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People urged to have the jab as flu cases rise

Cheshire and Merseyside’s medical director has urged people who are in at-risk groups to get themselves vaccinated, as numbers of people experiencing flu symptoms continue to rise. 

19 January 2018
Seal of approval for diabetes care

Diabetes services in Eastern Cheshire have been rated good by NHS England.

19 January 2018
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Residents encouraged to know their healthcare options

The NHS in Eastern Cheshire is asking people to think carefully and to consider which health service to use this winter as demands on urgent and emergency care continue to rise.

19 January 2018
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Health Matters - Stay Well this Winter

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’.

17 January 2018
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Know where to go to stay well this winter

We've launched a drive to make sure that patients know about the range of services available to you if you fall ill or have an injury.

12 January 2018
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Health Matters - Dry January 2018

You've finally run out of turkey for sandwiches and curries, there are no more Christmas films on TV and the family-size box of chocolates is empty (except for the coconut ones).

Attention has now turned to the year ahead and the pledges that many of us make to be better people over the next 12 months.

10 January 2018
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Health Matters - Winter Blues

Lots of people get depressed in winter, or suffer from "the winter blues". The medical name for this winter depression is seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

If the short, dark days are getting you down, what can you do to feel like yourself again?

03 January 2018
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Health Matters - Referral Management System

One of our priorities is to ensure people get the right care in the right place at the right time and that they are treated as close to home as possible.

As part of this work, we’re following an “elective care high-impact interventions programme” developed by NHS England to ensure a consistent national approach when patients are referred to hospital outpatient departments for appointments about planned surgery. 

27 December 2017
Community pharmacy opening hours - Christmas and New Year

Your community pharmacist is a highly-qualified healthcare professional who can offer expert advice and recommend medication if you fall ill over Christmas.

Click here then scroll down to find your nearest pharmacy and its opening hours over the Christmas and New Year period.

22 December 2017
GP practice opening hours - Christmas and New Year

Click here to see the opening hours of our GP practices from 22 December 2017 to 7 January 2018.

22 December 2017
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Health Matters - Drink Responsibly

Many of us enjoy alcohol and there’s nothing wrong with that. But drinking too much can damage your health. In fact twice as many people now die from liver disease than in 1991, and liver disease is the fifth biggest killer in England and Wales after heart disease, cancer, stroke and respiratory disease.

20 December 2017
National plaudits for health app

An award-winning app developed by health and social care organisations in Cheshire has earned national NHS recognition.

15 December 2017
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Health Matters Self Care

Cold weather can be seriously bad for your health but did you know that advice is available about how to ‘Stay well this Winter’.  

A cure for the common cold has not been discovered between last winter and this winter and our GP surgeries will receive hundreds of calls each week asking for treatment for sore throats, coughs and colds.

14 December 2017
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Health Matters - Community Hubs update

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

Regular readers of this column will know that the Caring Together programme is joining up health and social care services across Eastern Cheshire.

Its aim is to provide community-based care that helps people to stay well and supports people with long-term conditions to live independently at home – where they want to be.


08 December 2017
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Health Matters - Blood Pressure

Did you know that more than a quarter of adults in England have high blood pressure?

30 November 2017
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Health Matters - World Diabetes Day

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

As it’s World Diabetes Day on 14 November, I thought I’d use this week’s column to tell you about a Congleton pensioner whose life has been transformed by following a course for people at risk of developing diabetes.

15 November 2017
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Retired council official salutes diabetes prevention programme

A Congleton pensioner lost two stone in just 10 weeks after following a course for people at risk of developing diabetes.

08 November 2017
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Health Matters - Financial challenges

Jerry Hawker, chief officer of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

To try to reduce our debt, we’re working hard this year to save £17.9m, or nearly four per cent of turnover. But, even if we manage it, we’ll still end the year with a debt of £13.4m agreed with NHS England.

Yet our end-of-year deficit is more likely to be £23.1m. That’s because there’s a gap of nearly £7m that we will not be able to bridge unless we make major changes to the way services are delivered. Such changes would almost certainly require public consultation and approval in principle by NHS England. Discussions have been underway for some time and it’s likely that an announcement will be made early next year.

08 November 2017
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Health Matters - HealthVoice - Congleton Town Hall

Are you passionate about the NHS? Would you like to influence how healthcare is planned and bought for the 204,000 people of Eastern Cheshire?


Then why not join me at Congleton Town Hall next Tuesday (14 November), from 9.30am to 12 noon, for a meeting of an independent patient and carer group called HealthVoice?

31 October 2017
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National praise for pioneering mental health service

We've been saluted for transforming the way care is provided to people with mild to moderate stress, anxiety or depression.

27 October 2017
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Health Matters - Eastern Cheshire Cancer Strategy

Our cancer care was recently rated outstanding by NHS England. Reasons for this include the fact that the number of people dying from cancer in Eastern Cheshire is 14 per cent below the national average – and nearly 20 per cent lower than in 2003.

Despite these successes, we’re not complacent and are constantly striving for improvement. And that’s why our governing body approved a new cancer strategy last month for the next four years.


25 October 2017
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Regional award for health app

Regional award for health app

A pioneering health app has won a prestigious regional award.

24 October 2017
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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
Dr Paul Bowen
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
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