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Make a May Day pledge and make a date to donate in the High Peak this May

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

As May starts it brings with it the promise of warmer weather and very welcome public holidays. NHS Blood and Transplant is reminding people in the High Peak to think about those less fortunate than themselves and make a date to donate.

Hospitals across England and North Wales need more than 6,000 blood donations every day to treat patients. While many people think that blood is used mainly for accidents and emergencies, donated blood is vital for a wide variety of life-saving procedures. A blood transfusion can help to save the life of a new mother or it could be used to treat blood disorders, such as sickle cell anaemia and Thalassaemia.

Amanda Eccles, Senior Marketing Coordinator at NHS Blood and Transplant said:

“As the weather gets better we understand that people would like to spend time enjoying it with their loved ones but please don’t forget about those patients who rely on blood donors to save their lives or keep them well, so they can enjoy the good weather too.

“It is always an important time to give blood, but stocks can be more vulnerable around public holidays.  We would like to encourage both new and existing donors in High Peak to take the time to donate blood this May.

“We can promise them a warm welcome and the satisfaction of knowing that their life-saving donation will be used to help people.

“Giving blood should take less than an hour from arriving at your appointment time to completing your donation. So make the time to give blood, you never know whose life you could save.”

Every blood donation is vital, but NHS Blood and Transplant particularly needs to ensure supplies of the universal blood group O Rh Negative which is often in short supply as demand is so great. We also need to ensure supplies of the rarer blood groups A Rh Negative, B Rh Negative and AB Rh Negative as these are also vulnerable to shortfall.

In general, as long as you are fit and healthy, weigh over 7 stone 12 lbs (50kg) and are aged between 17 and 66 (up to 70 if you have given blood before) you should be able to give blood. If you are over 70, you need to have given blood in the last two years to continue donating.

To book an appointment to donate visit or call 0300 123 23 23 to find your nearest session.

It is also easy to book through mobile apps for Windows, Android and Apple devices. To download the app, search ‘NHSGiveBlood’ in the app store.

Glossop first to use digital NHS system

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Patients in Glossop are to be amongst the first people in the country to experience the new digital NHS prescription system.

The NHS Electronic Prescription System allow NHS patients to order prescriptions, arrange delivery and set email reminders for no extra cost. The online mail order prescription service will be provided by Pharmacy2U.

It is set to be introduced nationally from 2015, but first will be trailed in limited areas, including Glossop.

The announcement comes after a survey, commissioned by Pharmacy2U, revealed that 68% of those asked in the North West, would be interested in using the new service if it were available.

Speaking about the news, Director of Pharmacy at Pharmacy2u Julian Harrison said: “We are delighted to launch our free NHS service to patients in Glossop. It provides a useful option for those patients for whom the traditional high street pharmacy is not a convenient choice – for example, the elderly and housebound, people working long hours and busy commuters.”

For more information on the service visit the Pharmacy2U website or call 0845 803 9033.


New independent body for Derbyshire health concerns

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Derbyshire residents with any concerns about their health care are being reminded that there is a new group for them to contact.

Since the 1st April, Healthwatch Derbyshire is the place to direct any comments on local health services you may have. Described as “the new independent consumer champion” which will provide Derbyshire with a “strong, independent and collective voice” the new body are interested in the views of all residents on Derbyshire residents on the health facilities in their area.

Healthwatch says that any information they recieve is passed onto those in charge of delivering services.

You can contact them using the following details: 01773 880786, and


“It’s all in Ukrainian” – New warning over health messages on illegal tobacco

Monday, February 14th, 2011

“курiння призводить до серцево-судинних захворювань та раку легенiв” – that’s the only health warning some Tameside and Glossop youngsters are likely to see on cigarette packets thanks to illegal imports on the streets in the region.

Tobacco barons in Russia and China are helping recruit a new generation of  smokers through mass manufactured imports and hand rolled tobacco with either no health warnings at all, or written in Ukrainian, Russian, Chinese or Danish.

In the last six months more than 17 million cigarettes and nearly 2,000kg of other tobacco products – including hand rolled tobacco – have been seized by police, HMRC and trading standards in the North West alone. Trading Standards say brands like Jin Ling, which is manufactured exclusively to be smuggled, and hand rolled tobacco and are now what they most often find in raids on local ‘fag’ or ‘tab’ houses, pubs or shops.

Many of these brands are mass-manufactured in overseas factories purely for the black market. But they lack the shocking graphic warnings that smoking causes lung cancer, mouth cancer and a raft of other horrific diseases that have helped motivate many smokers to quit and stop young people from starting to smoke.

As the ‘’Get Some Answers’’ advertising campaign launches again across the region, residents are being urged to phone Crimestoppers in complete anonymity on 0800 555111 if illegal tobacco is being sold near them.

Deputy Director of Public Health for NHS Tameside and Glossop Elaine Michel says “Tobacco sales in this country are now tightly regulated so people do at least receive a full warning about the health risks they are exposing themselves to. None of this applies to illegal tobacco, so the danger for young people taking up the habit is even greater.  If you  buy illegal tobacco you are funding this deadly trade, and increasing the risks for young people across Tameside and Glossop.”

Andrea Crossfield, Director of Smokefree North West, which helped set up the North of England Tackling Illicit Tobacco for Better Health Programme to bring together the NHS, local authorities, HM Revenue and Customs and police to tackle the problem, said: “The graphic health warnings on tobacco have shown how horrific and disfiguring many smoking-related diseases like lung cancer and mouth cancer are. All tobacco is deadly, with half of long term users dying of a smoking related disease, so it’s a real worry that a teenager in Tameside and Glossop can buy a packet of illegal cigarettes and get no health warning at all.”

“The sellers have no morals. They will even sell single cigarettes to children, and every parent should be concerned if illegal tobacco traders are operating in their area.”

Peter Astley, of Trading Standards North West, said: “If tobacco’s on sale very cheap it’s illegal, and this isn’t a victimless crime. Buyers might think they’re getting a bargain but it’s not a good deal because it’s an evil trade with links to a lot of other criminal activity such as other forms of counterfeiting, drug dealing and even people trafficking. I’d urge people to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if they know about illegal tobacco trading in their area.”

“When we seize illegal tobacco, it is often hand rolled tobacco or brands like Jin Ling which are mass manufactured purely for the illegal market.”

HM Revenue and Customs estimate that around 11% of cigarettes and 49%t of hand rolled tobacco is now illegal.

The “Get Some Answers” campaign has brought together Smokefree North West, police, trading standards officers, HMRC and front line health professionals committed to tackling smoking.

A major survey across the North of England found that:

·         9 out of 10 people think illegal tobacco is a danger to children
·         6 out of 10 said it brought crime into local communities
·         62 percent of those who bought illegal tobacco said it enabled them to smoke when they couldn’t otherwise afford to.

Anyone with information about people dealing in illegal tobacco can pass it on completely anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or at

For people who are smokers and who want to give up, NHS Tameside and Glossop’s Smokefree Team are always at hand. If you want to quit, give them a call on 0161 366 2000.

For more information please contact:

Vicky Mills
Communications Manager for Smokefree North West
Tel: 0161 238 6385
Mobile: 07825 309760


Ben Granger
Communications Officer – NHS Tameside and Glossop
0161 304 5800

Health MOT’s planned for glossopdale men

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Glossopdale men eager to stay in tip-top condition or adopt a healthier lifestyle have been urged to sign up for a special MOT on Monday, February 28.

The invitation was extended this week by High Peak Borough Council, which has joined forces with DC Leisure and NHS Tameside and Glossop to offer a quick health check to males who want to make sure their body is still road worthy.

A drop-in session running at Glossop Leisure Centre from 6pm to 8pm will allow men of all ages to come and have their blood pressure checked and their risk of cardio-vascular disease assessed.

Visitors will then be advised on issues including weight management and healthy living – including regular exercise and adopting a balanced diet.

Blood pressure aside, the MOT will measure waist and body mass index plus dietary, smoking and drinking habits. Exercise and stress levels will also be taken into account.

Jean Wharmby, Executive Councillor for Social and Community Development, said: “The aim of the MOT isn’t to worry men or pry into their lifestyles but to give clients any support they might need to lead healthy, happy lives.

“For many males, the MOT will simply put their minds at rest. However, where health issues or risks are identified, practical help will be offered to get clients feeling fit and well”, she explained.

The MOT follows two consultations planned by the partners on Monday and Tuesday week (February 14 and 15) for Glossop’s male taxi drivers. The event will give drivers a chance to have their health assessed and to say how they would like to access services to make them healthier.

Both initiatives support the national Change4Life programme plus the NHS Health Check and Midlife schemes.

Important health information for the local communities.

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Two new health campaigns are being launched in the local area, details are as follows…

The first is a long term campaign, “Choose Well”. This campaign is intended to get people to use the NHS service most appropriate to them. Each year millions are wasted on unnecessary visits to A&E, while many visits to GPs could also more efficiently be seen to elsewhere, such as in pharmacies.
Find out more about this campaign here.

The second is much more short term, the Expert Patient Programme which helps people with long term conditions. We are still looking for people with conditions like severe asthma, bronchitis, multiple sclerosis etc, to make use of this valuable course. The Tameside course starts next week on February 2nd, and one in Glossop later in the month.
Find out more about this campaign here.