David Rutley, Member of Parliament for Macclesfield, was in attendance at the well supported third annual Poynton Health Forum, in the Civic Centre, to learn more about the wide range of health services available to local residents.

The forum took place on the same day as a flu jab event, being organised by the Priorslegh and McIlvride medical practices, both based in the village. The initiative saw people drop in to get their jabs, before having the opportunity to attend the forum.

The forum included a number of stalls, offering advice and support on a number of issues, to help local residents improve their health and wellbeing. One of the stallholders included “Caring Together”, an initiative in Cheshire East to ensure that people are able to make the most informed choices about the care which they receive, and can access the most effective and joined up care when they need to receive it. This programme is becoming increasingly important, as the issue of better integrating health and social care becomes a greater priority to many, given our ageing population.

Speaking following the forum, David said, “It was encouraging to see the forum so well supported. There are plenty of small ways in which local residents can improve their health and wellbeing, which they are possibly not aware of. So this event was very informative, while the flu jabs are an important preventative measure for keeping healthier as we approach the winter months. I would like to thank all who organised and supported the event.”