NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is made up of every GP in Oldham and is led by a Governing Body that includes GPs, other health professionals and lay people.

Our triple aim is to improve the health of the people in Oldham, to improve the care they receive and their experience of it and to deliver the best value for money by using our resources effectively.

 

This New Year, it's all about you 

 

 

Ready for a change this New Year? January can be the perfect time to think about those not so healthy habits and take up new hobbies, however it can be scary making those changes alone and we all need support in making the best decisions for us sometimes.

 

So if it's stopping smoking, changing your diet or even taking up running; the NHS One You website has handy apps you can download and use to help reach your goal as well as information on local groups that can support you, quizzes on topics such as sleep, stress and drinking and offers to support you.

 

Oldham Council have also launched a new website to help residents find the exercise that's right for them, they're also asking residents for their health selfies using the #healthyselfieOldham, each week a winner will be chosen and given a free 7 day access pass for use with Oldham Community Leisure, at the end of the month one lucky person will win a years membership, get sharing those selfies! 

Are you stocked up?

Your pharmacist can tell you what you should keep at home in case you begin to feel unwell - having the basics in, as well as any prescription medicines is all part of the keeping well plan.

Have you got these in your medicine cabinet?

Painkillers such as aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen are highly effective at relieving most minor aches and pains, such as headaches and menstrual pain. Aspirin must not be given to children under 16.

Antihistamines can come in the form of creams or tablets. Antihistamine creams soothe insect stings and bites, and rashes and itching from stinging nettles.

Diarrhoea and vomiting make us lose water and essential minerals, and can lead to dehydration. If you have these symptoms and can't continue your normal diet, oral rehydration salts can help restore your body's natural balance of minerals and fluids, and relieve discomfort and tiredness. It's agood idea to keep an anti-diarrhoea medicine at home, this can quickly control the unpleasant symptoms of diarrhoea.

If you have stomach ache, heartburn or trapped wind, a simple antacid will reduce stomach acidity and bring relief. Antacids come as chewable tablets, tablets that dissolve in water, or in liquid form.

Don't forget, you can speak to your pharmacist about many healthcare issues, including long-term conditions or go to the Walk-in Service at Oldham Integrated Care Centre, it's open 8am-8pm 365 days a year for minor illnesses and injuries.

A&E departments are there for life threatening emergencies only.

Dial 111 when you need fast help, not help fast

You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation.

Call 111 if:

  • you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency
  • you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
  • you don't know who to call or you don't have a GP to call
  • you need health information or reassurance about what to do next

For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist in the usual way.

If a health professional has given you a specific phone number to call when you are concerned about your condition, continue to use that number.

For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, continue to call 999.


Winter blues? You're not alone!

Healthy Minds Winter brings more than just cold weather, the festive period can sometimes leave people feeling anxious, stressed, lonely or depressed.

If you've felt like this recently and want to talk to somebody about it then please call Healthy Minds on 0161 716 2777 or Tameside,Oldham and Glossop Mind on 0161 330 9223.

You can also speak to your GP who can refer you on for specialist support if you both think that's the right thing to help you.

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