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Health Matters - Movember

Dr Mike Clark, GP with High Street Surgery, Macclesfield and governing body member of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

I’m calling on my male friends and colleagues to support Movember, the annual global campaign to improve men’s health by raising funds for research and treatment for prostate and testicular cancer and men’s mental wellbeing.

18 October 2017
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Health Matters - NHS Right Care

Dr Mike Clark, Clinical Lead for NHS RightCare at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

I’m going to start this week’s column in an unusual way by quoting an American academic called William Edwards Deming. While this may seem a peculiar introduction to a health column, I hope the reason will soon become clear.

Deming was an engineer, statistician, author and lecturer who died in 1993, aged 93. One of his best-known quotes is as follows: “Without data, you’re just another person with an opinion.”

And that’s certainly the case for NHS clinicians and managers if they start redesigning services without evidence of what the current service achieves or the likely impact of a planned change.

For that reason, we’re signed up to a national programme called NHS RightCare which is all about reducing variation in the quality of services in order to improve people’s health and achieve better value for money in the planning and buying of healthcare.

11 October 2017
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Health Matters - Atrial fibrillation

You may have heard of atrial fibrillation (AF). This is a condition of the heart that can often go undetected until people fall ill. It can lead to a stroke, and can produce symptoms such as palpitations, breathlessness and fatigue.

The main cause of AF is high blood pressure, and keeping fit, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and a low salt diet will all help prevent AF and other serious health complications. 

04 October 2017
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National plaudits for pioneering health app

A ground breaking app that was built to ease pressure on hospital A&E departments is in the running for a prestigious national award.

29 September 2017
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Health Matters - Why your GP is great value

Dr Paul Bowen, clinical chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton

What does £146 get you these days? Four months’ dog insurance, three months’ car insurance, two months of a comprehensive TV sports and film package? Half an hour with a high street solicitor?

It’s also the value of a full year of general practice care. Yes, your local NHS GP gets on average £146 per year from the taxpayer for 12 months of care. On average, a GP will see each patient six times per year (double the frequency from a decade ago), that’s £24 a visit.

27 September 2017
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Health Matters - CATCH app shortlisted for award

Dr Lesley Bayliss, clinical lead for children at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

I was delighted to learn a few days ago that an app we developed with partners has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The app in question is called CATCH, which stands for Common Approach to Children’s Health. Its purpose is to help parents and carers of children aged 0 - 5 to look after their little ones when they fall ill and to seek medical advice when necessary.

Now, CATCH is in the running for a Health Service Journal award for enhancing care by sharing data and information. 

20 September 2017
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Adult mental health pre-consultation workshop

The NHS in Eastern and Central Cheshire is working in partnership with Cheshire East Council to review and transform adult mental health services.

This is a key part of local health and social care integration programmes Caring Together (Eastern Cheshire) and Connecting Care (Central Cheshire).

As part of the review, we are running a pre-consultation workshop at Macclesfield Town FC SK11 7SP next Thursday (28 September).

19 September 2017
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Health Matters - Know Your Numbers

Dr Paul Bowen, clinical chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton

Know Your Numbers Week runs from 18 to 24 September and is the UK's biggest blood pressure testing and awareness event.

High blood pressure is called the silent killer because it has no symptoms. Therefore, the only way to know if you are at risk from a stroke or heart disease is to have a blood pressure check. 

You can help stop stroke and heart disease by finding out your blood pressure numbers at a pressure station near you during Know Your Numbers Week. Visit www.bloodpressureuk.org and follow the links.

13 September 2017
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Know your numbers and combat high blood pressure

High blood pressure is called the silent killer because it has no symptoms.

Therefore, the only way for people to know if they are at risk from a stroke or heart disease is to have a blood pressure check. 

12 September 2017
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Health Matters - Eastern Cheshire HealthVoice

Jane Stephens, lay member for public and patient involvement at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

Are you passionate about the NHS? Would you like to get involved in shaping healthcare in Eastern Cheshire? Are you interested in finding out how local health services are planned and bought?

Then why not attend next Thursday’s (14 September) meeting of our HealthVoice patient and carer group in Poynton Civic Hall, Park Lane, Poynton SK12 1RB from 1.30pm to 4pm?

06 September 2017
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Health Matters - Getting in shape for planned surgery

Dr Mike Clark, clinical lead for health optimisation at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with High Street Surgery, Macclesfield

As we get older, wear and tear can cause parts of our body like knees and hips to weaken to a point where they need replacing.

When that happens, it’s vital that patients and health professionals take every possible step to reduce the risk of surgery and increase the chances of a quick, full recovery. One of the ways in which we can do this is to help people stop smoking, lose weight and cut down on their drinking before they go under the knife.

For that reason, we have introduced a health optimisation policy that takes effect this month (September) and will see GPs referring patients – where necessary – to a support service called One You Cheshire East.

04 September 2017
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Seven Steps to stay well in Eastern Cheshire this bank holiday

With the bank holiday just around the corner, we're urging people across Eastern Cheshire to stay well and be prepared.

24 August 2017
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Health Matters - Our AGM and Health Fair

Gill Boston, lay member for public and patient involvement at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

Are you keen to lose weight or stop smoking? Are you looking for help to support a loved one with a long-term condition? Would you like to talk to local NHS leaders about what you need from health services?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then why not attend our annual general meeting and health and wellbeing fair at Macclesfield Town Hall next Wednesday (30 August) from 2pm to 5pm?

23 August 2017
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Health Matters - Annual Assessment

Jerry Hawker, chief officer of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

Those of us who work in the public sector or regulated industries will have experienced the nervousness of being inspected by watchdogs and awaiting their verdict. Being scrutinised is always an ordeal yet it’s important that performance is assessed independently so we can learn from mistakes and keep improving.

And, of course, if we’re performing well, it’s heartening to be told we’re doing a good job. For that reason, I was pleased that we shone in most areas of a recent national Annual Assessment of CCGs by NHS England.

16 August 2017
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All the fun of the fair!

Eastern Cheshire people are to be given a chance to quiz NHS leaders who plan and buy their healthcare.

14 August 2017
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Health Matters - Active Signposting

Dr Paul Bowen, clinical chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton

Next time you visit your GP surgery, a medical receptionist may well ask you to give a brief description of what’s wrong. If this happens, it’s not because they’re being nosey – it’s that they want to direct you to the most appropriate service.

08 August 2017
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Health Matters - Why breast is best

Dr Lesley Bayliss, clinical champion for children at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

There’s an old saying that breast is best for babies. And as it’s World Breastfeeding Week from Tuesday 1 August to Monday 7 August, I thought I’d use this week’s column to take a look at the facts.

08 August 2017
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NHS watchdogs praise clinical priority services in Eastern Cheshire

Cancer care in Eastern Cheshire has been rated outstanding by NHS England.

21 July 2017
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Half a million people to benefit as clinical pharmacists join GP teams

We have been included in the second wave of areas to have a clinical pharmacist in their GP practices.

The announcement was made this week by NHS England, which brought 494 clinical pharmacists into general practice in the first wave of its clinical pharmacy pilot in 2015.

20 July 2017
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Health Matters - Mental health support when you need it

Dr Ian Hulme, clinical lead for mental health at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with Meadowside Medical Centre, Congleton

Despite the wide-ranging mental health services available in Eastern Cheshire, there will always be people who find themselves feeling desperate or having suicidal thoughts. Often, such people may feel there is no one to turn to. In situations such as these, I would urge people to call Samaritans, whose specially-trained volunteers provide a confidential listening service 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

19 July 2017
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National recognition for doctor’s bright idea

An Eastern Cheshire GP trainee has been highly commended at a national awards ceremony for finding a new way to help doctors reduce the number of frail, elderly patients falling and injuring themselves.

13 July 2017
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Health Matters - why it's important to discuss depression

Dr Paul Bowen, clinical chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton

Tackling some of the persistent taboos and misinformation on mental health has been in the news recently, affecting everyone from pop stars to princes.

It is an area as a GP I feel strongly about. A large proportion of my work is involved in managing mental health issues. One of the biggest challenges is helping patients accept, and then understand, their diagnosis.

One such diagnosis, depression, will undoubtedly affect you or someone close to you at some point in their life. 

12 July 2017
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Top marks for GP surgeries

Eastern Cheshire’s 22 GP practices have outstripped national performance on 12 of 13 measures of patient satisfaction.

11 July 2017
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Health Matters - Why our CATCH app is great news for parents

Dr Lesley Bayliss, clinical lead for children at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

We've developed a free app for parents and carers of children aged 0 - 5. Read on for more . . .

05 July 2017
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Health Matters - Talking Therapies

Dr Ian Hulme, clinical lead for mental health at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG and GP with Meadowside Medical Centre, Congleton

We've established a new Talking Therapies service for people with mild to moderate symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression.

28 June 2017