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If you want to give us your feedback via one of our surveys, please go to www.healthwatchtameside.co.uk/share-your-views
Changes to the way people access health and care services
You may have completed this survey already, and if so, thank you.
What do you think about using different ways to get help for your health and care? This includes using technology.
Your Primary Care Networks (PCNs) will shortly be discussing ways of providing primary care in the future. Your feedback is really important.
The results from this survey will be included in a report which will be shared with the PCNs.You have a chance to influence care locally.
Please complete our survey which is at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HWTChangestoaccess
If you, or someone you know, would prefer a paper copy, please give us a call on 0161 667 2526. We have an answer machine, and will call you back. We can also complete surveys over the phone.
The Big Conversation
Across the country, integrated care partnerships (ICP) are being established to enable health and care organisations to better work together to plan and deliver health and care services; to improve outcomes in population health and healthcare; to tackle inequalities in outcomes, experience and access; to enhance productivity and value for money; and to help the NHS support broader social and economic development. The creation of the Greater Manchester (GM) ICP is the latest stage in the city region’s journey to closer working which has developed since the health and social care devolution deal in February 2016.
The GM ICP is currently developing its Strategy, also known as its 5 Year Plan, which sets out the over-arching vision for the new system. The strategy will describe the partnership’s aims, objectives and priorities for health and care in GM and will explain what the system intends to do to achieve these goals.
To help shape this strategy, the GM ICP is currently running a ‘Big Conversation’ with anyone who lives or works in Greater Manchester to get feedback, thoughts and ideas on what should be included. For further information and for a chance to win one of four x £250 Love2Shop vouchers, please visit www.gmhsc.org.uk/event/the-big-conversation and complete the short survey.
New sexual health service provider
A new sexual health service provider will be available for Tameside residents from Friday 1 April 2022.
Locala Health and Wellbeing will run the service from The Orange rooms, Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SR.
The service is free, and provides confidential advice on all sexual health issues as well as provision of all types of contraception, treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), condoms, and in particular guidance and support for under 18s. The service will provide clinics, and a range of face to face and telephone appointments.
For more information see www.tameside.gov.uk/Newsroom/Articles/New-Tameside-sexual-health-service-provider
Right Treatment Right Place
We are hearing from people about the lengthy wait for an ambulance, or to be seen in Accident and Emergency.
We are being asked to think about who we contact when we have concerns about our health.
For more information see www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/campaigns/right-treatment-right-place
Patients accessing health services in Tameside and Glossop are advised to continue wearing face coverings when attending appointments to protect themselves and the NHS.
For more information please see www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/news/protecting-our-patients-and-the-nhs
COVID-19 - changes to testing 1 April 2022
From 1 April 2022, there will be changes to COVID-19 testing. The government website, will be updated at that time. Here is the latest information www.gov.uk/government/news/changes-to-covid-19-testing-in-england-from-1-april
For up-to-date information about the latest rules and guidance see www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus
There are regular vaccination hubs around the borough. If you would like more information about the location and opening times for each, see www.tameside.gov.uk/covidvaccine.
For information about health related questions, see www.tamesideandglossopccg.org/local-services/coronavirus-accessing-primary-care/coronavirus-nhs-advice
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