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If you have feedback about these topics, or any recent experiences about health or care services you think we should know about, give Healthwatch Tameside a call on 0161 667 2526. Or email info@healthwatchtameside.co.uk

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Our surveys

We have two live surveys. If you have already completed these, thank you.

Our workplan priorities - Please help us by telling us your preferences for our work in the coming year. This survey will close on 19 February 2021. www.healthwatchtameside.co.uk/healthwatch-tameside-workplan-priorities-survey

Vaccination survey - What do you think about the COVID vaccination programme? There's also a chance to tell us about your experience of using (or trying to use) any health and care services recently. This survey will close on 12 March 2021.  www.healthwatchtameside.co.uk/healthwatch-tameside-vaccination-survey

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Tameside Community Champions Supporting a COVID-safe and healthy Tameside

Tameside Community Champions

Tameside Community Champions can be anyone who live or work in the community. You might be the person that everyone knows and trusts. You might be someone who just wants to help in whatever way you can - even if this is your first time.
 
You can support amongst the community as much or as little as you like in a variety of ways from simply passing on information, to having conversations or volunteering your time.

For more information see www.tameside.gov.uk/communitychampions


Mental Health Act reform consultation

The Department of Health and Social Care want your views on changes to the Mental Health Act to help put patients at the centre of decisions about their own care.

This consultation closes

www.gov.uk/government/consultations/reforming-the-mental-health-act


North West MacMillan survey

As part of Macmillan’s ongoing work in the North West to gather insight from people living with cancer, the Macmillan Engagement Team are interested to hear about the experience of people who have accessed cancer services over the last year. 

Macmillan have begun to see how health services are adapting to offer appointments differently. In addition, people have told the organisation that in some instances there has been disruption to services with appointments being cancelled or rearranged.

To help Macmillan to understand people’s lived experience of cancer appointments over the last year, they have a survey www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NWAccessiblityanddisruption/ 
The closing date is 8 March 2021.


Getting symptoms checked out

Are you worried that you, your child or someone you know may have diabetes? Having some of the signs and symptoms of diabetes doesn’t mean you definitely have the condition, but you should always contact your GP, just to make sure.

Getting diagnosed and the right treatment are vital, and can reduce the chances of developing serious complications. For more information about diabetes have a look at www.diabetes.org.uk/diabetes-the-basics/diabetes-symptoms

GP practices are still open for business and are working hard to look after patients by providing non-urgent care despite the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Face-to-face appointments have been limited to those who require an examination in person.

To find out more about how you can get checked out see www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/local-services/gp-practices

You can also ask your local pharmacist www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/local-services/pharmacists-tameside


NHS dentistry

We have reported about this topic in previous e-bulletins. Here are two articles from the Healthwatch England website, showing what is being said and done nationally.

www.healthwatch.co.uk/response/2021-01-29/our-response-british-dental-associations-open-letter-matt-hancock-about-dental

www.healthwatch.co.uk/news/2021-02-08/warnings-dentistry-crisis-public-concerns-continue

If you have feedback about your experiences of NHS dental care during the pandemic, please get in touch with us. You can ring on 0161 667 2526 or email info@healthwatchtameside.co.uk

We will keep your personal information anonymous, whilst sharing local themes to help with this work.


Calling all over 70s and registered clinically extremely vulnerable Please book an appointment for your COVID vaccine

COVID-19 update

Vaccinations - as the roll-out continues, all those people aged 70 years and over and those who are extremely clinically vulnerable should have received an invitation to book an appointment for their vaccine. If you are in these groups and haven't received or seen your letter you can book a vaccine appointment at www.tamesideandglossop.nhsvaccinations.co.uk/

If you are not aged over 70 or in an extremely clinically vulnerable group please wait until you are contacted by the NHS for your vaccination appointment. 

Rapid testing - this is targeted COVID-19 Rapid Testing for key workers with no symptoms. More information is available at www.tameside.gov.uk/rapidtesting

For information on the latest restrictions for Tameside, local support, advice and service changes, visit: www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus

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