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Health Matters
Issue 11, Summer 2016
Bury Clinical Comissioning Group
Welcome to the summer issue of Health Matters

kiranpatelI hope you've been enjoying the recent warm weather and I'm hoping that's not the end of the British summer!  It's worth a quick reminder about keeping safe in the sun.  NHS Choices has some really useful information online, from sun safety to managing hay fever, and from barbecue food safety to treating insect bites and stings at home.  It's well worth a look.  

Earlier this month, we launched a new online service for young people in Bury who are going through a tough time.  Through Big White Wall, young people aged 16 to 25 can access anonymous online support through this digital mental health platform.  This is a really innovative and exciting service which we hope will be popular with young people to help them find solutions to their problems.  Read more about this later in Health Matters.

We've also been doing some work to raise awareness that self care is the best treatment for minor ailments.  Minor ailments such as hay fever and sunburn are easily treated by over the counter remedies and a trip to the doctor is not required. When you need the advice of a healthcare professional, it is important that you access the services of the right health professional at the right time for your condition, and for minor ailments, this would be your local community pharmacist or online support via the NHS Choices website. Read more about this, in this issue.

Last month, we supported Dying Matters week. Dying Matters aims to raise awareness about the importance of talking more openly about dying, death and bereavement and of planning ahead. There was staff training, events at The Carers Centre and in other settings including care homes, and we also involved staff in the topic by asking them if they would like to share their 'something to remember me by'.  You can read more about these activities, here.

Thank you for reading this issue of Health Matters. We welcome your feedback on the format and content, and you can send this through to our Communications Team.

Dr. Kiran Patel, Chair and Clinical Lead

Online mental health support launches for young people in Bury

Young people from Bury going through a tough time or who need someone to talk to can now access anonymous online support for free through the digital mental health service known as Big White Wall.

Self Care
Self care is the best treatment for minor ailments

Patients in Bury are reminded that minor ailments such as hay fever and sunburn are easily treated by over the counter remedies and a trip to the doctor is not required. Read more.

5ADayNew Eatwell Guide - The new Eatwell Guide says a healthy diet should now include more fruit, vegetables and starchy carbohydrates, and fewer sugary foods and drinks.  Are you getting at least 5 a day?  Find out more, here


Consultations - NHS England is increasing transparency in the NHS and improving services for patients. They work with NHS staff, patients, stakeholders and the public to improve the health outcomes for people in England. Want to get involved? You can find recent consultations and surveys to contribute to, here.



Diabetes awareness - Diabetes Awareness Week took place earlier in the month, but we couldn't miss the opportunity to share some key resources with you:


Did you know... The Accessible Information Standard tells organisations how they should make sure that disabled patients receive information in formats that they can understand and receive appropriate support to help them to communicate.   By 1 April 2016, all organisations that provide NHS or publicly funded adult social care must identify and record information and communication needs with service users.   Find out more about these new requirements, here.


Have you got an Enquiry? If you have an enquiry but you aren't sure where to direct it to, or if you have an enquiry or complaint relating to NHS Bury CCG, please contact our Patient Services Team on:

  • 0161 212 6270 (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays)
  • By email: patientservices.gmcsu@nhs.net
  • By post: St James's House, Pendleton Way, Salford M6 5FW

Find out more about making enquiries or complaints here.





The Bury Directory is an online one-stop information point for advice, support, activities, services and more.


Healthy Minds - If you are feeling like things are getting on top of you, help is available from a free NHS service known as 'Healthy Minds'. You don't need to see your GP, you can refer yourself by logging on to the Healthy Minds website.




Lifestyle Service - run by Bury Council, offering a free personalised service supporting people to improve their health by introducing small changes such as: healthy eating; weight management; sleep quality improvement; alcohol dependency support; improving health and wellbeing and support to stop smoking - want to know more? Read on...

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