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Health Matters - Staying safe in the sun this summer
Health Matters - Staying safe in the sun this summer

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

it’s important to remember that exposure of unprotected skin to the sun’s harmful rays can cause serious problems including sunburn, heatstroke and even cancer.So please take a few moments to read my top top tips on keeping safe in the sun, especially if you’re preparing for your summer holidays.

21 June 2017
Free health and wellbeing support
Free health and wellbeing support

We have commissioned a Talking Therapies service to support people with mild to moderate symptoms of stress, anxiety or depression. The service also helps people deal with underlying issues such as isolation and loneliness, money worries or relationship breakdown.

As part of the service, Talking Therapies has employed wellbeing coordinators who provide free  support across Eastern Cheshire. Read on for more.

15 June 2017
Speak to other people with the same health condition - free app

Would you like to talk to someone who has the same health condition as you?

There is now a free app you can download on iphone, where you can discuss experiences of your health condition, side effects of drugs or generally how you live with the disease, together with other people who also have it.

15 June 2017
Diabetes prevention video unveiled

To mark Diabetes WeekNHS England has produced a short animation to spell out the steps we can all take to reduce our risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

 

14 June 2017
Health Matters - Managing the misery of hay fever

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

Every summer, hay fever causes misery for hundreds of thousands of people. Indeed, many readers of this column will be all too familiar with wearying symptoms including sneezing fits, runny noses and itchy eyes.

But the good news is that it is possible to control the symptoms of hay fever by taking a few simple steps, even in landlocked counties like Cheshire where pollen tends to hang around longer.

14 June 2017
Employers! Help us support carers in the workplace

Do you employ people who are carers? Then you'll be interested in an event we're staging with partners at Crewe Alexandra FC next Thursday (15 June) from 1pm to 7pm.

07 June 2017
Health Matters - The power of complaints

Rosemary Kendrew, complaints, incidents and governance manager at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

In an ideal world, no one would make a mistake and no one would need to complain. In the real world, we recognise that we all get things wrong from time to time.

However, this recognition does not mean that we should shy away from trying to learn from the experiences of those who did not get the service to which they were entitled and would expect.

And, without wishing to sound too pious, that’s why we have a Complaints, Concerns and Compliments Team that treats every complaint as an opportunity for improvement. 

07 June 2017
Health Matters - Community hubs

Fleur Blakeman, director of strategy and transformation at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and Caring Together programme director

We're supporting the development of community hubs that will operate out of GP surgeries to offer all the services that people might need outside hospital.

31 May 2017
Health Matters - Major cash boost for diabetes care

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

I’m delighted to report that we have been successful in a partnership bid for £227,000 from NHS England’s national diabetes treatment and care transformation fund.

 

24 May 2017
Major cash boost for Eastern Cheshire diabetes care

We've been given a £227,000 cash injection to help people with diabetes take better care of themselves and reduce their risk of foot amputation.

19 May 2017
Health Matters - Hospital stroke services are England's finest

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

Eastern Cheshire people who unfortunately have a stroke are now getting the best hospital care in England, according to latest data.

17 May 2017
Eastern Cheshire has nation’s best hospital stroke care

Eastern Cheshire people who have a stroke are now getting the best hospital care in England, according to latest data.

16 May 2017
GP practice update following cyber attack

GP practices in Eastern Cheshire will be open as usual today (Monday 15 May) but many are still bringing their IT and clinical systems back online following the cyber attack which took place on Friday (12 May) and affected many organisations around the world.

15 May 2017
Help shape your local pharmacy services

Cheshire East Council has joined forces with NHS partners to post an online survey asking people what they think of community pharmacy services in their area.

11 May 2017
Health Matters - the pros and cons of running

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

As a medical professional, I’m often asked if long-distance running – typically of five miles or more – is good for us. Therefore, I thought I’d use this week’s column to offer a balanced argument.

10 May 2017
National plaudits for doctor’s patient safety initiative

An Eastern Cheshire GP trainee is in the running for a national award after developing a new way of helping doctors to reduce the number of frail, elderly patients falling and injuring themselves.

08 May 2017
Health Matters - Mental Health Awareness Week

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

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place this year from 8 to 14 May. It is organised by the Mental Health Foundation, which wants us to recognise that good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem – it’s about thriving, not surviving. Accordingly the foundation is promoting steps we can all take to look after our mental health, building resilience to cope with the demands of life. For lots of great advice on mental wellbeing, visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk and search for “Mental Health Awareness Week.” 

03 May 2017