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Volunteers needed in Wrenbury for new Dementia Cafe

Is this you …..looking to enhance the lives of other people in later years. This role is as much about kindness, empathy, being supportive and generally being a breath of fresh air in the lives of individuals who may have loneliness, social isolation, and mobility issues. Equally there will be members who are fit and active. The ability to adjust to each individual and circumstance is essential , as is the ability to treat everyone with dignity and respect. We DBS check and reference all volunteers, there are no costs involved to you as a volunteer and you will receive support throughout. Above all we care and will go to great lengths to help those in later years. If you feel this is right for you please do be in touch to find out more. The new café will be on a Thursday morning 10am -12pm to find out more contact Frances Underhill on the details below.

The End of Life PartnershipFrances Underhill | Public Health & Wellbeing Officer
The End of Life Partnership
Spring Farm Business Centre
Moss Lane
Crewe CW1 4RJ
🕿: 01270 310260 🌍: www.eolp.org.uk 

News from IRIS Vision Cheshire

After nearly two years! IRIS Vision Cheshire - Monday activity group is finally back!! Meeting up for the first time on Monday 4th October. Below is the new activity calendar from October to December 2021.

Iris Vision


Monday 4th October: A cuppa and a catch-up. After so long apart, let’s chat over a cup of tea and a biscuit and find out what we’ve all been up to over the last 20 months!

Monday 11th October: Songlink. A music related game where each team must guess a song and link another song title to it! Not that we’re a competitive bunch (haha!) but there will be scores recorded and an edible prize for the winning team!

Monday 18th October: Get Yourself Active. We’ll be joined by our friend Andy Molyneux from Everybody Sports and Recreation, for fun and games! It could be anything from golf to basketball to flapping a giant parachute or even archery! Yes archery!!!

Monday 25th October: Hannah Teaches Tech. You may remember a talk by Rob Pickersgill on the IRIS Podcast, offering assistance to help set our visually impaired members up in business? Well our very own Hannah Fairclough took him up on that offer and is now helping people to use their Apple devices. Hannah will tell us what she’s been up to and how she can enrich our lives by helping us to access new technology!

Monday 1st November: Domino Bingo! Using raised surface dominoes to feel the numbers we play fast and furious to win biscuits and snacks!

Monday 8th November: Hot Dogs and Fireworks. Recreating bonfire night with the sounds and smells, we’ll listen to the crackling bonfire and fireworks whilst eating hotdogs and maybe even some toasted marshmallows! Bring your hat and scarf too I believe it’s going to be windy with a hint of rain! 😉

Monday 15th November: Get Yourself Active. We’ll be joined again by our friend Andy Molyneux from Everybody Sports and Recreation, for more games to get you moving whilst having fun! (And usually laughing a lot too!)

Monday 22nd November: Happy Birthday Carol! Join us for a delicious Morrison’s buffet to celebrate our Carol’s 70th birthday! Guaranteed to be lots of Beatles music and something lemony for dessert to honour Carol’s special day! (23rd!)

Monday 29th November: Sue’s Music! Joined by our lovely friend Sue Walker, she’ll play her instruments along to her husband Tim’s backing tracks as we sing along to all our old favourites and maybe some newer songs too!

Monday December 6th: Your Family Ancestry. Our very own Gwyn Griffiths will be helping us to delve into our ancestry in the first of a two part talk. He’ll explain how it all works and take some of our family details returning in the new year to divulge any secrets about our long lost relatives!!

Monday 13th December: Christmas lunch out at the pub! October discussions and negotiations are already afoot to decide the venue and menu for this years Christmas lunch!

Monday 20th December: Make And Bake!! Yay!! Woohoo! The return of one of your favourite activities! And what better bake for December than mince pies! I’m fancying a shallow open tart style with a pastry star on top! What do you think?

Money management support in Nantwich

CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Money, sponsored by St. Mary’s Church in Nantwich, is now offering face to face coaching, with Covid measures in place

CAP Money is a simple, yet highly effective money management course that teaches people budgeting skills and a cash-based system that really works. This course will help anyone to get more in control of their finances, so they can save, give and prevent debt.

The first course session starts 26th October, followed by two further sessions 2nd and 8nd November, the location being Nantwich Methodist Church, Hospital Street, Nantwich, CW5 5RP. All sessions start at 10.00am. Numbers are limited to 8 to meet Covid distancing rules and to deliver an effective course to the delegates. It is planned to hold 3 further courses over the next 12 months, the next course starting 25th January 2022 at the same location. Please encourage sign up online at https://www.capmoney.org/ or by contacting me at capmoney.stmarys@gmail.com – key lead money coach is Mike Pettman on capmoney.stmarys@gmail.com 

Insights Bereavement Listening Service

Insights Bereavement Listening Service

Blood Bottle Shortage

A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking some blood tests.

Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.

Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available. 

If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.

COVID-19 Pop-up Vaccination Clinics

Covid vaccination pop-up clinics. 23 July 11-4 at Boux Avenue Distribution Centre. 24 July 12-6 at Nantwich Town Centre

A message to all our patients - Update from Dr Marquis and Dr Saggar

Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make the medical centre as safe as possible to our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward and, from 19 July, nothing will change at the medical centre. Patients will still need to wear a mask if able to, socially distance and use hand sanitiser in the medical centre. Patient-facing staff will continue to wear PPE. We do understand that it can be frustrating but we know that when patients come to us they may be sick and vulnerable, and some cannot receive the Covid vaccine due to medical reasons so we feel it would be wrong to not continue with these small precautions that can help to protect the patients and staff at Wrenbury  Medical Centre. Thank you in advance for your continued cooperation it is much appreciated by everyone at the practice.#


Cheshire East Carers Forum

Cheshire East are establishing a Carers Forum it will help facilitate health and social care commissioners to work in partnership with Carers to develop and evaluate innovative new ways in supporting Carers and their cared for.  Please see below and if you are interested in joining this Forum please do contact Jill Stenton at Cheshire East - contact details are at the bottom of this article. 

Carers of all ages play a very significant and important role within the communities of Cheshire East and estimates indicate that in Cheshire East, there are approximately 42,000 Carers.

There are many definitions to describe Carers and the caring role. Carers Trust defines a Carer as “anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.”(Carers Trust:&nbsphttp://www.carers.org/role-carer).

Under the Children and Families Act 2014, a young carer is defined as:

A person under 18 who provides, or intends to provide, care for another person. The concept of 'care' includes practical or emotional support, and 'another person' means anyone within the same family, be they adult or child.

Young Adult Carers are young people aged between 16 and 25 who are caring for another child or young person, or an adult.

Carers UK: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/practical-support/getting-care-and-support/young-carers-and-carers-of-children-under-18)

Our coproduction guide sets out how we will work together as equal partners to improve, develop and deliver services towards a common goal for all of our children, young people, families and adults. Our guide has been coproduced together with children, young people, families and adults living in Cheshire East. 

TOGETHER guidehttps://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/livewell/local-offer-for-children-with-sen-and-disabilities/send-developments/together-in-cheshire-east/together-in-cheshire-east.aspx.

The Cheshire East Carers Forum aims to be a voice to inform service providers of the needs of carers and their families.

With the delivery of health and social care services focussing on how they achieve integrated ways of delivering services, it is more important than ever to have a clear offer and vision for carers’ services, which builds on the aspirations and statutory framework of The Care Act (2014) and Under Children and families Act 2014.

The Cheshire East Carers Forum will facilitate two–way communication between carers and services used by all carers and their families in Cheshire East. The forum will work to provide feedback on services, offer constructive challenge to current services and input into decision making and planning for future service provision.

By working co-operatively and collaboratively with local service providers carers can contribute to improvements in the services delivered for carers  

  • Through regular communication with carers ensuring they can decide whether to be involved in a piece of work/consultation.  

  • Ensuring a diverse forum membership and representation of diverse views from carers from all backgrounds and sectors of the community. 

  • Promoting a reputation and image of the Cheshire East Carers Forum which reflects its aims and values. 

By establishing a Cheshire East Carers Forum it will help facilitate health and social care commissioners to work in partnership with Carers to develop and evaluate innovative new ways in supporting Carers and their cared for. 

If you are interested in being part of the Cheshire East Carers forum, please contact 

Jill Stenton – senior commissioning manager 

Jill.stenton@cheeshireast.gov.uk 


Astra Zeneca Vaccines - Updated Guidance and Further Information

Following the recent updated guidance for Astra Zeneca vaccines, the NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group have provided further information for patients:

https://www.cheshireccg.nhs.uk/news/news-stories/reports-of-very-rare-blood-clots/ 

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

We understand that people are anxious to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. However, please don’t contact your GP practice, local hospital or council to seek a COVID-19 vaccine appointment – appointments cannot be made in this way.

More COVID-19 vaccination services will be available near you early in the New Year and the NHS will contact you when it’s the right time to come forward. If you’re eligible for a vaccine, but are yet to be contacted, please remain patient. You will not be missed.

This is just the beginning of the largest vaccination programme the country has ever seen and we will make sure that the people who need it most (and those that care for them) are able to access the vaccine in a safe way with the least delay.

When you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite and make sure you attend appointments when you arrange them.

Please also continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidance as, until a vaccine has been fully rolled out, this is the most effective way to reduce transmission of the virus and help save lives

Immunisation Project receives National Award

Wrenbury Primary School have won the National Business Education Community Award for their collaborative project with Wrenbury Nursing Home and Wrenbury Medical Practice.

The “Immunisation and why we have it” project involved Year 4 children visiting the GP Practice in groups to speak to the GP and staff, hearing why they give vaccinations, the history of immunisation and becoming ‘Vaccine Heroes’.

They were able to get real stories of life pre-vaccination from some of the residents of the local nursing home. They described what they remembered about growing up and if they remembered having their first vaccinations.

We are delighted to see the School receive this award, it seems especially poignant at this time whilst we are living in such challenging times in the Pandemic.

We look forward to the future when perhaps the children in this project are the generation providing the memories of the covid vaccination programme being rolled out across the country.

Flu Vaccinations!

It is really important that, if you are eligible, you have your flu jab. We have now started to vaccinate patients in a COVID secure environment, over the weekend we delivered over 400 vaccinations to some of our most vulnerable patients. We are working very hard to contact you and arrange your vaccination, this will take a little time so please bear with us. This year, unlike previous years, we are unable to provide a drop in facility, therefore, we are arranging appointments for everyone. Please help us to help you by either responding to our contact when we get in touch with you or by ringing the surgery to arrange for an appointment, please can you ring us between 3pm and 5.30pm to do this as it is important that we maintain telephone access for those patients requiring other appointments.

If you already have a face to face appointment booked with our nurses or doctors then you will be vaccinated when you attend this appointment and do not need to make a separate appointment.

Finally just a reminder that if you are attending for your flu vaccination please remember to wear a face covering and if possible wear a short sleeve.

COVID-19 infections are rising in Cheshire. Take extra care.

HANDS wash them regularly and for 20 seconds.

FACE wear a face covering indoors where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

SPACE stay 2 m apart from people you do not live with where possible

Follow the rule of six: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/rule-of-six-comes-into-effect-to-tackle-coronavirus

NOT EVERY COUGH IS COVID-19

Dr Chris Brockelsby, respiratory consultant at Leighton Hospital, has recorded this video urging people to see their GP if they:

  • Have a persistent cough that won’t go away
  • Are feeling tired or breathless all the time
  • Have lost weight for no apparent reason.

The video is part of a Lung Cancer v Covid campaign being run by NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group in response to a significant fall in patients seeing their GP with potential lung cancer symptoms during the pandemic. The campaign explains that lung cancer can cause similar symptoms to coronavirus. Symptoms include a persistent cough, breathlessness and fatigue. For that reason, it’s important for people who’ve had a negative Covid swab test to know if any persistent symptoms might have another cause. It’s also important for people to see their GP if their swab was positive but their symptoms last longer than expected – or aren’t normal for that person.
  
Click here for more on the campaign.

Sign up if you are interested in taking part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial

If you would be interested in the NHS contacting you about taking part in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine studies in the UK, then go to: https://www.nhs.uk/sign-up-to-be-contacted-for-research

This does not automatically sign you up to take part in a specific study but just lets researchers know you’re happy to be contacted if they think you might be suitable to take part in their studies.

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Nantwich Community Volunteers Newsletter

This is the first Community Newsletter designed by Nantwich Community Volunteers, it is full of lots of useful information and also has some Wrenbury specific articles!

July 2020 Cheshire East Community newsletter

Do I need to wear a face covering to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

Press Statement - Nantwich and Rural Covid 19

A MESSAGE TO ALL OUR PATIENTS

You will all be aware of the Coronavirus outbreak and we recognise how stressful and worrying it is for us all. Our sole aim is to try to ensure we can provide the services you need during this difficult time. In order that we can support those who need us most we are introducing the following changes in the way we work.

EVERYONE PLEASE FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE THAT HAS BEEN ISSUED https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

DO NOT COME TO THE MEDICAL PRACTICE INCLUDING THE DISPENSARY IF YOU HAVE CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS THE LATEST GUIDANCE IS ALL INCLUDED IN THE LINK ABOVE!

APPOINTMENTS TO SEE THE GP

We will be seeking to deliver routine appointments by telephone/video consultation. Please telephone the practice to book these, DO NOT WALK INTO THE PRACTICE TO BOOK THESE APPOINTMENTS. If you already have a routine appointment booked with us we will contact you to establish if this can be carried out via phone/video or if you will need to come to the practice. Do NOT walk into the practice if you had an appointment previously booked and you have not had confirmation that you can come to the practice. We are working our way through all the pre booked appointments to advise any one with one of these appointments of the process as soon as possible. Our priority tomorrow will be to contact patients booked in on Monday (although we did reach a number of you on Friday) and to then start on Tuesday’s appointments and so on.
If you require an urgent appointment, please telephone the practice, patients will then be contacted by a Doctor by a return telephone call for further advice and next steps.
DO NOT WALK INTO THE PRACTICE TO BOOK THESE APPOINTMENTS.

APPOINTMENTS WITH THE PHARMACIST

We will be seeking to deliver routine appointments by telephone/video consultation. Please telephone the practice to book these, DO NOT WALK INTO THE PRACTICE TO BOOK THESE APPOINTMENTS. If you already have a routine appointment booked with us we will contact you to establish if this can be carried out via phone/video or if you will need to come to the practice. Do NOT walk into the practice if you had an appointment previously booked and you have not had confirmation that you can come to the practice. We are working our way through all the pre booked appointments to advise any one with one of these appointments of the process as soon as possible. Our priority tomorrow will be to contact patients booked in on Monday (although we did reach a number of you on Friday) and to then start on Tuesday’s appointments and so on.

NURSING TEAM APPOINTMENTS

Our Nursing Team will continue to provide appointments as per our usual procedure please telephone to book an appointment, where possible these will be telephone/video reviews with the Nurses. Baby Immunisations will continue but we ask that you attend with baby and only one adult, In other situations where a telephone appointment will not be appropriate such as a dressing change we will make suitable arrangements at the practice and advise you, again please telephone to book these reviews. DO NOT WALK INTO THE PRACTICE TO BOOK THESE APPOINTMENTS.

If you already have a routine appointment booked with us we will contact you to establish if this can be carried out via phone/video or if you will need to come to the practice. Do NOT walk into the practice if you had an appointment previously booked and you have not had confirmation that you can come to the practice. We are working our way through all the pre booked appointments to advise any one with one of these appointments of the process as soon as possible. Our priority tomorrow will be to contact patients booked in on Monday (although we did reach a number of you on Friday) and to then start on Tuesday’s appointments and so on.

BLOOD TEST APPOINTMENTS WITH OUR PHLEBOTOMIST/NURSES

Please telephone the practice if you require a blood test. If you already have a blood test booked with us we will contact you to clarify the arrangements for you to visit the practice. Do NOT walk into the practice if you had an appointment previously booked and you have not had confirmation that you can come to the practice. We are working our way through all the pre booked appointments to advise any one with one of these appointments of the process as soon as possible. Our priority tomorrow will be to contact patients booked in on Monday (although we did reach a number of you on Friday) and to then start on Tuesday’s appointments and so on.

SAMPLES

Please do NOT walk into the practice to request sample pots or to hand them in, please telephone us first to get the appropriate advice and arrangements for coming to the practice if necessary.

PLEASE BEAR WITH US IF IT TAKES A LITTLE LONGER THAN USUAL TO ANSWER THE TELEPHONE.

PRESCRIPTION COLLECTIONS FROM THE DISPENARY

We are a Dispensing Practice, to ensure we keep visits into the practice to a minimum we have implemented the following steps:

  • With immediate effect, please do NOT come to collect your prescription BEFORE you have received a text message or telephone call from us to collect it.
  • When you come to the practice, please look through the main door before entering, do NOT form a queue at the Dispensary Window but wait outside the building until the other patient has left. Our glass window will be closed and we will open it to the hand the bag to you, receive your completed prescription and take payment if you pay for prescriptions.
  • Please bring your OWN pen so you can complete the back of your prescription when handed to you.
  • If you do pay for your prescriptions please can you try to use a payment card, “contactless” payment is exactly that!
  • Please help us by ordering your medications “on line” such as by the MyGP App or Patient Access. You can also order via the Wrenbury Medical Practice Website Prescriptions Page. Our preference is via My GPApp or Patient Access if you already have this set up.
  • If you are unable to do the above please do not bring your paper prescription requests in to the practice but post them in our external letter box which is on the outside of the building near to the outer door.
  • If you are a patient to whom we do not dispense the actual drugs to but we instead provide a paper script for collection which you then take to the chemist we will be contacting you to ask you to tell us which chemist you wish to pick up your prescription from and we will post the prescription directly to them. Please DO NOT ring us, wait for us to contact you.

We will try to provide regular updates and share these on our practice website and via the Wrenbury Facebook Page and the Parish Council Website.

We are proud to be part of the Wrenbury Community and we know that you will want to support not only the practice team but each and every one of our communities friends, neighbours and families, however, we need your help with all of the above to ensure we can help you and those in greatest need.

Please listen and act on the national advice, most importantly in washing your hands often and well!

Dr Marquis and Dr Saggar
Wrenbury Medical Practice

Coronavirus Information

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.

The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

Anyone who has travelled to China or places listed above in the last 14 days and develops symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, should immediately:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country

Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

The risk of being in close contact with a person with coronavirus or contaminated surfaces is very low at the current time, as members of the public who have visited Wuhan, Hubei province, China are currently in isolation.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Self Referral to Physio-therapy

You don’t need a GP appointment to book physiotherapy. If you have a musculoskeletal problem that would benefit from seeing a physiotherapist, you can book this directly either by completing the on line form or by calling in to the practice and completing the form. Following completion of the form, the Physiotherapy Department will review and triage this and then offer you an appointment if appropriate. Please select the Appointments Tab on this website and then select “Self Referral to Physiotherapy”

Wrenbury pupils earn Silver Self Care Award with immunisation project

wrenbury school pupils

Wrenbury Primary School pupils linked up with a village GP and nursing Home to help achieve their NHS South Cheshire CCG Silver Self Care Award.

The “Immunisation and why we have it” project involved Year 4 children visiting a GP Practice in groups to speak to the GP and staff, hearing why they give vaccinations, the history of immunisation and becoming ‘Vaccine Heroes’.

They were able to get real stories of life pre-vaccination from some of the residents of the local nursing home.

They described what they remembered about growing up and if they remembered having their first vaccinations.

Wrenbury GP Practice Manager, Becky Barber said: “We are incredibly proud of how some of the youngest and oldest members of our community have come together to share and learn about the important issue of immunisations.

“The photographs and memories shared by the residents from WNH really did resonate with us as a practice team, they also made the learning for the children much more real.

“The children’s game of tag to illustrate what they learnt about Herd Immunity was so simple but so effective!”

The school followed their immunisation activity up by promoting it to parents and grandparents at their Summer term Sharing Afternoon.

Year 4 also led an assembly at the school, sharing information around the importance of immunisation with the whole school.

Bessa Cador, headteacher, said: “It has been a really worthwhile and enlightening project to be part of, in collaboration with the doctor’s surgery and our resident friends at the Nursing Home.

“Understanding why immunisation matters, hearing and reading first-hand accounts from the residents and then letting the children take the lead in school on this serious health issue not only raises awareness but also highlights the importance of vaccinations in a more meaningful way for the rest of the pupils and our school community.”

NHS South Cheshire CCG have awarded their first joint Silver Self Care Award to Wrenbury Primary School and Wrenbury GP Practice.

Noreen Caldwell, Public Engagement and Involvement Manager at the CCG, said: “I am thrilled by the way that the whole community have come together providing information around the history of vaccinations and their importance.”

If you would like to watch the short video which has been made about this project please click on the link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfzXTMg1W7M

Cheshire doctor says ‘trust your GP’ to keep antibiotics working

A doctor in Cheshire is calling on us to trust our GPs to help keep antibiotics working.

Antibiotics are potentially lifesaving medicines that treat or prevent the spread of bacterial infections.

But, antibiotics are not prescribed for viral infections such as colds or flu because they are not effective in fighting these types of illnesses. Viral infections can be treated with a combination of self-care and over the counter medicines.

Dr Jonathan Griffiths, GP at the Swanlow Surgery in Winsford, said: “We used to prescribe antibiotics for everything; coughs, colds, sore throats, but we now know that those are caused by viruses.

“But, guess what? Antibiotics don’t work on viruses.”

Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk. This is because it encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant to the medicines and means that they may not work when you need them next time.

Dr Griffiths, who is also Chair of NHS Vale Royal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), added: “Always take your doctor’s advice.

“If they’re saying ‘I don’t think you need antibiotics’, have a listen to that and take on that advice

“If you are prescribed antibiotics, again, listen to your doctor’s advice. Even if you feel better make sure you complete the course as prescribed.

“Completing the course will fight the infection fully and will also reduce that risk of you building up a resistance.”

If you have any questions about any of your antibiotic prescriptions, you should visit your local pharmacist. They will be able to answer any questions you have and give you advice.

Take care of your mental health

Local health teams across South Cheshire and Vale Royal are encouraging us all to take steps to look after our mental wellbeing.

One in four adults and one in ten children will have some sort of mental health issue in their lives, but sometimes don’t know what help they need, how to get it or feel embarrassed talking about their problems.

The state of your mental health can be affected by factors such as changes in our lives, health worries, work related stress and grief among other things. Alcohol and drugs can also have a negative effect.

In some circumstances people will experience a mental health crisis. This often means that you no longer feel able to cope or in control of your situation.

Melanie Brown, Clinical Project Manager – Mental Health Commissioning at NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Vale Royal CCG said: “It’s really important that we treat our mental health as we would our physical health.

“Speak to someone about how you are feeling, that can be anyone, friend, family or colleague.”

“Just because we can’t visibly see the symptoms, we shouldn’t ignore them.

People across South Cheshire and Vale Royal have access to a number of services to help with mental health.

Mental Health Self Help Guides

A range of online self-help guides and smartphone app have been developed so you will have the latest mental health advice at your fingertips.

These self-help guides come in the form of leaflets, audio clips and videos which have been produced by health professionals to offer support on a range of topics including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, panic and stress.

View our Mental Health Self Help Guides - https://www.selfhelpguides.ntw.nhs.uk/cheshirevale 

You in Mind

www.youinmind.org is a virtual ‘one-stop-shop’ putting mental health advice online when you need it.

The platform includes a dedicated search option, so you can get quick information on a range of mental health conditions such as depression, stress, eating disorders and bereavement.

Detailed information booklets are also available to view and download explaining about a condition with help on how to manage it and ideas people can try.

You can also find out what local advice and services are available for you at www.youinmind.org 

Children and Young People’s Out of Hours Advice Line

The Children and Young People’s Out of Hours Advice Line lets you speak to a specially trained clinician who you can talk to about how you're feeling. The phone line - 01244 397 644 - is open from 5-10pm Monday to Friday and noon-8pm Saturday and Sunday.

The Wellbeing Hub

The Wellbeing Hub helps to identify any mental health issues at the earliest possible opportunity so that you can access the most appropriate support.

The team includes experienced mental health nurses, psychological therapists and psychiatrists, who provide treatment and support following assessment and can refer people to other services if necessary.

A call to the team can result in:

  • Assessment - helping you to understand how you are feeling
  • Signposting - so that you know about other services, information resources and support groups
  • Talking Therapies - psychological therapies to help you to manage your emotions and feelings
  • Treatment - We will meet with you at a number of sessions to review your progress over time

You can refer yourself to the hub, either by calling the team in Crewe on 01606 555 263, Winsford on 01606 555 211 or online through this link - https://www.iaptportal.co.uk/ServiceUser/SelfReferralForm.aspx?sd=9b62f2cb-4c09-4073-a3db-b93e487fd2f5 

Improved mental health and wellbeing is associated with a range of benefits including:

  • Enhanced physical health and life expectancy
  • Better education experience
  • Increased skills
  • Reduced anti-social behaviour and criminality
  • Higher levels of social interaction and participation.

The aim of World Mental Health Day is to inform people of their options when it comes to boosting their mental health and to encourage a conversation around mental health.

To find out more about how to deal with a mental health emergency visit https://bit.ly/2PMVAvF 

Whatever you’re going through, you can call the Samaritans for free at any time, from any phone. Just dial: 116 123, They’re available to offer support 24/7 every single day of the year.

Extended Hours Appointments

South Cheshire and Vale Royal GP’s are now offering extended hours appointments at selected practices which will be known as GP Hubs.
These appointments are available to any registered patients from any practice within the boundaries of South Cheshire and Vale Royal.
Please ask your Practice receptionist who can book you an appointment.

To find out more visit www.gpopenforyou.co.uk

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