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Health Matters: Heart Month
Health Matters: Heart Month

February is the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) National Heart Month

There are around 2.6 million people in the UK living with coronary heart disease (CHD). We all have a heart so we’re all at risk, which is why we should do all we can to look after our heart.

18 February 2020
Take the drama out of minor illnesses this Half Term.
Take the drama out of minor illnesses this Half Term.

As part of the national Help Us, Help You campaign, people in Cheshire are being asked to take the drama out of minor illnesses by seeking expert advice from their local pharmacist this half term. Research shows that 27 per cent of general practice appointments in England could potentially be treated elsewhere. Approximately 18 million of these could be treated through self care and community pharmacies.

12 February 2020
Health Matters: World Cancer Day

This day is a global initiative led by the union for international cancer control (UICC). Whilst we are trying to make an impact in Cheshire, the UICC are raising global awareness, improving education, catalysing personal, collective and government actions. Over the years this has grown into a positive movement as we face of our greatest challenges in History.

11 February 2020
Coronavirus update - 10 February 2020

The NHS in Cheshire and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

10 February 2020
Give your heart some love this Valentine’s Day

People across Cheshire are being encouraged to give their hearts some TLC this Valentine’s Day, 14 February.


The plea comes from the four NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), as 650,000 people in the Cheshire & Merseyside area are thought to have high blood pressure, a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Of these around 260,000 people (40%) don’t know yet they are affected and at risk.

10 February 2020
Time to Talk Day

NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are supporting Time to Talk Day (Thursday 6 February) by encouraging as many people as possible to choose to talk about mental health. Time to Talk Day is organised by Time to Change, the campaign to change how we all think and act about mental health problems, led by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. Time to Talk Day aims to get as many people as possible talking about mental health.

05 February 2020
State-of-the-art mental health facilities for East Cheshire unveiled

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) is delighted to announce the opening of two new mental health wards in Macclesfield.

With names selected by service users, carers and staff, Silk and Mulberry Wards aim to honour the local silk-making heritage of the area and provide assessment and treatment for local people experiencing a mental health crisis.

04 February 2020
Health Matters: Healthier You

The number of people living with type 2 diabetes in the UK has more than doubled since 1996 yet is almost always preventable as its lifestyle related with an astonishing 4.1 million people living with type “diabetes.  

To reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, you should:

03 February 2020
Climate change now central to all decision-making by Cheshire CCGs

Climate change is now a top priority in all decision-making by NHS commissioners in Cheshire.

The Governing Bodies of the county’s four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) – Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire, Vale Royal and West Cheshire – have pledged to take immediate action on climate change in relation to all commissioning, contracting, employment, partnership working and premises and logistics management.

03 February 2020
Audio recording of January 2020 Governing Body meeting

The Governing Bodies of the four Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) met in common at Bevan House in Nantwich on 23 January 2020.

To listen to an audio recording of the meeting, please click here.

31 January 2020
Coronavirus - what you need to know

Public Health England has produced a Q&A blog providing information and details on what you need to know about this virus.

31 January 2020
Health Matters: Cervical Cancer Awareness Week

It will be 10 years in March since the death from cervical cancer of reality TV star Jade Goody.


Jade was aged just 27 and may well have survived if she had undergone the regular screening tests that detect the disease in its early stages. That’s why GPs in Cheshire have been working to prevent other needless deaths by supporting Cervical Cancer Awareness Week.

Did you know cervical cancer can often be prevented?  Any woman or Transgender man who still has a cervix should think about having a smear test to help prevent cervical cancer.

27 January 2020
Health Matters: How to beat the January Blues



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

Beating the January Blues

As the celebrations and excitement of the festive season give way to the cold, dark days of January, it’s not unusual for many of us to feel somewhat low..

Most people feel low from time to time but if it’s having a significant effect on your life there are things that you can do to help. Support is also available if you’re finding it hard to cope.

Symptoms of a low mood include feeling:

  • Sad
  • Anxious
  • More tired than usual
  • Angry
  • Frustrated
  • Low in confidence or self-esteem

While these will usually get better on their own after a few days or weeks, it’s possible to improve low mood by making small changes.


When you’re feeling low, you should

  • Talk to a loved one about your feelings
  • Try to find ways to feel happier, for example go for a walk or a run, find time for your favourite hobby or read a book
  • Finding out how to raise your self-esteem
  • Listening to free mental wellbeing audio guides 



  • Do everything at once
  • Focus on things you can’t change
  • Tell yourself you’re alone
  • Use alcohol/ cigarettes/ gambling or drugs to relieve a low mood


If your mood hasn’t improved after two weeks it could be a sign of depression. Symptoms would then include:

  • Getting no enjoyment out of life
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Not being able to concentrate
  • Having suicidal thoughts


When you’re feeling low you can refer yourself for cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) by visiting or calling 01625 469955. You can get a GP to refer you if you’d prefer. Alternatively call 111 if it’s urgent but not an emergency or 999 or go straight to A&E if you need immediate help.

More information can be found here:

Remember you are not alone!

21 January 2020
Health Matters: Help us Help you

The NHS runs a Help Us Help You campaign each winter to help us stay well, look after ourselves when we suffer a minor ailment and seek the right medical support when we’re not getting better on our own. The campaign includes flu vaccinations, NHS 111, seeking advice at the first sign of illness, and using evening and weekend GP appointments.

The winter months can be very challenging for urgent care services, which is why we should all do all we can to look after our own health and not use stretched NHS services unless we really need them.

16 January 2020
HPV stigma must end, says leading nurse

The organisations that plan and buy Cheshire’s healthcare are supporting Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to tackle the myths and stigma around the common virus, HPV, and to get the facts out.

14 January 2020
First Town Council in Cheshire to achieve NHS Self Care Award

On Friday 10 January Poynton Town Council received an NHS Bronze Self Care Award at a celebration ceremony held at Poynton Civic Hall.

10 January 2020
Health Matters: Dry January

Lots of us may have drank a little bit too much over the past few weeks, after all it’s important you celebrate Christmas and New Year, but a month off alcohol is a great way to start the year and a perfect way to reset your relationship with alcohol.

08 January 2020
Do you suffer with lower back pain?

Get back into exercise and Join Everybody Sport and Recreation’s free, brand new six-week programme, ESCAPE-pain for backs.We commissioned the programme with the Health Innovation Network.

06 January 2020
Health Matters: Enjoying the Christmas Period

You may have taken some time off over this festive period, so it’s imperative that you enjoy spending that time with loved ones.

Whilst it may be cold a great way to spend some of your time would be to go for a walk, whilst it’s not only great to spend some time outside you get to view the gorgeous Cheshire countryside. Some of the walks I enjoy are going to Tegg’s nose, walking on the Edge and Lyme Park.

31 December 2019