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