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Miscellaneous

Help raise awareness of Dementia - become a Dementia Friend!

Dementia Friends is a programme created by the Alzheimer’s Society to give people an understanding of what it's like to live with dementia and the small things everyone can do to make a difference to people living with the condition.

http://healthwatchwarrington.us7.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=f5aee761cefc6f1627482e4ba&id=3faeccfbc8&e=a5df58f02a

To become a Dementia Friend, just join a local information session. To join in, contact Annie Baker on 01925 246 880 or email annie@warringtonva.org.uk  

http://www.disabilityawarenessday.org.uk

Disability Awareness Day is now in its 23rd year, and it's a great day of family entertainment in a huge tented village at Walton Gardens. It's a pan disability event which promotes a can do culture focussing on what disabled people can do throughout life and work. Come along, and join in!

For further details visit  http://www.disabilityawarenessday.org.uk/

Hearing Voices Support Group

There is a new Tuesday support group (from 7pm-9pm) at Allen Street Day Centre for adults over 16 that hear voices, experience hallucinations or have any other unusual experiences.

For more information, please call Becca Lifford on 01925 666 660 or Sue Hogan on 01925 573 489.

A safe place to go in Warrington

Click on the link below to see the information on Warrington Borough Council's website

http://www.warrington.gov.uk/info/200727/crime_support_and_prevention/1074/a_safe_place_to_go

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Live Life the Wolves Way Information Sheet

Why Live Life the Wolves Way?

Live Life the Wolves Way

is a lifestyle and exercise initiative designed especially for overweight and obese children aged 7 - 11 years. The community programme is designed to provide children and their families with support and further education around nutrition, healthy eating and physical activity. There is also an emotional element, which helps build confidence, self discipline, and self esteem.

How does the programme work?

The community programme is

FREE to participants and their families and each course consists of an 80 minute session run over six continuous weeks. The programme consists of lots of fun and games, discussions and exercise activities to improve health levels, build confidence, self esteem and impart knowledge of good diet and nutrition. It is compulsory that a parent or carer attends the sessions with their child in order to support development and reinforce a lifestyle change in the home for the whole family.

The majority of participants on the courses are referred by partners including schools, children's projects, dieticians, school nurses, and are open to all residents or children who go to school in the borough but parents/guardians can also self refer if they choose.

How to book onto the course?

If you have any queries or would like to book a place on

Live Life the Wolves Way please contact The Warrington Wolves Foundation on;

01925 248894 - community@wolvesfoundation.com

Help to reduce the cost of wastage...

02 July 2012 - Warrington Clinical Commisioning Group

Millions of pounds are wasted on unused medication every year – approximately £300 million in England (£1m in Warrington). This could be used to pay for essential NHS services such as heart bypass operations, community nurses and knee replacements.

The amount of wasted medication in Warrington is increasing every year.  This is the message coming from local health professionals in a bid to cut back on waste. Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group is launching a campaign to encourage patients to work with them to tackle the problem.

One of the main concerns is medicines on repeat prescriptions. Once medicines have been prescribed and dispensed they cannot be recycled and have to be thrown away – whether they’ve been used or not.

The aim of this campaign is to encourage people not to stockpile medicines and to only order what they need.

Dr Catherine Doyle, GP Prescribing Lead for Warrington said “We do not want patients to stop taking medicines that their doctors have prescribed, but we would like them to check what they have in the cupboards and drawers before ordering repeat prescriptions. Taking a closer look at prescriptions will not only save money but will be better for patients as it will ensure they are getting the best possible treatment”.

In order to raise public awareness, posters and leaflets will be displayed in GP surgeries, pharmacies and other healthcare premises throughout Warrington

Anyone with unwanted medicines can return them to their local pharmacy where they will be disposed of safely.  Unused prescription medicines cost the NHS in Warrington around £1m every year.

This could pay for

  • 200 more hip replacements
  • 205 more heart bypass operations
  • 1300 more cataract operations
  • 30 more community nurses
  • 160 more knee replacements

This drive to reduce waste medicines in Warrington is part of an on-going wider strategy throughout the North West.

If you feel you are stockpiling medicines, if you order via pharmacies or if pharmacies order monthly for you, please notify the surgery so that we can look into this.

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