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). EV­ERY­ONE comes into con­tact with the NHS at some point in their lives, and I know many peo­ple would like to have more in­flu­ence on how lo­cal health ser­vices are planned and bought, but are un­sure where to be­gin.

This is one of the rea­sons why NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG is host­ing the Eastern Cheshire Health Fair on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 30.

The fair will take place at Mac­cles­field Town Hall be­tween 11am and 3pm and is open to any­one who is in­ter­ested in health and well­be­ing or would like to know more.

I will be host­ing a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion, which will give res­i­dents the chance to learn more about our plans for healthcare and the specifics of ser­vices they are in­ter­ested in.

My col­leagues will also make a for­mal pre­sen­ta­tion of our an­nual ac­counts and dis­cuss our com­mis­sion­ing achieve­ments.

I’m aware that some peo­ple are un­sure of what a clin­i­cal com­mis­sion­ing group is, so why not take the op­por­tu­nity to find out and hear about how our work is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in eastern Cheshire?

As well as a range of stalls, which will in­clude in­for­ma­tion about lo­cal men­tal health ser­vices, end of life care and fos­ter­ing, there will also be a num­ber of pre­sen­ta­tions from the CCG, our part­ners and providers.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Kick­start, the stop smok­ing ser­vice com­mis­sioned by Cheshire East Public Health, will be giv­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion on the pros and cons of e-cig­a­rettes.

While Jackie Goodall, one of the CCG’s reg­is­tered nurses, will be talk­ing about the im­por­tance of safe­guard­ing and the Men­tal Ca­pac­ity Act.

I would re­ally en­cour­age Mac­cles­field Ex­press read­ers to at­tend the Eastern Cheshire Health Fair, as it will pro­vide a real in­sight into the work the CCG is do­ing and en­able you to in­flu­ence what we do in the fu­ture.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit east­erncheshireccg. nhs.uk/News/Eastern_ Cheshire_Health_Fair. htm.

●● Dr Paul Bowen

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