Media Roundup 12th February – 25th February

Cheshire NHS hospitals rack up £2.5m bill for non-urgent A&E trips

Northwich Guardian, 18th February – Non-urgent A&E visits are costing Cheshire’s NHS hospitals hundreds of thousands of pounds.

One in seven emergency visits at Macclesfield Hospital were made by patients with no obvious medical condition in 2019-20 – a total of 7,160 admissions – according to NHS Digital data. Such visits cost East Cheshire NHS Trust a staggering £1.7 million last year, the figures show.

Covid vaccine supply in Cheshire to ‘slow down to let other areas catch up’

Cheshire Live, 19th February – Vaccine supply in Cheshire will be ‘throttled back’ in order ‘to allow other areas’ of the country ‘to catch up’. That’s according to Labour Cheshire East Council leader Sam Corcoran.

Cllr Corcroan made his comments during his leaders’ address section of Wednesday’s (February 17) full council meeting, and via Twitter on Friday morning (February 19).

At the full council meeting, Cllr Corcoran said: “The vaccination programme, organised by NHS Cheshire CCG and local GPs, is going exceptionally well and over 90 per cent of those in the top four priority groups have been vaccinated. Many primary care networks have moved on to vaccinating those over 60. However, because the local vaccination programme has been done so well, it is understandable that the decision has been taken centrally to throttle back the supply of vaccines to Cheshire East. I am assured that the vaccine supply will improve by March.”

Cheshire & Merseyside vaccinate over 500,000 against Covid

Wirral Globe, 11th February – More than half a million people across Merseyside & Cheshire have now received a vaccination jab for Covid-19.

Latest figures from NHS England show that a total of 560,982 jabs had been administered across the two counties by February 7. Of that combined figure, 531,840 were first dose jabs and a further 29,142 were for the second booster jab.

BLOG: Liverpool’s Vaccine Roll-out

Liverpool Express, 18th February – Jan Ledward is the Chief Officer of Liverpool’s Clinical Commissioning Group. She is responsible for improving quality of care and health outcomes for everyone across our city. At the moment, Jan’s main focus is on delivering a speedy roll-out of the vaccination programme. Here she explains how it’s going.