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World Mental Health Day

Saturday 10th October was World Mental Health Day, and this year’s theme is “mental health for all.” Click here for lots of advice and resources on maintaining good mental wellbeing in these challenging times.

Breast screening has resumed

Eligible women aged between 50 and 70 will be sent a letter informing them if a breast screening examination is due as part of the National Breast Screening Programme.

Please remember to book your appointment directly with the Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trusts Breast Screening Service using the details below:

Contact number Tel: 01270 612396

Email: mchtbsu@mcht.nhs.uk

Website: https://www.mcht.nhs.uk/information-for-patients/departmentsandservices/breast-care-unit/

Procedures in place for COVID-19 will be detailed in the appointment letter. All staff performing examinations will be wearing PPE.

Breast Screening self-referral for women aged over 71 years are currently suspended due to the impact of COVID-19.

Please remember to be ‘Breast Aware’ and self-examine your breasts at least once a month. If you have any concerns about changes in your breasts please consult us for further advice.

Supporting your recovery after COVID-19

As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.

These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.

Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery. Find out more information at www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk 

Flu Vaccinations for 50-64 year olds

Please note, if you are in the 50-64-year old age group you will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for this age group until then.

This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

Thank you 

Sign up if you are interested in taking part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial

If you would be interested in the NHS contacting you about taking part in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine studies in the UK, then go to: https://www.nhs.uk/sign-up-to-be-contacted-for-research

This does not automatically sign you up to take part in a specific study but just lets researchers know you’re happy to be contacted if they think you might be suitable to take part in their studies.

Better Health

Public Health England has launched a major new adult health campaign to seize the opportunity for a national reset moment.

COVID-19 has affected the whole country; for almost everyone, life has had to fundamentally change. But it has also prompted many people to reflect and think more seriously about their health.

Nearly two thirds (63%) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity. Gaining weight is often a gradual process that takes place over a number of years and modern life doesn’t always make it easy. This extra weight causes pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19. By reducing your weight within a healthy range, you can help cut your risk of being critically ill with COVID-19.

The Better Health campaign will kick off by supporting individuals on their weight loss journey. For the first week, the campaign will highlight the links between weight and COVID-19. We will then move onto the motivate phase of the campaign in week 2, supporting physical activity and nutrition messages.

 

More information on Better Health

Help to stop smoking

If you smoke, you have an increased risk of severe illness with COVID-19.

For free support & medication to quit smoking

Visit: oneyoucheshireeast.org

Call:  0808 164 3202

Face Coverings

Face covering exemption

As face coverings become mandatory on public transport and other enclosed spaces, we have had a number of queries regarding doctor’s notes for face covering exemptions. Please note, an explanation may be required to clarify an exemption from the regulation – but a doctor’s note is not required.

Further information on exemptions can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#exemptions-face-coverings

Please follow this link to find useful Face Mask Exemption Cards and COVID-19 cards to support those people who may not be able to wear face coverings.

GermDefence – Simple steps to reduce viruses in your home

A new online tool has been developed by The University of Southampton giving advice on simple steps we can take at home to protect us from the new Coronavirus (Covid-19).

This advice was developed by health experts and proved to reduce illness in a study of over 20,000 people. People who followed the advice in Germ Defence were less likely to catch pandemic flu or other viruses – and if they did become ill the illness was shorter and milder on average.

How does it work?

COVID-19 is caught in the same way as other viruses. Germ Defence provides advice on how you can protect yourself using the same methods that have worked for other viruses.

It only takes around 10 minutes to go through the information – but it could protect you from the coronavirus, along with a lifetime of fewer colds and flu. Click here to take part.

Need Emergency Dental Care during Covid-19?

Revive Dental Care offers NHS Emergency Dental Clinics across Cheshire and Merseyside, with emergency appointments for patients who need urgent treatment, advice and support on dental queries or referral to other services. 

If you need help with an urgent dental problem, call their Emergency Helpline, available from 9am to 9.30pm every day, including weekends and Bank Holidays.

0161 476 9651

Please note: this is an appointment only service – we do not operate a ‘drop-in’ service at any of our surgeries.