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 In this issue:


  • Healthwatch Tameside board membership
  • Sexual health clinics
  • COPD patients get the Aardman treatment
  • Patient survey - access to pharmacies
  • Marie Curie support
  • Care Quality Commission reports


Healthwatch Tameside Board membership

Can you help improve health and social care services in Tameside?
Do you want to guide the work of Healthwatch?
If so, Healthwatch Tameside wants to hear from you!

What would you be expected to do?

  • Take part in board meetings, once every two or three months.
  • Read any papers before the meetings and ask for more information if you need it.
  • Take part in board training and development activities.
  • Act as an ambassador for Healthwatch Tameside, and always in the best interests of Healthwatch.

The role is voluntary, however reasonable expenses will be reimbursed in line with good practice in the community and voluntary sector.

For more information, see our FAQs

Our Expression of Interest form can be found here. The closing date for receipt of the form is Friday 1 March 2019.

Please give us a call on 0161 667 2526 if you would like to know more, or email info@healthwatchtameside.co.uk


Sexual health clinics

In response to feedback about access to appointments and waiting times, The Northern Service (which includes The Orange Rooms in Ashton-under-Lyne) is making some changes. You can now book online from 12pm the working day before you want to attend. For full details see the poster they have produced.

There will be a small number of drop-in appointments available for emergencies.




COPD patients get the Aardman treatment

Patients in Greater Manchester have lent their voices and stories to a new Aardman animation, the creators of “Wallace & Gromit”, focused on COPD. The film sees real patients discuss their experiences and why it is important for people to have a voice in their care – all while animated as a variety of animals and pets.

It also encourages patients to have their say on their care as part of a new pilot feedback project, “Rate My Inhaler” currently running in Greater Manchester as part of a wider COPD programme.

Health Innovation Manchester has worked in collaboration with healthcare company GSK and iWantGreatCare (iWGC), the world’s largest independent patient feedback platform, for the project. The service offers patients the chance to rate and review not only the care they received from their clinicians, but for the first time, review their prescribed COPD maintenance inhalers.

The ambition is to ensure that patients have a voice to inform their health system, in turn leading to greater patient participation in how their care is provided in Manchester.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBsld-ujBqM

Patient survey - access to pharmacies


The Optometry–Pharmacy team at NHS England is currently reviewing Pharmacy services on bank holidays and public holidays.

As part of the review they are engaging with the public to get views on pharmacy access during these holiday periods.


They have produced a short patient survey which is now available by clicking this link. Patient Access Survey   
Marie Curie support

Are you aware of the support available from Marie Curie?

At Marie Curie they believe everyone living with a terminal illness should be able to get the most from the time they have left.


Marie Curie Nurses care for you in your home, when you need them most, day or night. Their hospices are at the heart of communities around the UK. They also have trained volunteers and advisers who are available when you don’t know what to do next or just need to talk. They’ll be by your side with care and support every step of the way, bringing light in the darkest hours.


More information can be found at https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/

Care Quality Commission reports

These reports have been issued by the Care Quality Commission since our last ebulletin. Clicking on the links will take you to the relevant CQC website page.

Mediscan Diagnostic Services Ltd - https://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-765702912

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust - https://www.cqc.org.uk/provider/RT2





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