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Health Matters
Issue 4, Summer 2014
Bury Clinical Comissioning Group
Welcome to the summer issue of Health Matters

kiran-patel-mayWelcome to the summer issue of Health Matters.  We are now into our second year of operation and recently met with local people at some engagement events.  The purpose of the events was to get feedback from you about what works well and what could work better in relation to local services.  You can read more about what we heard and how this will influence our plans in the article below. 

We've had lots of good news recently, Lesley Royle-Pryor, the CCG's, Practice Nurse Lead, has recently been awarded the title of Queen's Nurse.  Lesley received the award for her commitment to high standards of patient care, learning and leadership.  You can read more about this accolade here.

Also, we learned recently that one of our Member Practices, Fairfax Group Practice in Prestwich, has become the first in the borough to be endorsed for its dedication to lesbian, gay and bisexual patients.  They were presented with a Gold award by Pride in Practice, we talk more about this success below.

Also in this edition: 

  • A feature on Dementia including a Q&A together with information on the Dementia Friends campaign.
  • Advice on enjoying the summer months whilst staying healthy.
  • An update on I will if you will, a project which aims to encourage women and girls to get into sport.
  • The launch of a new service to help with minor eye conditions, and you can refer yourself.
  • Progress towards a new Integrated Diabetes Service for local patients.

As a quick reminder, our Board meets in public every month and we'd really like to see local people come along to the meetings. The next meeting takes place on the 23rd July 2014, starting at 3pm at Townside Primary Care Centre in Bury. You can follow us on Twitter where we Tweet live from the Board!

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

With best wishes.

Dr. Kiran Patel
Chair and Clinical Lead

Dementia Q&A and Dementia friends

Dementia is increasingly talked about in the media as a condition which is affecting more and more people, particularly as people are living longer.  We've put together some information about dementia that we thought our readers may find helpful.

Stay healthy this summer

Whether you’re heading to the beach or having a BBQ with family and friends this summer, it’s important that you stay healthy. Read this article for some tips to keep you and your family safe and well this summer.

Also in this issue...

Bury opens its eyes to a new service

A new 12 month pilot scheme for a minor eye conditions service launched last month.  The service sees a number of community optometrists who provide treatment for a range of minor eye conditions. This avoids the need to attend hospital or even a GP, benefiting patients by providing care in a place which is more convenient to them.

Diabetes service update

Hospital and community-based diabetes health professionals from the Bury and the Rochdale Borough are joining together to form one single diabetes service. Care will be enhanced and offered closer to home.The changes are likely to happen over the summer and we'll keep you informed when we know more. Find out more here.

I will if you will update 

‘I Will If You Will’ is a movement designed to get the ladies of Bury more active. It’s about getting women together and encouraging them to become more active and healthy, having a laugh while they do it. Want to find out more?... read on.

Pride in Practice success for local surgery

Fairfax Group Practice has received a gold Pride in Practice award for delivering fully inclusive healthcare services to their patients.

Pride in Practice, delivered by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF), is a quality assurance support service that strengthens and develops a GP Practice’s relationship with their lesbian, gay and bisexual patients.  Read more about this success.

Get involved in our work

During April this year, we held two patient and public engagement events to give us the opportunity to talk to local people about our role and our plans for the future, and to hear about their experiences of using local health and care services. 

We wanted to capture this important feedback to help inform our plans for the future in relation to how health and care services need to change to meet the needs of local people and the health challenges we face in Bury in future years.  Read more about what we heard.

other recent news

Project to improve dementia support in BME communities.

£350k cash injection to support local young mums.

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