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  • A Celebration Of HART

    On Wednesday 29 May, Rochdale Health Alliance hosted a celebration of HART (Homeless Alliance Response Team) event at Rochdale Town Hall. HART was formed in April 2017 in order to provide a voluntary primary healthcare service for the homeless and transient of the borough in collaboration with the Soup Kitchen at Champness Hall, Rochdale. Rochdale has a rich history of collaborative working after all, it’s where the co-operative consumer societies were started by the  Rochdale Pioneers in 1844. The purpose of the Celebration of HART event was to celebrate the years of collaborative working between HART and its partner agencies within Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. There was an overview of the magnificent Town Hall’s history followed by The Mayor of Rochdale, who opened the event. Dr Mo Jiva gave an update on the current HART Service and how it has progressed from a voluntary offer based in a local Soup Kitchen over the years. There were over forty-five delegates in attendance including housing support projects, voluntary sector, secondary care colleagues, drug and alcohol services and drop-in centres. A number of attendees spoke about their service offering, and how they work closely with HART to reduce health inequalities across the borough. Both Elaine and Rachel, the HART nurses, spoke and said how valuable our partners are to the HART service and how working together achieves positive outcomes. The service users who attended talked about their experience of engaging with the HART service and how it has helped them to improve their lives. Attendees were asked to complete a pledge card to HART describing how they intend to continue committing their support to the service and these included: ·       Refer patients and collaborative working. ·       Maintaining a safe space to see patients. ·       Sharing and encouraging joint working across the borough to support people experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping. ·       Promoting and encouraging residents to meet their health needs. Rochdale Health Alliance and the HART team would like to extend their thanks to the Mayor of Rochdale and all the representatives from our partner agencies for attending the event and continuing to support the HART service.

  • Myth Busting: Pharmacy Services

    Welcome to the inaugural edition of our "Did You Know & Myth Busting" editorial articles, where we uncover the hidden gems and dispel common misconceptions in the world of healthcare. Today, we delve into the realm of pharmacy services, shedding light on the plethora of offerings beyond the conventional supply of medicines and prescriptions. Jack and Phoebe journeyed to The Strand pharmacy in Kirkholt, Rochdale, to meet with pharmacist and co-owner Sadhna Sanghvi on April 18th. Pharmacies are often synonymous with medication supply, ensuring patients receive their prescriptions promptly and accurately. However, they are also bastions of health education and support. At The Strand pharmacy, patients benefit from a variety of supplementary services aimed at enhancing their well-being. One such service is the New Medication Service, a personalised program where pharmacists educate patients on new medications, such as inhalers, ensuring they understand proper usage and offering follow-up check-ups to monitor efficacy. This service acts as a gateway to other healthcare avenues, including smoking cessation programs and living well initiatives. Moreover, pharmacies offer a Minor Ailments Service, providing swift resolution for common maladies at no cost to eligible patients. From asthma checks to emergency contraception, your local pharmacy is a one-stop destination for various healthcare needs, just make sure and clarity your local pharmacy offers these services. But the offerings don't stop there. Pharmacies boasts an array of services, including electronic prescription management, monitored dosage systems, and private consultations. Additionally, they participate in the Pharmacy First Service, tackling seven common conditions without the need for a GP appointment, streamlining healthcare access and alleviating strain on primary care providers. Yet, misconceptions abound. Some patients can expect to walk in and be sorted straight away when obtaining prescriptions, unaware of the behind-the-scenes processes. From doctor's signing a prescription to dispensing and pharmacist verification, the journey may entail a brief wait, particularly during peak times. However, patience yields rewards, ensuring optimal care and medication safety. It is extremely important to note that not every pharmacy offers all of these services - please check with your local nominated pharmacy first! At Rochdale Health Alliance (RHA), we are committed to serving the healthcare needs of our community in HMR. Through informative initiatives like this series, we aim to empower individuals with knowledge and promote informed healthcare decisions. As we embark on this journey together, we invite you, our readers, to share your thoughts and suggest topics you'd like us to explore further. Stay tuned for more myth-busting adventures and uncover the hidden truths of healthcare with RHA. What would you like to learn more about next? Share your ideas in the comments below! 👨‍⚕️ Going The #ExtraMile Rochdale Health Alliance - NHS Backed and Trusted. #NHS #RochdaleHealthAlliance #PrimaryCareAcademy #Healthcare #Employability #HealthcareRecruitment

  • Join Us for WellFest 2024: A Day of Wellness for Our NHS Heroes

    Calling all staff who work in GP practices and are part of our amazing RHA family! Mark your calendars for the 13th of June, 2024, as Rochdale Health Alliance proudly presents WellFest - a unique event designed exclusively for you, the dedicated heroes of the healthcare community. The inception of WellFest stemmed from a poignant realisation. A survey conducted among NHS staff revealed distressingly negative sentiments, prompting the PCA team to take action. Recognising the paramount importance of mental health and well-being among healthcare professionals, they conceived WellFest—a day dedicated to equipping staff with techniques and tools to enhance their overall well-being. What is WellFest? WellFest is more than just an event; it's a testament to our unwavering commitment to the health and happiness of our NHS family. With a plethora of stalls and activities curated to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul, WellFest promises to be a day of empowerment and relaxation. Stalls and Activities Prepare to be spoiled for choice as you explore our array of stalls, each dedicated to promoting holistic well-being. From the camaraderie of Andy's Man Club to the mindfulness of Mind, and the comprehensive support of Living Well and HMR Talking Therapy, you'll find resources and guidance to support every aspect of your well-being. But that's not all—immerse yourself in a variety of rejuvenating activities designed to invigorate your senses and soothe your spirit. Dance your cares away with Zumba and Bollywood dancing, discover your inner acrobat with circus skills, unleash your creativity with art therapy, and find inner peace through pilates, sound baths, and mindfulness sessions. Plus, indulge in some well-deserved pampering with massages, beauty tips, and even beard grooming courtesy of the local college. A Tribute to Our NHS Heroes At Rochdale Health Alliance, we deeply value and appreciate the incredible dedication and sacrifice of our NHS staff. WellFest is our way of expressing gratitude and solidarity with the amazing heroes who selflessly serve our community day in and day out. Your well-being is our priority, and WellFest is just one small gesture of our enduring support and admiration. Stay Tuned for More Information Keep an eye out for further updates and details about WellFest 2024. We can't wait to welcome you to this celebration of wellness and unity. Together, let's nurture our minds, bodies, and spirits as we continue to care for others with compassion and resilience. See you at WellFest! 🫶 Creating Better #ForYou Rochdale Health Alliance - NHS Backed and Trusted. #NHS #RochdaleHealthAlliance #PrimaryCareAcademy #Healthcare #Employability #HealthcareRecruitment

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