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NHS St Helens CCG Community Newsletter
Edition 6 - June 2018

ENGAGE is the best way to find out about what's happening in health and social care and what your opportunities are to have your say.
Engagement Opportunities 
Community Talkfest Engagement Event - Friday 6th July

We hope you have received your personal invitation to the Community Talkfest Workshop taking place on Friday 6th of July 11am at Mansion House. 
You can find further details on the invite here.

To book your place to help shape the future of health and social care, email us on  register online here,  phone us on 01744 624 269 or

NHS St Helens CCG Annual General Meeting 2018 (AGM)

Join us on Friday 6th July for our Annual General Meeting to hear about the achievements made and challenges faced by NHS St Helens CCG in 2017/18 and what we are planning for the future.

The afternoon will include some music, poetry readings and afternoon tea.

Please let us know if you are coming and if you have any dietary requirements by emailing us on or calling us on 01744 627 596.

Calling all budding writers! 

Calling all budding writers!
Can you write a fantastic poem about the NHS? Or maybe about our hospitals, services and staff?
If the answer is yes then put pen to paper NOW and you could win a £50 Amazon Voucher and have your poem printed in the St Helens Star
Email your poems (they can be any length) to
Closing date FRIDAY 22nd June 19, 2018
Ps the competition is open to all and there’s even an under 10s category so why not get the kids involved too?

Therapies Service Review

At NHS St Helens Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) we are working in partnership with our service providers in the hospital and community to review the Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, & Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) services provided for the people of St Helens.

We would like to know your views on the current services and how they could be improved.

Your responses to this survey are anonymous and all information captured will be collated and held by NHS St Helens CCG for the purpose of this review only.

If you prefer to complete online please go to

Thanks very much for your interest and participation in this survey.

Campaigns and Information 
Cervical Smear Tests Save Lives

Health professionals in St Helens are urging women to attend for their cervical smear as cervical screening awareness week launches (11-17th June).

Cervical screening uptake in England is at a 19 year low with uptake being particularly low in younger (aged 25-29) and older women (aged 60-64), and with 1 in 4 women not taking up their screening invitation.

Uptake in St Helens is 74%, higher than the North West and England.

Women who are registered with a GP and are aged 25-49 are invited for a cervical smear every 3 years, and women aged 50-64 every 5 years.

Dr Paul Rose, St Helens GP Cancer Lead said, “Cervical screening saves lives; please don’t ignore your screening invitation. A smear test takes just a few minutes and nine out of ten cervical screening results come back normal.”

Sue Forster, Director of Public Health for St Helens Council said, “We know that many women feel uncomfortable about the tests, but being screened regularly means any problems can be found early and, if necessary, treated to stop cancer developing. I would encourage all women who are eligible to take up their smear test invitation and for those who have missed a smear, to contact their GP to arrange an appointment.”

Cervical cancer is often symptomless. However the most common symptoms are:

- Abnormal bleeding during or after sexual intercourse or between periods

- Post menopausal bleeding

- Unusual and/or unpleasant vaginal discharge

- Discomfort or pain during sex

- Lower back pain

For further information please speak to your GP or practice nurse or visit the Jo’s Trust website


CATCH is a free health app for parents and carers of children aged 0-5.

The app provides you with the information necessary to decide when your child needs medical treatment or when self-care is more appropriate.

Trusted advice for new parents

The aim of CATCH is to ease the sense of information overload, particularly regarding pregnancy and children’s health. With the number of resources available, it can be difficult to know who to trust. CATCH provides local NHS-approved information with your best interests at heart, so you won’t need to look elsewhere.

Find out more about how the catch app could help you

Tell us your story
We are always looking at ways of improving healthcare services. A big part of how we can do that is to hear your experiences of health care. All experiences and stories, both positive and negative are good for us to know about and you can share these with us in a number of ways including;
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