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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

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
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Your chance to quiz NHS leaders

We're holding a public question time as part of our annual general meeting on Wednesday 29 August.

13 August 2018
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Clear on Cancer – Blood in Pee

 A retired mental health worker has backed a Public Health England campaign that aims to fight cancer by urging people to check their pee before flushing.

10 August 2018
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Health Matters - Your chance to quiz NHS leaders

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

If you’re reading this column, it’s a fair bet that you’re interested in the local NHS. And if that’s the case, then why not head for Macclesfield Town Hall on Wednesday 29 August for our annual general meeting?

09 August 2018
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Health Matters - ESCAPE-Pain

Dr Paul Bowen, our clinical chair, and GP with McIlvride Medical Practice, Poynton

As a GP, I see many patients whose quality of life has been undermined by long-term conditions that reduce their mobility. Sedentary lifestyles are bad news for general physical and mental wellbeing. And, in certain circumstances, lack of movement can actually worsen the condition in question.

Depending on the condition, medicine, physiotherapy and occupational therapy can all have a role to play in keeping people moving. However, there also some excellent exercise programmes to which people can refer themselves without having to see their GP first.

One such programme is ESCAPE-Pain, a knee and hip class running in Cheshire to improve mobility and reduce pain for people with chronic joint pain and osteoarthritis.

07 August 2018
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Firefighters add heart checks to Safe and Well visits with expansion of innovative project

Firefighters in Eastern Cheshire will soon be adding potentially life-saving heart checks to their Safe and Well visits following the expansion of an innovative project.

07 August 2018
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Helping parents to deal with minor illness

We're urging parents to download an award-winning app that will help them take the best possible care of their little ones when they fall ill.

18 July 2018
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Think pharmacy before passports!

With the summer holidays beckoning, a leading GP has offered a series of top tips to help holidaymakers stay well abroad and ensure their time in the sun is stress free.

18 July 2018
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Health Matters - Top tips for a safe summer

Dr Lesley Bayliss, clinical lead for children, NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Having an ill child or dealing with a minor injury can be daunting but parents are often best placed to help their child get better quickly. Understanding more about common childhood injuries or illnesses, and basic first aid skills, can help you decide what to do.

18 July 2018
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Health Matters - Passports and paracetamol

Dr Julia Huddart, clinical lead for urgent and emergency care, NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group

We all look forward to going on holiday! Planning the trip, buying a summer wardrobe, checking we’ve packed everything we need.  But with so many things to remember, essential items can get left behind. One small trip to the pharmacy before take-off could save you a lot of hassle and stress abroad.

18 July 2018
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Stay savvy in the summer sun

Summer has brought soaring temperatures and wall-to-wall sunshine, prompting health experts to urge people to take care while enjoying the best weather in years.

17 July 2018
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Health Matters - 70 years of the NHS

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

Last week I was lucky and honoured to attend a special service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS along with 2,000 other NHS staff and patients. 

11 July 2018
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Get active for NHS 70!

A Macclesfield-based GP and practice manager have urged people to give the NHS a great 70th birthday present by eating healthily and taking plenty of exercise.

11 July 2018
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National spotlight for NHS in Eastern Cheshire

We've been showcased in a prestigious national publication.

09 July 2018
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Self-care is just what the doctor ordered!

As the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday, an Eastern Cheshire GP has urged people to take more responsibility for their care and rely less on medical professionals in order to sustain the NHS that we know and rely on.

09 July 2018
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Health Matters - Hay fever's not to be sniffed at

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

Much like housemaid’s knee and tennis elbow, hay fever is an ailment that’s often a source of mild amusement – to those who don’t suffer from it. However, people afflicted by it will know that it’s nothing to be sniffed it.

That’s why I thought I’d use this week’s column to offer some top tips on managing the symptoms.

04 July 2018
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Saddleworth Moor fire

Public Health England has issued advice to people working in Greater Manchester near the Saddleworth Moor area affected by fire.

29 June 2018