Health

CEC asked deaf and blind woman to read out disability badge details

CEC asked deaf and blind woman to read out disability badge details

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
A Cheshire East Council officer rang a 94-year-old deaf and blind woman asking her to read out details for her new disability badge – even though the council itself had certified her blind.

The council has apologised for the blunder which left Hilda Bates distressed and embarrassed because she was unable to provide the answers.

May 19, 2022
Staff and volunteers celebrate Leighton Hospital 50th birthday

Staff and volunteers celebrate Leighton Hospital 50th birthday

Staff and volunteers at Leighton Hospital have marked its 50th birthday half a century to the day it was opened by the Queen in 1972.

Phil Malam, the Trust’s longest serving member of staff who started working at Leighton just days before the Queen arrived, cut the anniversary cake.

May 10, 2022
NHS reforms could impact rural Cheshire East residents

NHS reforms could impact rural Cheshire East residents

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
NHS and care reforms have sparked fears Cheshire East residents could lose out to those living in large towns and cities.

The Government says the Integrated Care Systems (ICS) being introduced across England will help the NHS and local councils work together to respond to health and care challenges.

May 3, 2022
Health chiefs “sorry” after Covid jab patients queue for hours in Nantwich

Health chiefs “sorry” after Covid jab patients queue for hours in Nantwich

Health chiefs have apologised after a pop-up Covid jab clinic in Nantwich left scores of elderly and vulnerable patients out in the cold for hours.

The pop-up clinic on Tuesday at St Mary’s parish hall was so popular, NHS staff struggled to cope.

April 21, 2022
Crewe vaccination site closes after more than 100,000 Covid jabs

Crewe vaccination site closes after more than 100,000 Covid jabs

By Jonathan White
A Covid vaccination centre set up in Crewe Honda showroom jabbed its last patient on Thursday (March 31).

A large section of the showroom on West Street has been used as a vaccination centre since January 2021 and has administered more than 100,000 jabs to people across Crewe and Nantwich.

April 6, 2022
Leighton Hospital nurse set for Everest challenge in aid of charity

Leighton Hospital nurse set for Everest challenge in aid of charity

A nurse at Leighton Hospital’s Emergency Care Department is to trek to Everest Basecamp to raise money for Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity (MCH Charity).

Sister Steph Plimbley will start her trek on Thursday (April 7) and continue for 12 days.

April 5, 2022
Cheshire East Council struggling to fill 75 care provider vacancies

Cheshire East Council struggling to fill 75 care provider vacancies

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East Council has 75 full time vacancies it is struggling to fill at its Care4CE service provider at a time when pressure is mounting with more people needing care.

The council is ramping up its recruitment efforts but Jill Broomhall, operational director of adult social care at Cheshire East Council, said the private sector was struggling too, with lower paid staff leaving for higher paid jobs in other sectors and managers being head-hunted.

March 30, 2022
Free Covid-19 testing in Cheshire East to end on Friday April 1st

Free Covid-19 testing in Cheshire East to end on Friday April 1st

PCR testing sites in Crewe and Macclesfield will be closed from Friday (April 1) as part of central government plans to close all free testing sites by the end of March.

Also, from Friday 1 April, free LFD tests will end.

March 29, 2022
CEC contacts Government over Covid pressure on schools

CEC contacts Government over Covid pressure on schools

By Belinda Ryan, local democracy reporter
Cheshire East has contacted Government education chiefs about the growing pressure on schools as teachers continue to pick up Covid from pupils.

Director of education Jacky Forster told the council’s children and families committee that Covid was having a bigger impact in primary than secondary schools at present.

March 28, 2022
Free adult cycling sessions to be launched by Everybody Sport

Free adult cycling sessions to be launched by Everybody Sport

Free adult cycling sessions including Learn to Ride and Commuter Confidence are to be launched in Cheshire East next month.

The sessions, held in Crewe and Macclesfield, are being organised by Everybody Sport and Recreation.

March 26, 2022
Sharp rise in Cheshire East Covid cases prompts warning

Sharp rise in Cheshire East Covid cases prompts warning

A sharp rise in Covid cases in Cheshire East has prompted a warning from health officials.

Figures released on March 21 show the rate of positive cases in Cheshire East has risen to 843 per 100,000 population.

March 24, 2022
New wheelchair service facility opened in South Cheshire

New wheelchair service facility opened in South Cheshire

A new wheelchair service centre has been opened in South Cheshire.

The service run by Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP) has opened at Infinity House in Crewe.

March 23, 2022
South Cheshire firm joins campaign in aid of Ukraine families

South Cheshire firm joins campaign in aid of Ukraine families

A South Cheshire company is teaming up to help collections for Ukraine families suffering during the current invasion by Russia.

Organisers are setting up local collection points, and the Nantwich Clinic has joined forces to offer their new Health Hub centre in Willaston as one for the Nantwich area.

February 27, 2022