk-In Centre first opened in the early 2000’s, that it could not reasonably be seen to serve the Eastern Parishes of Sefton Borough because of the lack of direct public transport links to it. Of course we were also fighting for a Walk-In Centre to be provided in Maghull at the time and even got to the stage of the NHS allocating money to rebuild Maghull Health Centre with provision for a Walk-In facility. But then out of the blue the NHS pulled the plug on the project for reasons that have never been satisfactorily explained. I was of course pleased when Maghull Councillor Matt Gannon relaunched the campaign for a Walk-In Centre in Maghull in 2016. I also understand that Maghull Town Council will be including such an aim in its draft Neighbourhood Plan for the Town.

Lydiate’s link to Fazakerley Hospital has been via the 236 bus route in recent years. However, this route is no longer serving Lydiate as a consequence of Merseytravel confirming their Sefton Bus Review proposals recently. This is quite obviously a blow to Lydiate folks visiting friends and relatives by bus in that hospital.

Now the Sefton Bus Review proposals have been confirmed Lydiate’s only direct bus link with a major NHS facility will be via the 300 bus route to Southport and of course its hospital.

The last Chairman of Lydiate Parish Council, Dave Russell, tried every possible way possible to get an NHS facility within Lydiate Village Centre when planning for the new centre was at an early stage but the NHS managed to slip from his grasp there too.

Yes for me Lydiate is sadly an NHS back water both in terms of facilities in the community and with regard to direct public transport links to local hospitals and Walk-In Centres.

Stop Press – I had written this posting a while back but had not got around to finishing it of for publication. Then last night at Lydiate Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan meeting the very same issues came up and there seemed to be broad consensus that another attempt to gain NHS primary care facilities within Lydiate had to be made. Let’s hope such a plan will win the day this time around.

Fazakerly Hospital A&E – A terrible account of how the NHS is at breaking point

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This is a real story and the events are from last weekend. I reproduce it in the words of the relative of the unfortunate injured person who has given me permission to publish it. Obviously I have taken out any names.

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Still stunned about the appalling new Fazakerley A&E experience on Saturday night. My mum goes in by ambulance after a nasty fall and is in sooo much pain she is on gas n air. She arrives at the hospital to find there are no wheel chairs or trolleys left so the ambulance staff are told to put her on chair in the main waiting area where she is left without pain relief. By the way some muppet has put the new A&E on the 2nd floor!! She eventually gets triaged after having to walk to cubicles. Then is sent back to main waiting area where a doctor then nips out to see whether she needs an X-ray in front of everyone in waiting area. Then we are asked to take her for an X-ray as there are no porters. Oh it gets better then I’m asked can we escort a drunken man with a head injury bleeding to X-ray with us! After the X-ray I have to ask God knows how many times can she have some pain relief. By the time she gets pain relief and to see a doctor hours have gone by. She then is told she has a complex spiral fracture of the bone between her elbow and shoulder. I think she will get sorted now. Oh how wrong I was. She gets a pathetic sling and told she can go home till the morning……… We are informed the trauma team will meet in the morning to decide if she needs an operation then ring us. Oh and from 4am she can’t drink or eat as she may have op Sunday. Well my poor mum is in agony at home. We get a call Sunday am to say she prob won’t need op but will see consultant Monday. I say she can’t be left another night in this pain plus we are struggling with a 3 year old and 10 week baby as well as mum and I’m told just get through today. Monday comes there is no record she has appt when we get to hosi and the saga continues. Won’t bore you with more details of how rubbish it was. The end result is she got bloody awful break has a huge brace fitted and will be in it for 9 weeks so can’t move her left top side. No support to help her so good job she moved in with us!! The care was soooo shit I just can’t believe it. Individually the majority of nurses and doctors were good but the organisation was crap. I’m no medical person but I could organise it better. Stunned……….

NHS – Waiting times at A&E Aintree Hospital

This is a serious matter with hospitals across the UK struggling to meet targets to deal with A&E patients on time. Below is an worrying and quirky reflection on the situation at Aintree Hospital put in footballing terms and with a potentially even more worrying possibility after Maghull ‘New Town’ etc. is built as a consequence of Sefton’s Councils Local Plan. Massive amounts of house building without any guarantee that the infrastructure will be either there or able to cope is one hell of a big risk but that is Sefton’s direction of travel under Labour!

By chance I was looking at N.H.S. A&E waiting time stats for last week. The government target is 95% attended to in 4 hours. The National average last week was 91.5%, whilst Aintree Hospital achieved a mere 82.3%, making it 105th out of 140 trusts nationally. In football terms, halfway down the “Vanarama Conference” division.

I can’t help thinking that once they have built 4,000 plus houses in Maghull ,Lydiate and Aintree plus distribution centres etc and huge lorries up and down Dunnings Bridge and the new link road, how long will the waiting time be then. To continue the football analogy, Aintree A&E will probably be at the bottom of the “Zingari Sunday Football league,( old boys ,division 2).

Food for thought and concern indeed. With thanks to Malcolm Gore for sending me his considered thoughts.