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Health Matters Falls Prevention
Health Matters Falls Prevention

Falling or the risk of falling can be a worrying thing for many people. If you have fallen in the past, making changes to reduce your chances of having a fall can also help you overcome any fear of falling.

21 February 2018
Health Matters - Delayed transfer of care
Health Matters - Delayed transfer of care

I wanted to start this week’s column by thanking readers for easing pressure on the NHS this winter by choosing the right healthcare at the right time. Figures for winter so far show that relatively few people have visited A&E at Macclesfield Hospital unnecessarily.

By treating coughs, colds and sore throats at home – and with help from their community pharmacist – people are helping ensure that urgent and emergency care are available for those who really need it.


19 February 2018
Parents urged to think pharmacist first for unwell children

Millions of parents could get more convenient and timely expert advice if their child has a minor illness by opting to go to their local pharmacist first instead of the GP.

13 February 2018
Health Matters HealthVoice Feb 2018

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?

If you are interested join me at Curzon Cinema, Knutsford next Wednesday (14 February), from 1.30pm to 4pm, for a meeting of an independent patient and carer group called HealthVoice.

07 February 2018
Haelth Matters - Diabetes Prevention Programme

Did you know that around one in 20 people in Eastern Cheshire has diabetes and that the number is increasing all the time? And did you know that more than 90 per cent of those people have Type 2 diabetes, which is almost entirely preventable? There are also around 1 in thirty four people in Eastern Cheshire with diagnosed pre-diabetes, with a huge percentage of the population that have not yet been diagnosed.


24 January 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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