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Health Matters
Issue 1, Autumn 2013
Bury Clinical Comissioning Group
Welcome to Health Matters!

kiran-patel-mayThis is the first edition of Health Matters, our public newsletter which aims to let you know about our work and how you can get involved and help shape local health services. We are the new commissioning organisation for Bury. We launched on the 1st of April this year and our job is to plan and purchase a range of health services for local people.  

We are committed to working together with our partners and local people to ensure that local services are responsive, efficient and offer good value for money.  

You can read all about us in our new Patient Prospectus which tells you what we do, our priorities, our vision and values, and how you can get involved in our work.  If you would like more information, then please get in touch

Our Board meets in public every month and we'd really like to see local people come along to the meeting. The next meeting takes place on the 28th August at 3pm at Townside Primary Care Centre in Bury. You can also follow us on Twitter where we live Tweet from the Board!

In this first issue of Health Matters we've the latest on the Healthier Together programme which is looking at transforming the way that hospital services across Greater Manchester are delivered.  There is a public event in Bury on the 15th August and we hope you can come along.  We also talk about a new scheme which aims to identify and support patients at risk of memory loss due to a learning disability or other condition.  We have a story about a project which sees local GPs working closely with care homes in the town to provide tailored support to patients in long term care, and we also have a feature on the NHS Health Check programme.  If you are aged between 40 and 74, you could be due for a Health Check, which aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease in adults - you can read more about this below.

That's all for this first edition of Health Matters, I hope you like it, and if you have any feedback, please let us know.

With thanks.

Dr. Kiran Patel
Chair and Clinical Lead, NHS Bury Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

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Healthier Together

The Healthier Together programme wants your help in transforming Greater Manchester health and care services! An event is planned in Radcliffe, on the 15th August, come along, learn all about Healthier Together and give your views on the plans.  Click for an update on - Healthier Together.

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Support for patients at risk of memory loss

A new approach has been launched in Bury to assess patients who are at a greater risk of developing dementia due to a learning disability or other condition.  Identifying the signs early is important, as a timely diagnosis can greatly improve quality of life.

Get involved!

We are really keen that all Bury residents have an opportunity to get involved in our work when planning local health services.  There are a number of ways you can get involved, have your voice heard and contribute to the decisions we make.

You could provide your contact details and ask to be kept updated on our plans or on areas you may have a specific interest in; you could also take part in surveys to help us to find out what you think about healthcare issues and
needs in Bury.

We believe that together we can achieve a healthier Bury! If you are interested in getting involved in our work, whether this is to give your views on changes and developments, or if you have an interest in a specific area, then we'd really like to hear from you! We will take your details and make a note of how you would like to get involved in our work, you can contact us by email or call us on 0161 762 3106 to find out more. 

GPs and Care homes join forces to offer more responsive care for patients

GPs in Bury are working closely with care homes in the town to provide quality and responsive services to patients in long term care.

Read all about us!

Local people can find out what NHS Bury CCG is all about in our patient prospectus. 

The booklet sets out how we intend to work with communities to shape local health services and improve the quality of life for the people of Bury.

The prospectus has sections that explain what the organisation is about and why it is different; our priorities for the year ahead; our commitment to local people and our aspirations to get patients and the public involved in our work when planning health services. We hope you enjoy reading the prospectus and welcome your feedback. 

Come along to our Board!
Our Board meets in public every month. 

The next meeting takes place on the 28th August, and you will be able to view the papers on our website.
Are you due a life saving NHS Health Check?

The NHS Health Check is offered to patients aged between 40 and 74. 

A Health Check aims to help prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease in adults.  It is a national programme and the simple tests and questions could literally be a life saver.  Find out more about the NHS Health Check and whether you are eligible.

Get in touch