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To our Cheshire East residents,

We want to hear about your local community pharmacies, and about how you use them. It is helpful to us if you complete the survey even if you don’t use them.

The survey is open to all Cheshire East residents aged 16 and over, and runs from 8th November to 6th December 2021.

To complete our survey online, please use this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GBTVKJD

If you have difficulties in accessing or completing this survey for any reason, staff are available at your local library that will be able to assist. Limited paper versions of the survey are also available there.

If you cannot access a library and you cannot complete the form online, please contact our Customer Service team on 0300 123 5024 for help completing this survey.

Information about this survey

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNAs) are carried out to assess the pharmacy needs of the local population. It ensures that community pharmacy services are provided in the right place, and meet the needs of the communities they serve. Every local authority has a statutory responsibility to conduct a PNA.

An important part of a PNA is to consider what residents think about community pharmacy services within Cheshire East. A community pharmacy offers services such as dispensing medicines and offering advice and practical help on keeping healthy. Therefore, we would like you to take 10 minutes to complete this PNA. Your feedback is valued and appreciated and we welcome your involvement in the process. The survey asks about your experiences when using a community pharmacy, what works well, and what could be improved.

This survey has been produced by and collated by Liverpool City Council’s Public Health team on behalf of Cheshire East Council and all other local authorities across Cheshire and Merseyside.

All your answers will be treated as strictly confidential and will be anonymous – any personal information will be held in line with the Data Protection Act 2018. To find out more on how we use your information see our privacy policy at: www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/privacy. Cheshire East Council will use the data you provide solely for the purpose of this survey and to guide decision making. To find out more about the PNA, please visit our website at: https://www.cheshireeast.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_information/consultations/consultations.aspx.

Results from the survey will be analysed and published within the final Cheshire East PNA. This will be available online in October 2022. If you have any questions about this survey, or about the PNA in general, please contact the Cheshire East Public Health Intelligence Team at PHIT@cheshireeast.gov.uk.

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Stress can have a detrimental effect on your mental health

We know feeling stressed and being under pressure is a normal part of life but becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

This stress awareness day the aim is to highlight the ways stress can affect people and what you can do to manage your stress before it becomes a problem.

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. When you are stressed, your body releases stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.

Stress is your body’s reaction to help you deal with pressure or threats. This is sometimes called a “fight or flight” response. Your stress hormone levels usually return to normal once the pressure or threat has passed.

A small amount of stress can be useful. It can motivate you to take action and get tasks completed. It can also make you feel alive and excited. But too much stress can cause negative effects such as a change in your mood, your body and relationship issues.

To find out more information about stress and what you can do to manage it, visit https://www.nhs.uk/ or https://www.rethink.org/

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Have you thought to ask your local Pharmacist?

It’s ‘Ask Your Pharmacist Week’ and this year’s campaign aims to make you aware that your local pharmacy can help with a variety of medical problems. Pharmacies are part of the NHS family and the range of clinical services provided by community pharmacies has expanded significantly in recent years – with several more services being added during 2021. So, for NHS services, convenient access to medicines, support for healthy living and prompt clinical advice, Ask Your Pharmacist! In addition to your Pharmacy, self-care is also important especially during those long winter months. Watch this informative video to find out which recommended products should be in your medicine cabinet to help you self-care this Winter!
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Recognising the symptoms of Lung Cancer could save your life

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and as it’s the most common cause of death from cancer in both men and women claiming almost 35,000 lives a year, the campaign is encouraging people to visit their GP sooner if they have symptoms.

Early detection of lung cancer makes it more treatable, so encouraging people to recognise symptoms such as a persistent cough, breathlessness and sudden weight loss and to see their GP could save lives.

To find out more about Lung Cancer Awareness Month, visit https://roycastle.org/.

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Migraine Awareness Week

This week is Migraine Awareness Week and aims to raise awareness of the condition and highlight the impact it has to people living with it.

A migraine is usually a moderate or severe headache felt as a throbbing pain on one side of the head. Many people have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound.

Migraine is a common health condition affecting around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men. They usually begin in early adulthood.

Simple painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be effective for migraine. However, be careful not to take too many painkillers as this could make it harder to treat headaches over time.

You should make an appointment to see your GP if you have frequent migraines (on more than five days a month), even if they can be controlled with medication, as you may benefit from preventative treatment.

More information on migraines can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/migraine/

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In this together!

We want to ensure that our GP practices are safe places for everyone – that is our absolute priority and we ask that you do all you can to help us help you. Everybody needs to continue to act carefully and we thank you for your support – we’re #inthistogether. Watch this short film put together by Cheshire CCG featuring Tina Birkby a local Practice Manager and local GP, Dr Judi Price reinforcing the need to continue to stay safe and the ways that people will access general practice for the foreseeable future.

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Childhood Respiratory Conditions

Dr Ravi Jayaram has teamed up with Cheshire CCG and created a short video explaining the rise in respiratory conditions in young children and what parents should be on the lookout for! To watch the video
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CATCH App – a useful tool for anyone looking after little ones

Cheshire CCG have developed the CATCH app, a very useful tool for anyone looking after little ones.  It contains useful information about emergency care for children, services available in the local area and information on routine care such as immunizations and medication. Get it wherever you get your apps

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Pregnant? Have your Covid-19 vaccines

If you are pregnant it is important to have both doses of your Covid-19 vaccine to protect you and your unborn baby.

Covid-19 infection is currently circulating and can be serious for pregnant women. Thousands of women have been safely vaccinated in the UK and Worldwide.

Call 119 or go online to www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/ to register for your vaccination appointment. You can also attend walk-in, mobile or pop up vaccination clinics in your area.

For more information on the covid-19 vaccination for women of child bearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding visit this handy guide on gov.uk