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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 access survey report
Our "Changes to the way people access health and care services" survey was available to complete between November 2021 and April 2022.
The report of our findings from the survey responses has been published on our website today.
You can read it at www.healthwatchtameside.co.uk/report/2022-06-20/changes-way-people-access-health-and-care-services-survey-report-2022
Community Champions workshop
We have previously introduced the Tameside Community Champions. More information about becoming a Champion can be found at www.tameside.gov.uk/communitychampions.
They are holding an online workshop called Making Every Contact Count on Thursday 23rd June, 10:00am-12:00pm.
If you are interested you can find out more, and book a place, at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/community-champions-workshop-2-making-every-contact-count-tickets-360365802817
Pennine Care updated five year strategy
In April 2020, a five-year strategy was agreed following 18 months of engagement with staff colleagues and partners. This was a new beginning for the Trust as a specialist mental health, learning disability and autism provider, but then immediately everything was impacted by COVID-19.
Recognising the impact of the pandemic and the changes within the health and social care system, Pennine Care have updated the strategy.
The full details can be found at www.penninecare.nhs.uk/thisisus
If you are a user of Pennine Care, or other local mental health services, we would love to hear from you. Healthwatch Tameside has a mental health survey available for completion at www.healthwatchtameside.co.uk/share-your-views. We also have paper copies available, or can talk to people on the phone - give us a call on 0161 667 2526 and leave a message. We will call you back.
Armed Forces Day
Tameside’s annual salute to service personnel past, present and future returns to its traditional home of Victoria Park, Denton, in the afternoon of Saturday 25 June 2022.
There will be a wide range of free family-friendly activities – from arts and crafts to physical challenges – and many support organisations will be in attendance, including Tameside Armed Services Community. For more information, see www.tameside.gov.uk/Newsroom/Armed-Forces-Day-Back-on-Parade-for-2022.
Healthwatch Tameside will be there too - if you've used health or care services in recent months, please come and have a chat to us. Tell us what went well, and what could be improved.
Sexual health services phone number
The telephone number to access services has changed today. The new number for Tameside is 0161 507 9460.
For more information see www.locala.org.uk/services/sexual-health/
A leaflet has been produced for adults with suspected or confirmed coronavirus who have not been admitted to hospital. You can read it at www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-content/uploads/sites/52/2020/12/C1634-suspected-Coronavirus-important-information-to-keep-you-safe-at-home-V8_210422.pdf
For people with symptoms of respiratory illness, including COVID-19, there is information about what to do here www.gov.uk/guidance/people-with-symptoms-of-a-respiratory-infection-including-covid-19
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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