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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 ecccg.generalenquiries@nhs.net 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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NHS urges people to get flu jab

A leading local GP has supported the call for all members of the public to get vaccinated against flu this winter, especially those who are in high-risk groups.

19 October 2018
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Health Matters - Helping Flo

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

We have joined with East Cheshire NHS Trust and other health and social care partners to launch a campaign to ensure that patients don’t remain in hospital longer than is clinically necessary and are able to get home promptly at the end of their stay. 

17 October 2018
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Health Matters - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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

Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK? Many people don’t, and that’s why we’re supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) to raise awareness of signs and symptoms.

10 October 2018
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Health Matters - Homelessness & Healthcare

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, the thoughts of many care providers turn to the plight of the homeless. Having no permanent address is bad for people’s health at any time but is particularly detrimental in the winter – especially for people sleeping rough.

03 October 2018
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Health Matters - Check Before you Tick

Dr Graham Duce, clinical lead for medicines management at NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and GP at Park Green Surgery, Macclesfield

NHS England and NHS Business Services Authority have launched a new campaign called Check Before You Tick. It aims to help patients better understand who is eligible for free prescriptions and, if eligible, how to claim correctly to avoid unnecessary penalty charges.

26 September 2018
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Health Matters - Improved Access

Dr Paddy Kearns, GP Partner at Manchester Road Surgery in Knutsford

It is not always easy to arrange an appointment at your local GP surgery. This is because a growing and aging population over the last five years has coincided with a decline in the number of GPs.

21 September 2018
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Health Matters - Get your free flu jab

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

If you have ever had flu, you’ll know how bad it is. It’s more than a bad cold or a chesty cough. Flu can confine healthy people to bed for days, cause misery for millions and can even kill those most at risk of falling seriously ill if they catch it.

 

13 September 2018
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Local health leaders urge people to discuss their wishes during Organ Donation Week

We're urging people in Eastern Cheshire to discuss their wishes during Organ Donation Week 2018.

05 September 2018
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Do You Know Your Numbers?

Cheshire East’s health leaders have backed a national campaign that aims to combat a silent killer by urging people to get their blood pressure tested.

29 August 2018
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Health Matters - Know Your Numbers 2018

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

I’m encouraging everyone to get their blood pressure checked during Know Your Numbers week, running from 10 to 16 September.

29 August 2018
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Plans unveiled for community stroke service

Hospital stays for patients who have had a stroke are set to fall by up to sixdays after a new community service is launched next April.

22 August 2018
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Health Matters - Community stroke service

Dr Sarah Oliver, clinical lead for stroke care at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and local GP

Eastern Cheshire patients who have suffered a stroke are set to benefit from a new community service that is due to launch next March and will offer specialist community rehabilitation in, or close to, their homes. 

22 August 2018
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GP Patient Survey

GP practices in Eastern Cheshire are in the top eight per cent in England, according to the findings of a national patient satisfaction survey.

22 August 2018
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Update on next steps regarding the consultation on the redesign of adult and older people’s specialist mental health services in Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal

We wanted to update you on the next steps in relation to the recent public consultation regarding proposals to redesign adult and older people’s specialist mental health services in Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal.

17 August 2018
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Health chiefs salute Eastern Cheshire cancer and maternity services

Cancer care and maternity services in Eastern Cheshire have been rated outstanding in a national assessment.

17 August 2018
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Health Matters - Think sepsis

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

As a GP, I’m keenly aware that early detection of potentially serious conditions is crucial to a speedy and full recovery - no more so than in the case of sepsis. 

15 August 2018