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Patient Advice and Liason Service (PALS)

The Patient Advice and Liason Service recognise that whether you are a patient, a relative, a carer, a friend of a patient or any other member of the public, you may have questions or concerns about the health services that a trust provides. PALS offer advice and guidance to patients and service users and also deal with idividual issues or complaints.

Please click here for contact details and more information on PALS

NHS Sefton’s Service Finder

This is a direct link to NHS Sefton website which enables you to search for local doctors, hospitals, dentists, pharmacists and opticians.

NHS Direct 

NHS Direct is here to make a difference to the lives of people in England, 24-hours a day, 365 days a year…

Advice and benefits

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Care Homes

Care Homes are establishments which provide accommodation on either a short-term or permanent basis. Some care homes provide nursing care, others provide assistance with daily living.

The types of care homes are listed below:

 Help Choosing a residential or nursing home

Choosing a residential or nursing home can be difficult, as no two are alike. There are some positive points such as security, being looked after, greater comfort, and perhaps new friends. For further information see Help Choosing a residential or nursing home.

A Guide to Caring for the Community

Adult Social Care Department also produce a booklet ‘A Guide to Adult Social Care Services in Sefton,’ which provides a range of information about social care as well as details of residential and nursing homes and home care providers in Sefton.
We also have a range leaflets that can be found on the Publication List page

Children, Schools and Families

For further information about the services provided by Sefton Children’s Services, please select from the list below:

Community health services

Since April 2011, health services in the community that were previously managed by NHS Sefton are being delivered by either Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust or Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust.

These include services such as podiatry, blood tests and district nursing.  These services are usually delivered in clinics or, sometimes, by home visits.


Sefton has over 120 dentists able to provide NHS treatment.

Lists of local NHS dentists are available in the phone book or from NHS Direct (0845 46 47).   If you have difficulties finding an NHS dentist in Sefton, please contact the NHS Sefton PALS team (0800 218 2333) who can tell you which dentists in your area are currently able to offer new patient NHS dental check ups.


Sefton has nearly 60 general practitioners (GPs).  Your local surgery provides a wide range of family health services, including:

  • advice on health problems
  • vaccinations
  • examinations and treatment
  • prescriptions for medicines
  • referrals to other health services and social services

Health Centres & Clinics

Almost all NHS Services can be found using the NHS Choices Service Finder.  As it is not possible to search for health centres or clinics on NHS Choices we have given these details below, listed for north and south Sefton.


Merseyside and Lancashire have a wide range of hospitals that are used by Sefton patients. Adult Accident and Emergency units are available at:

  • Aintree Hospital
  • Southport Hospital
  • Royal Liverpool Hospital
  • Broadgreen Hospital

Children’s Accident and Emergency units are available at:

  • Alder Hey Hospital
  • Ormskirk Hospital
  • Royal Liverpool Hospital

NHS Opticians

Sefton has nearly 40 opticians able to provide eye care and fit glasses and contact lenses. Optician is a general term that covers both optometrists and dispensing opticians.

Optometrists carry out sight tests to check the quality of your vision and eye health. They look for signs of eye disease that may need treatment from a doctor or eye surgeon and prescribe and fit glasses and contact lenses.

In an emergency

Accident and Emergency (casualty) departments are for serious or life threatening emergencies. If somebody is seriously ill or injured and needs urgent attention, call 999.

Please only use 999 in a genuine emergency, so that the ambulance service and casualty departments can concentrate on people who really need their help


Sefton has over 60 pharmacists able to dispense medicines and prescriptions and give advice.

Pharmacists (sometimes called chemists) are experts in medicines and how they work. They play a vital role in providing quality healthcare to patients at your local pharmacy.

They dispense your prescriptions, provide a range of services related to specific health issues and can give advice on healthy living and minor ailments.

Sexual health / contraception

Isis is Sefton’s sexual health service, providing reproductive and contraceptive health care alongside the testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, including Chlamydia.

Go to the ISIS website for information on all the free sexual health services available in Sefton. You’ll find useful maps, contact numbers, websites, and opening times at your fingertips .

NHS Choices sexual health pages include an online sexual health advice service, information about family planning / contraception, sexually transmitted infections and fertility.   

Sefton Family Services Directory

Your online guide to services for children and young people, their families and practitioners. All you need to know in one place!

This directory is managed by Sefton Families Information Service on behalf of the Children’s Trust. The services included in this directory are provided by a range of partners, including Sefton Council, NHS and organisations within the voluntary, community and faith sector.

If you would prefer to speak to an advisor or are experiencing problems browsing this site please call us on 0845 140 0845.

To search for services and clubs in your local area you can either browse the categories or you can search by keyword through ‘Find a Service’. For more detailed guidance please visit our Help Page.

Concerned about a child, young person or adult?
If you have concerns about a child, young person or adult you can contact Sefton Council’s Customer Access Team, who will be able to offer advice and an opportunity to discuss your concern.

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Adult Social Care

Sefton Libraries

Click here for full details of Sefton Library services across the borough. Your local library provide the following services…

Walk-in Centre

Sefton’s Walk in Centre is in Litherland.   It is available for the treatment of minor injuries and ailments.   There is no need to make an appointment.

Litherland Town Hall Walk in Centre
Off Hatton Hill Road/Field Lane
L21 9JN
Tel: 0151 475 4667

Opening times:
8am – 8pm, every day (including weekends and bank holidays)


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