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Poynton Health Forum

A Health Forum, recently held in the Civic Hall Poynton, was attended by several hundred people. The event, organised by patients and staff of Priorslegh and McIlvride medical practices and the Local Authority offered advice and support on health and fitness issues.

Over twenty five organisations were represented, including Open Hands, Action On Hearing Loss, St Paul's Baby and Toddler Group, MacMillan Nurses, Age UK, Arthritis Research and Poynton Midwives.

Advice was also available on reflexology, Parent support, Nordic walking, chiropody, physiotherapy, visual impairment and hypnopsychotherapy.

Doctors and members of staff of the two Poynton practices and the Local Authority attended as did town councillors and the local MP, David Rutley, who said

" Poynton's Health Forum was well attended again this year. It was good to see so many residents take the opportunity to learn about the wide range of health services which are available locally. I would like to thank all those who made the event possible and the local GP surgeries who provided hundreds of flu vaccinations on the day."

The Mayor of Poynton, Ms Rebecca Horsman spent the morning at the event and was impressed by what she saw and heard.

"This year's Health Forum clearly built on the success of last year's inaugural event." she said. "There was a real buzz about the place as many of our residents received expert advice on many diverse areas relating to their health and wellbeing. The organisers and professional representatives are to be congratulated on a job well done, that I am sure has been of real benefit to our community."

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