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Killer disease patients told “It’s not too late”

18th November 2013

West Leicestershire people who suffer from an incurable lung condition are being assured that it’s not too late to manage the disease and improve their everyday lives.

The message coincides with World COPD Day (20 November), the key date in a global campaign aimed at raising awareness of the potentially fatal condition.

COPD is an umbrella term for a number of conditions which prematurely age the lungs. It stands for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. World COPD Day’s main message to sufferers is: “It’s not too late” - to tackle the impact of COPD on your life.

Diabetes care starts with lifestyle – a World Diabetes Day message

15th November 2013

West Leicestershire patients with diabetes are being encouraged to make careful lifestyle choices in addition to taking any medication they are prescribed.

The advice coincided with World Diabetes Day on Thursday 14 November.

Treatment for diabetes aims to help people with the condition control their blood glucose levels and minimise the risk of developing complications.

Patients come first for Dr Nick Pulman

8th November 2013

Dr Nick Pulman has today sadly announced that he is to step aside from his role as Chair of West Leicester Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) from January 2014.

The decision to step aside from the healthcare organisation was not an easy one for Dr Pulman.

Over the last month several key members of staff at his GP surgery have decided on career changes, and this has caused a significant pressure on the ability of the remaining partners to manage the surgery without him.

Think pharmacist first!

1st November 2013

'Think pharmacist first. They can provide much more than just a prescription' - that's the message from West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (WL CGG).

As part of Ask Your Pharmacist week, which takes place from the 4 to 11 November, West Leicestershire CCG is reminding local people that pharmacies can offer a wealth of health support. 

This is particularly important at this time of year, when people may need advice on coughs, colds, sore throats, flu, sickness, diarrhoea and other common winter problems. 

Protect your child against flu

29th October 2013

West Leicestershire Commissioning Group is backing a new national campaign to get young children vaccinated with a nasal spray against flu.

The CCG’s support follows assurances from Muslim and Jewish leaders that the new nasal spray complies with their religious codes, despite containing a substance derived from pork gelatine. The end product is so far removed from pork that there is no breach of religious laws, they agreed.

All parents with two and three-year-olds in West Leicestershire are encouraged to get their children vaccinated.

Feel good in West Leicestershire for FREE!

15th October 2013

West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and Charnwood Borough Council are hosting the Feel Good event at Loughborough Leisure Centre between 10am and 4pm on Thursday, October 31, 2013.

On the day there will be lots of free activities, food and health advice being served up to promote healthy living in Charnwood.

It is part of the CCG and Councils efforts to help residents improve their health and fitness as well better inform people about how to choose the better urgent health care services to relieve pressure on accident and emergency units.

Clinical commissioning groups urge greater awareness of breast cancer

10th October 2013

Every year 55,000 women and 400 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK. Local NHS leaders in Leicestershire and Rutland are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month, to highlight the impact that breast cancer can have on self-image.

The physical and emotional impact of breast cancer and its treatment can change the way a woman feels about her body and the way she sees herself. This in turn can affect a woman’s self-esteem and relationships at a time when she may already be at her lowest. Some women find that they lose a sense of who they are.  

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