Happy New Year and welcome to the first blog of 2020.
I hope you have all had a good break over the holiday period and are feeling refreshed and raring to go for 2020. The NHS has coped with its challenges throughout the festive season but be mindful to use services wisely and ensure you know where to go for help when medical care and advice is needed. By choosing the right service, patients will get the best treatment in the shortest possible time – whilst keeping emergency health services available for emergencies and life-threatening conditions.
The start of a new year is a good time to think about what we want to achieve in the year ahead and how we can be healthier and make some positive changes such as giving up a habit or trying something new. There are lots of people participating in Dry January which is the one-month drink free challenge that helps people reset their relationship with alcohol. You can find out more information about it here. Stopping smoking is also extremely important in improving your health. In Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, Living Well provides stop smoking support for local people. For details call 01706 751 190 or visit the Living Well website. The Smokefree campaign can also help smokers to kick the habit.
Eating too much sugar is bad for everyone’s health and you’d be surprised at the amount of sweet stuff in everyday food and drinks like breakfast cereals, yoghurts, cakes, biscuits, fizzy drinks and ice cream. Change4Life has some great tips and recipes for all the family. Search ‘Change4Life’ for tasty recipes and fun ideas to help you and your kids stay healthy.
After the success in 2019 Rochdale and District Mind has partnered with RED January again this year to help local people to kick-start their year in a positive way. RED January is a movement that encourages people to get active every day in January to support their mental health. You can walk, run, swim, cycle (whatever you fancy!) – the aim is to get moving daily, whilst raising awareness and support for mental health. It’s a good focus during a characteristically tough month and supports ‘REDers’ through its online community. Find out how to get involved here.
As well as looking after our physical health and wellbeing we need to make sure we look after our mental health. The One You campaign encourages people to look after their mental health and how good mental health helps us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy life more. It also helps us prepare for life’s ups and downs. Discover simple steps to improve your mental health at Every Mind Matters.
This month we are holding our next Governing Body Meeting at Number One Riverside, we hold Governing Body meetings in public every two months. The Governing Body oversees the work of the organisation and sets its priorities and direction. Our next meeting is Friday 17th January 2020 and the meeting will now commence at a new time of 9.30am for one hour. The format of the meeting will remain the same and public questions are welcome at the meeting and can either be submitted through the website via the meetings pages, or asked during the open questions slot at beginning of the meeting. Among the items on the meeting agenda are updates on Emergency Preparedness Resilience and Response, Assurance Framework and board members will also hear updates on the work of the various CCG committees. If you can’t make it to the meeting, follow us on Twitter @NHSHMR for live tweets giving an overview of items being discussed and decisions made.
Thanks for reading
Dr Aggy York, GP and Clinical Board Member