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10/03/2017

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Singing Therapy Hits the Right Note

Before I retired, I worked as a mental health nurse teacher with a special interest in older people. I taught in the classroom and in care settings.

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03/03/2017

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No Smoking Day 2017

Michael Walsh, Community Pharmacist at Walsh’s Pharmacy, Warrenpoint

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27/02/2017

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Treat Yourself And Save Vital Health Service Money

Most minor conditions and self-limiting illnesses can be treated by medicines that can be bought relatively cheaply over the counter from your local community pharmacy or supermarket.

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23/02/2017

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I believed in myself

All this week, the media has been giving special coverage on the experiences of disabled people in the workforce and as consumers. One interviewee said employers were “missing a trick” because people with a learning disability or disability are resilient, flexible and good at problem-solving because they have had to be. Hear what Gerard from the PCC has to say on this.

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17/02/2017

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Health Minister’s Plan to Cut Waiting Times

Last week, Health Minister Michelle O’Neill published a document that describes the plan to transform the delivery of elective care services across Northern Ireland.

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10/02/2017

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Shaping the Future of Emergency Care

We all want a high-quality health service that keeps on getting better. We all want a more equal society where health inequalities are reduced. We all want the NHS to be there for us in an emergency.

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02/02/2017

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Join Forces In The Fight Against Cancer

Tomorrow is World Cancer Day. It is a day when millions of people across the globe unite in the fight to combat the disease and raise vital funds for life-saving research. It is also a time when many people - like me - will reflect on the loss of a loved one to this disease.

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27/01/2017

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Funding For Specialist Drugs

New drugs are being developed all the time. The healthcare that we receive today has been transformed by these medications, with people living full lives with what were once debilitating and life-limiting conditions. What were once considered radical, pioneering treatments are now very much part of routine use.

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20/01/2017

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We Need Your Help To Shape Adult Services

Improvements in health, diet and preventative care means that people in Northern Ireland are living longer. This is good news. However, the care and support services that are intended to help people to live an independent, healthy, active and inclusive lifestyle need to be reformed in order to meet the future needs of an increasing ageing population.

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13/01/2017

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#STILLME

It is estimated there are 19,000 people living with dementia in the north of Ireland, but only some 13,000 have received a formal diagnosis. Looking ahead it’s expected that by 2051 there will be around 60,000 people with dementia.

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30/12/2016

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It'll be lonely this Christmas (and next year)

Is loneliness an epidemic for our times?

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23/12/2016

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Look After Yourself This Christmas

It is always reassuring to know that help is at hand should you need health and social care services during the festive season – whether it’s because you feel flu-like symptoms coming on or are experiencing a medical emergency.

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16/12/2016

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Home Treatment During a Mental Health Crisis

I work in the Personal and Public Involvement Team coordinating the fieldwork for some of the Patient and Client Council’s projects. This year, one of my tasks was to find out what people think about the Mental Health Home Treatment Service.

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09/12/2016

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Healthcare services must keep up with how we manage the rest of our lives

The pace of change in how we live our lives has never been greater. Smartphones, as we now know them, only came on the market around the time the Patient and Client Council was established in 2009. Today, seven out of 10 of us now own one.

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07/12/2016

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Further dates announced for public consultation meetings

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced a series of further public meetings to be held in January 2017 on the proposed criteria to be used to reconfigure, change and improve our health service.

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01/12/2016

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Patients Need Better Information About Waiting Times

My job in the Patient and Client Council is to run our Complaints Support Service for people who want to make a complaint or raise a concern about health and social care services. Anyone can call our free helpline on 0800 917 0222 and talk to one of our team of six officers.

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30/11/2016

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Health Minister announces public consultation meetings

Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has announced a series of public meetings on the proposed criteria to be used to reconfigure, change and improve our health service.

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30/11/2016

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Patients complaints over long waiting times

Nearly 2,600 people contacted the Patient and Client Council’s Complaints Support Service last year. Of that number, 907 people used the service to make a formal complaint about their experience.

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