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111 Online
Need medical help right now? NHS 111 is now available online

A leading doctor has raised awareness of the NHS 111 online service, which is now available across the North West.

08 February 2019
NHS Long Term Plan
Deal to expand GP services to deliver NHS Long Term Plan welcomed by local health and care leaders

A new five-year contract for general practice across England will see billions of extra investment for improved access to family doctors, expanded services at local practices and longer appointments for patients who need them. 

04 February 2019
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Non-emergency ambulance contract awarded

A new non-emergency ambulance contract for Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral will see additional staff based locally providing ever higher standards of care.

01 February 2019
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Cheshire CCGs pledge to improve workforce health and wellbeing

Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are leading the way by taking the Active Workplace Pledge in partnership with Active Cheshire to support the health and wellbeing of their workforce.

25 January 2019
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Health Matters - World Cancer Day

Dr Mike Clark, cancer lead at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG and GP with High Street Surgery, Macclesfield

Nearly 1,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK, with an average of one in three people developing some form of cancer during their lifetime.

That’s why I'm supporting World Cancer Day next Monday (February 4).

23 January 2019
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Green light for new mental health services

Plans to improve the care of more than 7,000 people who need support every year with serious, long-term mental health problems have received the green light. The enhanced community services will include a new dementia outreach service and 24/7 crisis care, alongside modern inpatient facilities for those who require hospital care.

18 January 2019
Cervical Screening
Health Matters - cervical screening

Katie Mills, GP nurse lead, NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group

There are many reasons why women between the ages of 25 and 64 choose to not attend their cervical screening test, previously known as a smear test. To stop this happening, it is important to understand what the screening is for and what to expect. 

16 January 2019
Flu Jab Final Reminder
Health experts: It’s not too late to protect against flu

We're warning local people about the risk of flu as statistics show fewer at-risk people have been vaccinated against the illness this year. 

14 January 2019
Beating Jan Blues
Health Matters - Beating The January Blues

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

January is often a month filled with grey skies, empty bank accounts and days that don’t seem to be getting any longer, that’s why it’s often dubbed the most depressing month of the year.

08 January 2019
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NHS Long Term Plan

NHS England has today published a Long Term Plan which sets out how the NHS will support patients throughout their lives.

07 January 2019
Stroke Contract Awarded
Community stroke service contract awarded

Hospital stays for Eastern Cheshire people who have had a stroke are set to fall by up to six days after a new community service is launched in April.

02 January 2019
Drink Free Days
Health Matters - Drink-free days

Dr Ian Hulme, clinical lead on substance misuse at NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, and GP with Meadowside Medical Centre, Congleton

Many people enjoy a small tipple from time to time but regularly exceeding the recommended drinking levels can seriously damage your health.

02 January 2019
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Health Matters - New Years Resolutions

Many of us will make a healthy New Year's resolution – maybe to lose weight, quit smoking or get active – but what's the best way to stick to it?

27 December 2018
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Health Matters - Be a Noble Neighbour

Dr Julia Huddart, clinical lead for urgent care at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

I’m encouraging everyone to get involved in our #NobleNeighbour campaign, in which we share tips on how you can help a neighbour in your community and put a smile on their face this winter.

19 December 2018
Staying well in winter

A local NHS leader has urged those living with breathing problems to help themselves to stay well this winter as temperatures plummet.

13 December 2018
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Health Matters - NHS services at Christmas

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

The last thing that people want is to be ill over the festive period but sometimes it’s unavoidable. If you are unfortunate enough to fall ill, the NHS is here to help.

12 December 2018
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Health Matters - Last chance to comment on mental health redesign

We're holding a four-week consultation until 21 December on one part of our plans to redesign specialist mental health services for adults and older people in Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal.

Following consideration, any subsequent amendments agreed by the consulting partners will be reflected in the chosen model, Option 2 Plus, and progressed to implementation.

Click here to view Option 2 Plus. You can comment by emailing or calling 01625 663477.

05 December 2018
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Consultation on relocating inpatient services for complex rehabilitation patients

Click here for details of a consultation on relocating inpatient services for complex rehabilitation patients.

03 December 2018
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Do you have knee or hip pain?

Do you have knee or hip pain? If yes, join Everybody Leisure’s new programme, ESCAPE-pain in 2019, to help you to manage your joint pain.

03 December 2018
Norovirus warning as figures reveal over 1,600 hospital bed days lost to bug in Cheshire and Merseyside last winter

The NHS in Cheshire and Merseyside is appealing to residents to heed healthcare professionals’ advice on norovirus as figures show the extent of invaluable hospital bed space lost due to the nasty condition last winter.

03 December 2018
Macclesfield GP practices - Disruption to telephone system: 9 December

The answer phones of the six GP practices in Macclesfield will be out of operation on Sunday 9 December, 3pm to 5pm, because of essential maintenance works by Electricity North West to the substation supplying Waters Green Medical Centre.

30 November 2018
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Mental health services set to be transformed

The local NHS has approved plans to transform care for people who experience severe mental ill health. The decision will pave the way for greatly enhanced community services including a dementia outreach service, 24/7 crisis service and crisis care beds.

28 November 2018
Health Matters - Extended GP Access

Dr Paddy Kearns, GP partner at Manchester Road Medical Centre, Knutsford

While public satisfaction with general practice is high, we know there’s more we can do to make our services accessible.

That’s why GP practices in Eastern Cheshire are working together to give patients better access to healthcare services by offering additional appointments to see a clinical member of the practice team on weekdays after 6.30pm and on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

28 November 2018
Health Matters - Help Us Help You this winter

Dr Julia Huddart, clinical lead for urgent care at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

It is important that we know where to go for treatment, especially in winter, when patient demand for healthcare increases and it becomes more crucial than ever that we don’t use urgent or emergency care, or the GP practice, unless it’s absolutely essential.

21 November 2018
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Proposed redesign of specialist mental health services

Click here to read the final options to redesign specialist mental health services for adults and older people in Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal.

19 November 2018
Appointment of Clare Watson as single accountable officer for Cheshire CCGs

We and the other three clinical commissioning groups in Cheshire (NHS South Cheshire CCGNHS Vale Royal CCG and NHS West Cheshire CCG) are pleased to announce the appointment of Clare Watson to the role of accountable officer.

19 November 2018
Health Matters - Five top tips for staying well this winter

Dr Julia Huddart, clinical lead for urgent care at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

Cold weather can be seriously bad for your health. The cold and damp weather, ice, snow and high winds can all aggravate any existing health problems and make us more vulnerable to respiratory winter illnesses. But there are lots of things you can do to Stay Well This Winter.

From keeping warm to common winter illnesses, free advice about how to stay healthy is available on our website.

Here are five things that I recommend you do . . .

14 November 2018
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Local campaign aimed at freeing up hospital beds wins regional award

A local campaign aimed at keeping hospital beds free for those who really need them this winter has won a regional award.

12 November 2018
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Whilst we remember, remember your health: Military veterans encouraged to tell their GP about their military service

Ahead of the centenary of the First World War, we're encouraging military veterans to access priority NHS treatment if they need it by telling their GP about their service.

07 November 2018
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Health Matters - Preventing diabetes

Katie Mills RGN, clinical lead for diabetes at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

Did you know that you can prevent or delay many of the problems caused by diabetes? Read on for more.

07 November 2018
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Local nurse scoops accolade at safeguarding awards

A nurse who has worked in the NHS for 30 years has been commended for her services to adult safeguarding by being honoured at the Cheshire East Safeguarding and Dignity Awards.

06 November 2018
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Cash boost for Eastern Cheshire mental health

We've increased our spending on mental health services by £250,000 or nearly three per cent.


05 November 2018
Health Matters - Why the flu jab is so important

Dr Julia Huddart, clinical lead for urgent care at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

Having your flu jab protects you and those around you. Flu is a serious illness which we should all be playing our part to prevent, protecting both ourselves and those around us. The vaccine is up to 70 per cent effective, depending on the strains of flu circulating each year. So be a flu fighter and have the jab.

31 October 2018
Urgent care doctor’s flu jab plea

Flu kills around 8,000 people in England every year, which is more than eight times the annual confirmed total of measles, mumps and rubella cases combined.

29 October 2018
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Health Matters - Men's health

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

The reasons for men not living as long as women are largely preventable. Which means that it doesn’t have to be that way: it’s possible for all men to take action to live healthier, happier and longer lives.

24 October 2018