Health

Healthcare chiefs in South Cheshire voice fears over Cheshire East Council budget plans

Healthcare chiefs in South Cheshire voice fears over Cheshire East Council budget plans

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Officers in charge of buying healthcare across the borough have spoken out against the ‘scale of savings proposed’ in Cheshire East Council’s next budget.

The local authority ran its pre-budget consultation for 2019-20 last autumn, and revised proposals will be put before councillors later this month to be signed off.

February 5, 2019
Ambulance service to provide non-emergency transport for South Cheshire patients

Ambulance service to provide non-emergency transport for South Cheshire patients

By Stephen Topping
An ambulance service has been handed extra funding to provide non-emergency transport for South Cheshire patients – less than a year after it agreed to end its original contract.

South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group will be one of six in Cheshire, Warrington and the Wirral to benefit after a new five-year contract to West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), which begins on April 1.

February 4, 2019
Elderly Nantwich residents need IT skills to improve lives, says councillor

Elderly Nantwich residents need IT skills to improve lives, says councillor

By Stephen Topping
Teaching IT skills to elderly residents in Crewe and Nantwich could help transform their lives and save the council significant amounts of cash.

That is the view of Wybunbury Cllr Janet Clowes, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for adult social care and integration.

January 31, 2019
Mental health spend on children double in different parts of Cheshire, figures show

Mental health spend on children double in different parts of Cheshire, figures show

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Health chiefs are spending almost twice as much on mental health services for youngsters in some parts of Cheshire than others, according to new figures.

Data presented to the Cheshire East health and wellbeing board shows for 2018-19, the NHS Eastern Cheshire clinical commissioning group (CCG) has spent £2.9 million on child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

January 30, 2019
Leighton Hospital launches mental health first aider scheme for staff

Leighton Hospital launches mental health first aider scheme for staff

Leighton hospital has introduced new mental health first aiders to help look after the health and wellbeing of staff.

A group of 17 staff at the South Cheshire hospital, run by Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have received training to support colleagues.

January 29, 2019
Nantwich care firm Belong to launch arts for dementia project

Nantwich care firm Belong to launch arts for dementia project

Nantwich-based care village operator Belong has joined a project to see how arts can improve the lives of dementia sufferers.

Belong has teamed up with Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, Bluecoat, in the unique three-year research project.

January 22, 2019
Councillors back plans to transform mental health care in Cheshire East

Councillors back plans to transform mental health care in Cheshire East

By Stephen Topping, local democrary reporter
Councillors have endorsed plans to transform mental health care across Cheshire East, Northwich and Winsford.

NHS Eastern Cheshire, South Cheshire and Vale Royal clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), the organisations which buy healthcare across the area, approved plans to improve services for adult mental health and dementia patients last November.

January 19, 2019
South Cheshire public urged to get flu jab amid  rise in cases

South Cheshire public urged to get flu jab amid rise in cases

Residents across Nantwich and Crewe are being reminded to have flu vaccines amid a rise in the number of cases in the area.

Latest reports by Public Health England show that flu, a common infectious viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes, is now circulating in the community.

January 16, 2019
Agency staff increases Leighton Hospital pay by nearly £2 million

Agency staff increases Leighton Hospital pay by nearly £2 million

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
The need for agency staff has contributed to Leighton Hospital bosses forking out almost £2 million more on pay than they expected so far this year.

Directors at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which also runs Victoria Infirmary in Northwich and Elmhurst in Winsford, were given the trust’s latest financial figures 2018-19 at a meeting this week.

January 9, 2019
Leighton Hospital ‘coped’ in early winter months, directors told

Leighton Hospital ‘coped’ in early winter months, directors told

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
Leighton Hospital’s A&E department has coped with the early winter months better in 2018-19 than last year.

Figures presented to the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust board show 88% of patients were dealt with within the target four hours in November 2018.

January 8, 2019
Race for Life events in Nantwich and Delamere cancelled for 2019

Race for Life events in Nantwich and Delamere cancelled for 2019

Cancer Research UK Race for Life events will not take place at Reaseheath College in Nantwich and Delamere Forest in 2019, organisers have revealed.

They say they are having to reduce the number of the “smaller” events in the county.

December 27, 2018
Film shows Nantwich mum’s fundraising efforts in memory of Elle

Film shows Nantwich mum’s fundraising efforts in memory of Elle

An inspiring film shows how Nantwich mum Becky Whitfield has been raising money for cystic fibrosis sufferers in memory of her daughter Elle.

The 31-year-old has worked tirelessly for the cause since Elle Morris died a few days after Christmas last year.

December 26, 2018
Fears over rising mental health problems among Cheshire Police officers

Fears over rising mental health problems among Cheshire Police officers

By Stephen Topping, local democracy reporter
A former Cheshire Police officer has claimed sickness levels will continue to rise in the force after a report found that mental health issues are common.

Bob Fousert and Sally Hardwick, independent members of the police and crime panel, visited the occupational health unit at Cheshire Police’s headquarters in Winsford.

December 19, 2018