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Parents’ thumbs up for free health app
Parents’ thumbs up for free health app

Parents of children aged 0 - 4 have praised a free health app that gives advice on treating common ailments and keeping their little ones well.

24 March 2017
Health Matters - Getting in shape for planned surgery
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

In recent weeks there’s been lots of media coverage of NHS plans to ensure patients are in the best possible physical shape before having non-urgent surgery for things like hip or knee replacements.

Some commentators have welcomed these proposals as a sensible move to increase patients’ chances of making a complete recovery from surgery while others have dismissed the plans as penny pinching.

Here at the CCG we have no doubt that helping people to improve their health before going under the knife is the right thing to do. 

22 March 2017
Health Matters - Dying Well

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

It is difficult to write about death without sounding morbid, ageist or inappropriate. However, like much the health service does, it is something we can get right or terribly wrong.

We all want a peaceful, dignified end to our lives but what about the weeks, months and years running up to that point? As we live longer, and get frailer in the process, this is something the NHS cannot ignore any longer.

15 March 2017
Health Matters -Helping our care home residents to eat healthily

Sally Rogers, executive nurse and director of quality, NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG

If you have a loved one living in an Eastern Cheshire care home, you’ll be pleased to read about a new service that’s helping residents get the nutrition they need while ensuring they are only prescribed nutritional supplements when necessary.

 

08 March 2017
New service gives care homes food for thought

A pioneering new service is helping care home residents to get the diet they need while ensuring they are only prescribed food nutritional supplements when necessary.

01 March 2017
Health Matters - No Smoking Day, 8 March

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

If you’re a smoker who wants to stub it out for good, why not seize No Smoking Day as your big chance to stop?

01 March 2017
Health Matters - Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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

The prevention and early detection of cancer is one of the CCG’s priorities. That’s why I’m supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness Month this March.

23 February 2017
Health Matters - How you can help shape healthcare

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

My name is Jane and I need your help please. The CCG wants your involvement in shaping local health services. It is especially important to hear the public’s voice in these times of financial challenges and tough decisions in the NHS.

15 February 2017
Grandad says bowel cancer screening saved his life

An Eastern Cheshire pensioner has urged people to take the NHS bowel cancer screening test when invited to do so.

13 February 2017
Health Matters - The importance of Choosing Well

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

I want to start this week’s column by thanking readers for using health services responsibly so far this winter. Figures from Macclesfield Hospital show that fewer than 10 per cent of people visiting A&E had self-limiting conditions which potentially could have been managed at home.

Yet A&E remains under great pressure at this time of year as more people attend with health problems, such as falls, asthma and other respiratory conditions, which can be worsened by cold weather.

08 February 2017
Eastern Cheshire tops charts for bowel cancer screening

Eastern Cheshire has the highest take up in Cheshire and Merseyside of bowel cancer screening by people aged 60 to 74.

06 February 2017
Health Matters - we're backing World Cancer Day

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

The early detection and treatment of cancer is a key programme of work for the CCG. That’s why we’re backing World Cancer Day on Saturday 4 February.

01 February 2017