September Newsletter 2016

September 2016

St Helens & District Group

Welcome to the first of our new programme of meetings. We hope you all had an enjoyable summer. We are delighted to welcome tonight`sspeaker, Nicola Cartwright, who has not spoken at one of our meetingsbefore. Nicola is the Acting Deputy Head of Medicines Management in St Helens CCG. We are doubly fortunate tonight, as we are also joinedby Bertha Brown who is Chair of the Local Pharmaceutical Committee, Bertha will talk to us about Community Pharmacies and patients withdiabetes, and Nicola will talk about the Meds Mgmt Team Pharmacists that are present in all GP surgeries, how decisions are made about the drugs/devices we use and the guidelines used for meters and strips.

Good news!!!! Over the last 6 yrs Sainsbury`s Stores have been partnering local Charities to make a positive difference to the local community, by raising money and raising awareness for local charities like ours. Apparently one of the employees of the Sainsbury`s Millfields` Local Store in St Helens, nominated our Group of DUK to be their Local Charity of the year. I`m delighted to bring you the news, that we actually won! I contacted as many people as I could, and many thanks to all of you who voted for us, unfortunately I could only contact people whose email addresses I have. If you would like to make sure we have your details, please add them to the list at the front.

New Programme Cards and posters for 2016/17  Please help us to publicise our Group by distributing some of them for us. It would be very helpful if you could take some and ask your local GP / Practice Nurse / Pharmacist / Optician / Post Office / Sports Centre / Library etc to display them for other patients to see. Thank you!

Diabetes UK Careline has been renamed “Diabetes UK Helpline” it still provides info and advice on all aspects of living with diabetes. Call 0345 123 2399 from 9am - 7pm, Mon – Fri, or email  or visit

This year`s Diabetes UK Big Collection, is Fri 16th & Sat 17th Sept, from 10am – 6pm.   Our nearest participating store is the Tesco Widnes Extra Store, which is on Lugsdale Rd,Widnes, WA8,7YT.  The very successful partnership between Tesco, DUK and the British Heart Foundation has so far raised over £10million.  This money will support millions of people, encouraging them to eat better and get active, thus helping them to reduce their risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease. The money will also fund the ongoing research of both DUK and BHF. The vital funds raised through this partnership will help people lead healthier, longer and more active lives.  If you can spare a couple of hours (or even one!) to help collect, and raise awareness of diabetes and DUK, please sign up, by visiting,uk/fundraising   Or phone 01925 653 281.  The Team Leader for the Widnes Tesco is Anthony Norton, if you want to contact him, his email is   So sign up and help us out! It`s actually good fun, especially wearing the blue hair!!

Have you been recently diagnosed with Type2 Diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance?   If so, you may be interested in attending a 2 hour educational talk, given by The Community Dietetics Team in St Helens. If you are interested, ask your GP or Practice Nurse to refer you to their service. For further details take one of the posters from the front.

If you live in Knowsley or have a Knowsley GP, the Community Health Development Team can support you to make changes that will improve your physical and mental wellbeing. They can help with weight management groups, physical activity and resilience courses, to help you increase your confidence and self-esteem. They also do healthy cookery courses, and can offer group or 1-1 sessions to help you improve your lifestyle. For more information phone 0800 0731 202 or email

Knowsley Community Diabetes Service has a new Facebook Page.  It’s a page to share information and educate people on Diabetes. You can find them and “Like” them on “Knowsley Community Diabetes Service”

Do you know anyone who may be concerned about their risk of developingType 2 diabetes? 7 million adults in the UK are at high risk of developing Type 2. Anyone can check their risk, simply by going to and answering 7 simple questions, it should only take a few mins. If they are concernedand want to talk to someone about diabetes they can contact Diabetes UK`s Helpline by emailing: or phoning 0345 123 2399, between the hours of 9am – 7pm, Monday – Friday.

St Helens CCG Financial Recovery Consultation, we all know that the NHS is going through a period of financial pressure as it tries to care for a population which is living longer and requires an increased level of support from health services. St Helens CCG has now commenced its public consultation on key elements of its recovery plan. In the light of feedback received to date, it is clear that one of the options, pausing non-urgent referrals, was not supported. The CCG is still asking for views on the 3 remaining options, which are: Minor Ailments/Over the counter medicines, Gluten Free Products and Specialist Fertility Services. If you would like to take part in the consultation survey online please go to:

Or if you prefer to take part using a paper copy, please contact Paul Steele on 01744 624 269. 

As part of the Consultation, the CCG are also holding 2 Public Events, they are on:-

Thurs 22nd Sept, 9am – 12pm in St Helens Parish Church,

and Tues 27th Sept, 9am – 12pm, in St Helens Town Hall.

To register for either of these events, Google “Eventbright, St Helens CCG”, or you can email or phone Paul Steele on the number above.

Details of our next meeting :

Date . . . . . . .      Wednesday 5 th October 2016, 7.30pm

Subject . . . . .     The Effects of Exercise & Inactivity on Diabetes

Speaker . . . . .     Dr Dan Cuthbertson, Lecturer & Consultant Physician, University of Liverpool & University Hospital Aintree