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Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

CCLG, along with many other children’s cancer organisations, marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (CCAM) each year in September. While we work to raise awareness of childhood cancer all year round, during September we focus on increasing awareness of cancer in children, as well as the work we do to support children with cancer and their families.

The gold ribbon

The internationally recognised symbol for childhood cancer is the gold ribbon. During September, we encourage our supporters to wear a gold ribbon to help raise awareness. You can order your gold ribbon (and other CCAM items) from our online shop. 

Order your gold ribbon today

About childhood cancer

In the UK and Ireland, around five children are diagnosed with cancer each week. Thats around 1820 each year.

Cure rates for children are much higher than for most adult cancers. On average, 82% (over 8 in 10) of all children survive their cancer for five years or more. For some types of children’s cancer, the cure rate is much higher. However, for some types of childhood cancer, cure rates are much lower and less progress has been made. Further research is urgently needed.

Cancer remains the number 1 cause of death by disease for children. Sadly, around 230 children die from cancer each year.

Find out more about childhood cancer

Over the last 45 years, CCLG has played a key role in the major improvements in survival rates and standards of care for children. We bring together childhood cancer professionals to ensure all children receive the best possible treatment and care.

As there are still some childhood cancers with a poor outlook, and many treatments can have long lasting side effects, further research is vital, and the ultimate aim of CCLG is to cure as many children as possible while reducing the short and long-term effects of treatment. We fund and support research into childhood cancer.

Treatment is given in a specialist centre, often given many miles from home, and for some cancers will last for up to three years. Being diagnosed with cancer is a frightening experience, and the emotional and practical implications of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment can be hugely challenging for the whole family. We help young patients and their families with our expert, high quality and award-winning information.  

How you can help

There are many ways you can get involved and help us to beat childhood cancer. This September, we’re asking individuals, schools, companies, organisations and community groups across the UK and Ireland to:

GHR & Eaglebridge Primary Care Network: Provision of our services outside the normal practice hours.

As you may be aware NHS England (who commission our practices services) have set out a requirement that practices work together to ensure that patients are able to access services outside our normal hours of work (8.00am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday).

GHR and Eaglebridge Primary Care Networks cover the following practices:

Grosvenor Medical Centre

Hungerford Medical Centre

Rope Green Medical Centre

Millcroft Medical Centre

Earnswood Medical Centre

GHR and Eaglebridge PCNs have produced a plan based on services being provided from the individual practices and from a local practice-based Hub on Friday and Saturday.

This way of working is not new to us, we have been providing so called Extended Access services for the last five years, including the ability for our patients to access services locally on Saturdays.

The times we provide extended access services from our practice bases have been determined by analysing the preferences of our patients over the last five years, in particular we have been keen to offer services to enable patients who work a distance away from the practice to access services.

Each practice is currently publicising when services are available and we are proposing to add further services to our existing provision, from October 2022.

In addition to the services provided from each practice we are working with our neighbouring practices to offer appointments across the week and on Saturdays. As always, the availability of appointments will be dependent on our capacity, however, please ask the practice receptionist if you would ideally like an appointment outside the normal core hours. It is important to stress that the number of appointments offered outside the normal hours will only be a small proportion of our total appointments, as it is important that we do not undermine our normal level of service particularly given the current high levels of demand and our workforce challenges.

As we have stated we are sure that the time our practices provide services (outside of core hours) reflects the preferences of our patients, but we would be pleased to hear your views so that we can continue to evaluate the best times to offer services.

Happy Hearts – Together we can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke during Covid-19

Health services, local authorities, charities and other partners across Cheshire and Merseyside are working together to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The Cheshire and Merseyside Happy Hearts website is aimed at helping you to reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack by giving you lots of information and tips on keeping your heart happy. The website shares local, practical information on:

  • how to live healthily and stay well
  • conditions that increase the chances of having a heart attack or stroke, such as
    • atrial fibrillation
    • high blood pressure
    • high cholesterol
  • how and where you can get your numbers checked
  • how you can help to manage and control these conditions to lower your CVD risk

Visit the Cheshire and Merseyside Happy Hearts website to find out more.

No more suicide – support for children & young people

Many people, including children and young people experience times of stress or worry during their lives. If you need help now or if you’re worried about someone else, there are support services available. Visit no-more.co.uk for more information and a list of services available.

999 Service Launched in British Sign Language

An official 999 service has now been launched in British Sign Language.

Using a dedicated smartphone APP or the 999 BSL website, callers will be connected to a 999 call handler via a BSL interpreter.

The service can be accessed at 999bsl.co.uk – you can also download the iOS or Android app there.

Have you got the NHS App?

The NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. Account verification is done centrally and you don’t need a password from your GP surgery.

You can now use the app to show your Covid vaccination status.

You can use the NHS App to:

  • get advice about coronavirus – get information about coronavirus and find out what to do if you think you have it.
  • order repeat prescriptions – see your available medicines, request a new repeat prescription and choose a pharmacy for your prescriptions to be sent to.
  • book appointments – search for, book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery. See details of your upcoming and past appointments.
  • get health advice – search trusted NHS information and advice on hundreds of conditions and treatments. You can also answer questions to get instant advice and medical help near you.
  • view your health record – securely access your GP health record to see information like your allergies and your current and past medicines. If your GP surgery has given you access to your detailed medical record, you can also see information like test results and details of your consultations.
  • register to be an organ donor – choose to donate some or all your organs and check your registered decision.
  • find out how the NHS uses your data – choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning.

Download the app now from the App Store or Google Play, or find out more information at NHS App – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Learning Disability Week 2022

This year’s Theme is Art and Creativity.

For many people with a learning disability and their families, getting creative has been a way to stay connected and positive through the challenges of last year.

We know that people with a learning disability are up to twice as likely to experience mental health problems, due to many factors like discrimination and social isolation.

https://www.mencap.org.uk/LDWeek

Loneliness Awareness Week

This week is Loneliness Awareness Week, the event happens annually and is hosted by Marmalade Trust.

The campaign aims to reduce the stigma around loneliness and encourage people to talk more openly about it. The campaign aims to reach 18-24 year old’s, we know that young people feel more confident and motivated to take action to help other people who feel lonely rather than doing things to help themselves.

However, we know that loneliness is an issue that can affect us all, young or old, at any point in our lives.

This week, reach out to others, check in on friends and family, help someone who may be feeling lonely, small acts of kindness can make a big difference.

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