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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

Thank you.

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Getting to medical appointments

The appointment you've been waiting for has arrived, but how are you going to get there? Will you have to cancel?

We have been told this can be a problem for some people. Not everyone has their own car, or a relative available to take them.

Our next short survey looks at these questions.

The survey also gives you space to tell us about your recent experiences of using (or trying to use) health and care services.

The online link to all our surveys is  Please share this link with your family, friends and colleagues.

If you, or someone you know, prefers to complete surveys on paper, or over the phone, please give us a call on 0161 667 2526. Or you can request by email at

Thank you for your support. All the anonymous responses from our surveys are combined into reports which are sent to the providers and commissioners of services, to influence the way services are arranged. They are available to read on our website.

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Community groups and Healthwatch

Are you involved in a Tameside community group?

Maybe we could work together and support each other? This could be via Zoom or other online software. Or face-to-face in the summer (subject to the Covid restrictions being lifted).

Please have a look at our website for some ideas -

We'd love to hear from you.

Greater Manchester Autism Consortium

Greater Manchester Autism Consortium

This project is funded by the 10 councils of Greater Manchester and the 10 Clinical Commissioning Groups (local NHS organisations).

Their work includes:

More information is available on their website at

Information about autism support can also be found at

Bridges - building bridges to a brighter future

Domestic abuse support

The UK government’s definition of domestic abuse is “any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. The abuse can encompass, but is not limited to psychological, physical, sexual, financial, emotional."

Bridges is Tameside Council’s commissioned domestic abuse service and has been delivered by Jigsaw Support (part of the Jigsaw Group) since 2013.

The outreach service is accessible to anyone living in Tameside, over the age of 16 (not applicable to children’s service), regardless of gender, ethnicity or any other protected characteristic.

If you, or anyone you know, needs support for domestic abuse, please get help. For more information see

You can contact Bridges via telephone on either 0800 3280967 or 0161 331 2552 or via email at

The GM Daily Mile Toolkit

Greater Manchester Daily Mile

The Greater Manchester Daily Mile Toolkit is bursting with tips, tools and motivational ideas to help adults and families in Tameside and Glossop to walk more, outside of school settings.

There are three tailor-made versions: an Individual and Family Toolkit, a Toolkit for Employers and a Community Organisation Toolkit.

With resources including activity sheets, step trackers, challenges, promotion templates and much more, there is something to support everyone to walk more.

Find out more at:

Everyone is now eligible for rapid testing

COVID-19 rapid-testing

From Friday 9 April rapid testing will be available to all Tameside residents as part of the easing of COVID restrictions. The rapid lateral flow tests are quick, easy and give a result within half an hour.

To help best protect the community it’s recommended that everyone gets tested twice a week, and tests can be accessed via any of the means below:

Pharmacy Collect

The new ‘Pharmacy Collect’ service will make coronavirus test kits – known as lateral flow devices (LFD) – readily available to people without symptoms free of charge from local NHS pharmacies. Anyone can request a box of test kits from the pharmacy counter for regular testing at home or elsewhere.

To find the participating pharmacies in your area, see


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