South Cheshire and Vale Royal residents going through a tough time or struggling with mental health issues can now get free online support. Big White Wall is available to all South Cheshire and Vale Royal residents aged 16+.
The service is designed to help patients get support, take control and feel better. It provides 24/7 peer and professional support (with trained counsellors online at all times), plus a range of wellbeing tools to help people self-manage. This service is safe and anonymous, so no one will know you have chosen to use it unless you tell them.
70% of members reported feeling better as a result of joining BWW, and 46% shared something for the first time. Whatever you’re going through, BWW is there to help. Simply go to www.bigwhitewall.com and enter your South Cheshire and Vale Royal postcode.
If you’d like to see more about how the service works, you can watch this short film: http://www.bigwhitewall.com/landing-pages/videohowitworks.aspx
Pharmacists play a key role in providing quality healthcare to patients. Working in the community, pharmacists use their clinical expertise together with their practical knowledge to ensure the safe supply and use of medicines by patients and members of the public.
Many pharmacies in the local area offer the ‘Think Pharmacy’ service. This service is an alternative to visiting your GP, making it easier for you and your family to get healthcare and advice on minor ailments at a time that suits you.
Your local pharmacy can offer advice and if necessary, prescribe medication to treat the following ailments under the Minor Ailments service:
Pharmacists can also offer advice on common problems such as coughs, colds, aches and pains as well as healthy eating and stopping smoking.
You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence, even about the most personal symptoms and you don’t need to make an appointment; most pharmacies now have a private consultation area where patients can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard by other members of the public.
Consultations are always free and confidential, regardless of whether the pharmacist gives you any medication.
Download a copy of the Think Pharmacy Information Sheet
Most of us welcome the hot weather but when it’s too hot for too long, there can be health risks. Here are some tips to keep safe in the sun:
Dangers of swimming in open water
In the hot weather the temptation of jumping into cool open water might be there, but it can have deadly consequences.
Swimming in open waters such as, lakes, rivers, ponds, canals and quarries is extremely dangerous and should be avoided.
If you have been affected by the Manchester bombing, there is help and advice available to you. You can access help from the following services:
Ashfields Primary Care Centre will be open as usual on Monday following the cyber attack which took place on Friday 12 May 2017 and affected the NHS and many other organisations around the world.
We may not yet have full access to patient records, prescriptions and appointment systems but we are using well-tested contingency plans to ensure that services can continue to be provided.
The NHS is asking patients to continue to use the NHS wisely and remember that they can seek help and advice from a range of other sources, such as pharmacies or 111.
What you can do to help
Common brands of combined contraceptive pills are Rigivedon, Microgynon, Yasmin and Ovranett however the list is endless. This type of pill is usually taken for 3 weeks followed by a week off where a period occurs.
In recent months there has been circulating media attention that this type of pill is unsafe as it increases the risks of fatal blood clots. The combined contraceptive pill has been widely available since the 1960’s and has had ongoing safety testing. It slightly increases the ability of blood to form clots and so can be associated with clotting disorders.
Here at Ashfields all patients prescribed the combined contraceptive pill are screened for associated risks which would indicate this method of contraception is unsafe to use. Annual checks ensure our patients continue to be safe in taking the combined pill.
If you are concerned regarding the safety of taking your pill please make an appointment at the surgery to speak to one of the contraceptive nurses.
Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.
This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.
This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything.
If you have any concerns, please speak to practice staff or download the How information about you helps us to provide better care (PDF, 344kb).
If you wish to prevent this from happening please complete an opt out form available from the receptionists as the Practice.
For more information about how data is collected and shared, including confidentiality, download the FAQ for patients (PDF, 153kb) produced by the HSCIC and NHS England.
Or visit the NHS Choices website