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Health Matters
Issue 2, Winter 2013
Bury Clinical Comissioning Group
Welcome to Health Matters!

kiran-patel-mayIt's been a busy time here at Bury CCG since our last issue of health Matters.  We have passed our six month milestone and as we head into the winter months, we are planning ahead, as this is when demand on services tends to increase.  During the cold winter months more people are likely to suffer from cold and flu bugs and in this issue we have included some tips to keep well over the winter and treat minor ailments at home. 

Talking about bugs, the flu vaccination season is well under way in Bury.  The complications of flu mostly affect pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, and children and adults living with a long term health condition such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease.  It’s really important that patients who are eligible have the flu vaccine as soon as they can, even if they don’t consider themselves at high risk - eligible patients can get the vaccine for free from their GP practice.

Whilst on the topic of winter, if you are feeling unwell, there are a range of choices and services available to you.  By choosing the right NHS service you will get the best treatment in the shortest possible time. We've updated our website with information about the range of services available to you to help you to get the right treatment this winter.    

In this edition of Health Matters, we talk about the launch of our Patient Cabinet, this is a group of local patients who together aim to ensure that the views of local people are placed at the heart of our work.  Also in this issue, details of an exciting pilot project which will benefit Radcliffe patients, offering them GP appointments 7 days a week. 

As a quick reminder, 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 18th December at 3pm, at Townside Primary Care Centre in Bury. You can also follow us on Twitter where we Tweet live from the Board!

That's all for this issue of Health Matters, if you have any feedback or questions about Health Matters or the CCG, please let us know.

With thanks.

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

Bug
Banish the bugs this winter!
The days are shorter and it’s getting colder... winter is definitely on the way!   It’s during the cold winter months that people are more likely to suffer from cold and flu bugs. 

This article aims to help you to stay well this winter.
Healthier-Radcliffe
Healthier Radcliffe

Patients in Radcliffe are to benefit from a pilot scheme where appointments are available to see a GP or nurse, seven days a week.   

Bury is one of only six areas in Greater Manchester to trial this new of working.  Read more about Healthier Radcliffe.

Launch highlights work of Patient Champions
Local people got up to speed on the work of the local NHS and how they can get involved, at the launch of our Patient Cabinet.  The Patient Cabinet aims to ensure that the views of local people are placed at the heart of the CCG’s work and that they have a chance to actively participate in consultations and service planning.   The importance of patient and public involvement and engagement was highlighted, and the event gave local people the opportunity to tell the CCG how they felt improvements could be made in how they are involved and engaged in its' work.  A couple of key projects were highlighted at the event and you can read more about these, and the launch event, here.
Get to know your NHS
Our Board (or Governing Body as it is formally known) meets in public every month. 

The next meeting takes place on the 18th December, and you will be able to view the papers on our website.
get involved in our work

We want local people to get involved in our work. 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. 

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We are on Twitter.  Keep up to date with the latest from NHS Bury CCG by following us, and if you would like to Re-Tweet our news stories, we would be most grateful. 
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