‘DRIVE-THRU’ clinics have been launched for people at risk of heart attack and stroke.
Working with its NHS partners, Sefton Council staff have been on hand to ensure the drive-thru anticoagulation clinics for people on blood thinning medication run smoothly.
Council staff have been providing marshalling and have opened up council buildings for the NHS teams to use for the events - which have taken place at Dunes Splash World and Litherland Sports Park so far.
With some local clinics closed, the events have meant that patients on blood thinning medication, who are at increased risk of blood clots, can continue to receive their routine medication check-ups from the comfort of their car. Up to 140 patients can be seen at each of the session.
The check-ups, which entail a consultation, a finger-prick blood test and a hand-held monitoring device, are conducted through patients’ car windows by hospital staff wearing PPE. Patients needing the check-ups are sent 15-minute appointment slots and those who cannot drive are given appointments at one of the remaining clinic venues.
Cllr Ian Moncur Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “I am pleased we have been able to collaborate with our NHS colleagues to make possible these sessions to provide safe and convenient testing for local people. We look forward to working with our NHS colleagues to make possible similar future drive-thru events in the borough.”