Welcome to my May blog.
Firstly I would like to wish Eid Mubarak to those colleagues who marked the end of Ramadan from Monday 2 May, Eid Mubarak to you all, I hope you had a wonderful time celebrating with your families, loved ones, friends and neighbours.
Thankfully Covid-19 rates in the borough are slowly starting to fall again with around 400 cases in the last seven days, you may remember we were at around 1000 cases per week earlier this month. As always, it is important to remember to take measures to protect yourselves and others. Our latest guidance can be found here and details of our vaccination clinics are on our website here.
Spring boosters are now available for over 75s, care home residents and those aged 12+ with weakened immune systems within the borough. Everyone eligible can book online, by phone or visit a walk-in clinic. Find out more here.
This week on 12 May we celebrate International Nurses Day which is the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birth. Nurses day is a day to reflect, recognise and give thanks to our wonderful nurses in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale and across the UK for their remarkable contribution especially over the last two years. Thank you for everything you do! Look out for our social media activity to see our celebrations.
Also this week 9th – 15th May is Mental Health awareness Week and we are raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the steps we can take to tackle it. You can find out more here: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week.
At the end of April, the Greater Manchester Shining a Light on Suicide campaign rolled out its partnership with the League Manager’s Association nationally with a new suicide prevention film featuring Gareth Southgate, Andy Burnham, all 20 Premier League Managers, as well as managers of teams from across all professional football leagues. The new film aims to use the managers influence to encourage everyone to undertake the free online suicide prevention training to help save lives. You can watch the film here and find out more about the campaign and training here: https://shiningalightonsuicide.org.uk/
Thanks also to everyone who took part in Greater Manchester’s Big Health and Care conversation which has now ended. The feedback will now be collated and will help to shape the future vision of how we will work together to improve everyone’s health and wellbeing. Winners of the Love2Shop voucher will be notified by Friday, 13 May.
As ever there are various opportunities to interact with us at one of our statutory meetings and ask us any questions you may have about local healthcare. Our next Governing Body meeting takes place on Friday 20 May 2022 at 9.30am and you can find out more here: https://www.hmr.nhs.uk/meetings/governing-body/gb-17-18-and-18-19-papers-ratified-mins-public-questions-and-responses/ This meeting will be the first meeting in public for the Governing Body for over two years. Public questions are welcome and can be submitted in advance, through the online form on the CCG’s website, we do ask that anyone submitting questions, in advance of the Governing Body meeting, does so at least 24 hours before the meeting commences, as this allows us sufficient time for the question to be picked up and processed, before the meeting takes place.
And next month we will be celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee. On 6th February this year Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service. To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events will take place culminating in a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen’s 70 years of service. We hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating!
Please be mindful as ever when there is a bank holiday approaching, to be as prepared as you can be by planning for your family’s health needs. If you take regular medication and need a repeat prescription, make sure you get it in time, so you have enough for the long weekend. If you or a family member becomes unwell, pharmacists can offer advice on common ailments such as coughs, colds, aches and pains and skin rashes. You can check local pharmacy opening hours for the upcoming Bank Holidays here and we’ll also keep you posted on our social media channels. You can also call NHS 111 for advice or visit 111.nhs.uk.