HEALTH MAT­TERS

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

●● WITH Dr Paul Bowen, a GP with McIlvride Med­i­cal Prac­tice, Poyn­ton, and ex­ec­u­tive chair of NHS Eastern Cheshire Clin­i­cal Com­mis­sion­ing Group (CCG). EASTERN Cheshire is a great place to live for many rea­sons – we have beau­ti­ful coun­try­side, vi­brant towns and won­der­ful history – and we live longer here than al­most any­where else.

In­deed, NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG has the sec­ond low­est rate of ‘po­ten­tial years of lost life’ (PYLL) of all CCGs na­tion­ally.

This means that, apart from Rich­mond in south west Lon­don, Eastern Cheshire has the low­est rate of pre­ma­ture deaths in the coun­try. The CCG is made up of 23 GP prac­tices, in­clud­ing those in Mac­cles­field, Bolling­ton and Poyn­ton, and is re­spon­si­ble for plan­ning and buy­ing healthcare ser­vices for more than 200,000 peo­ple.

PYLL is a mea­sure of deaths oc­cur­ring in un­der-75s, and a de­crease in the rate of PYLL is an in­di­ca­tion that the health of a pop­u­la­tion is im­prov­ing.

In Septem­ber 2014, the CCG re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from the Of­fice of Na­tional Sta­tis­tics that we had achieved a 20.7 per cent re­duc­tion in PYLL.

Since that time, my col­leagues here and in the public health team at Cheshire East Coun­cil have con­ducted con­sid­er­able anal­y­sis and con­cluded that this re­sult can be at­trib­uted to a num­ber of fac­tors.

These in­clude hav­ing healthcare ser­vices in place when needed and pos­i­tive take up of ef­fec­tive pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures, such as flu jabs.

Eastern Cheshire res­i­dents tak­ing up op­por­tu­ni­ties for cer­vi­cal, bowel and breast screen­ing have also con­trib­uted.

Fur­ther­more, we know the main causes of ear­lier deaths in the area are car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­ease (dis­eases of the heart or blood ves­sels), lung dis­ease and can­cers – and all of these ar­eas have im­proved. This PYLL score is noth­ing short of re­mark­able and is tes­ta­ment to the hard work be­ing done by all healthcare prac­ti­tion­ers across eastern Cheshire.

How­ever, we never rest on our lau­rels and will use this suc­cess as a spring­board to fur­ther in­crease the longevity of our pop­u­la­tion.

I would also en­cour­age eastern Cheshire res­i­dents to con­tinue their good work by tak­ing up op­por­tu­ni­ties for screen­ing and tak­ing key pre­ven­ta­tive ac­tions to im­prove health, such as in­creas­ing ex­er­cise and stop­ping smok­ing.

There is a smok­ing ces­sa­tion ser­vice at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal - call 0800 085 8818 or email ecn-tr. kick­start­stopsmok­ing@ nhs.net for de­tails.

●● Dr Paul Bowen

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