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Health Matters - CATCH app shortlisted for award
Health Matters - CATCH app shortlisted for award

Dr Lesley Bayliss, clinical lead for children at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

I was delighted to learn a few days ago that an app we developed with partners has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The app in question is called CATCH, which stands for Common Approach to Children’s Health. Its purpose is to help parents and carers of children aged 0 - 5 to look after their little ones when they fall ill and to seek medical advice when necessary.

Now, CATCH is in the running for a Health Service Journal award for enhancing care by sharing data and information. 

20 September 2017
Adult mental health pre-consultation workshop
Adult mental health pre-consultation workshop

The NHS in Eastern and Central Cheshire is working in partnership with Cheshire East Council to review and transform adult mental health services.

This is a key part of local health and social care integration programmes Caring Together (Eastern Cheshire) and Connecting Care (Central Cheshire).

As part of the review, we are running a pre-consultation workshop at Macclesfield Town FC SK11 7SP next Thursday (28 September).

19 September 2017
Health Matters - Know Your Numbers

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

Know Your Numbers Week runs from 18 to 24 September and is the UK's biggest blood pressure testing and awareness event.

High blood pressure is called the silent killer because it has no symptoms. Therefore, the only way to know if you are at risk from a stroke or heart disease is to have a blood pressure check. 

You can help stop stroke and heart disease by finding out your blood pressure numbers at a pressure station near you during Know Your Numbers Week. Visit www.bloodpressureuk.org and follow the links.

13 September 2017
Know your numbers and combat high blood pressure

High blood pressure is called the silent killer because it has no symptoms.

Therefore, the only way for people to know if they are at risk from a stroke or heart disease is to have a blood pressure check. 

12 September 2017
Health Matters - Eastern Cheshire HealthVoice

Jane Stephens, lay member for public and patient involvement at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

Are you passionate about the NHS? Would you like to get involved in shaping healthcare in Eastern Cheshire? Are you interested in finding out how local health services are planned and bought?

Then why not attend next Thursday’s (14 September) meeting of our HealthVoice patient and carer group in Poynton Civic Hall, Park Lane, Poynton SK12 1RB from 1.30pm to 4pm?

06 September 2017
Health Matters - Getting in shape for planned surgery

Dr Mike Clark, clinical lead for health optimisation at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, and GP with High Street Surgery, Macclesfield

As we get older, wear and tear can cause parts of our body like knees and hips to weaken to a point where they need replacing.

When that happens, it’s vital that patients and health professionals take every possible step to reduce the risk of surgery and increase the chances of a quick, full recovery. One of the ways in which we can do this is to help people stop smoking, lose weight and cut down on their drinking before they go under the knife.

For that reason, we have introduced a health optimisation policy that takes effect this month (September) and will see GPs referring patients – where necessary – to a support service called One You Cheshire East.

04 September 2017
Seven Steps to stay well in Eastern Cheshire this bank holiday

With the bank holiday just around the corner, we're urging people across Eastern Cheshire to stay well and be prepared.

24 August 2017
Health Matters - Our AGM and Health Fair

Gill Boston, lay member for public and patient involvement at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

Are you keen to lose weight or stop smoking? Are you looking for help to support a loved one with a long-term condition? Would you like to talk to local NHS leaders about what you need from health services?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then why not attend our annual general meeting and health and wellbeing fair at Macclesfield Town Hall next Wednesday (30 August) from 2pm to 5pm?

23 August 2017
Health Matters - Annual Assessment

Jerry Hawker, chief officer of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

Those of us who work in the public sector or regulated industries will have experienced the nervousness of being inspected by watchdogs and awaiting their verdict. Being scrutinised is always an ordeal yet it’s important that performance is assessed independently so we can learn from mistakes and keep improving.

And, of course, if we’re performing well, it’s heartening to be told we’re doing a good job. For that reason, I was pleased that we shone in most areas of a recent national Annual Assessment of CCGs by NHS England.

16 August 2017
All the fun of the fair!

Eastern Cheshire people are to be given a chance to quiz NHS leaders who plan and buy their healthcare.

14 August 2017
Governing Body Vacancies

Two exciting, key appointments are now available to join the Governing Bodies of NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

 

08 August 2017
Health Matters - Active Signposting

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

Next time you visit your GP surgery, a medical receptionist may well ask you to give a brief description of what’s wrong. If this happens, it’s not because they’re being nosey – it’s that they want to direct you to the most appropriate service.

08 August 2017
Health Matters - Why breast is best

Dr Lesley Bayliss, clinical champion for children at NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

There’s an old saying that breast is best for babies. And as it’s World Breastfeeding Week from Tuesday 1 August to Monday 7 August, I thought I’d use this week’s column to take a look at the facts.

08 August 2017