Group B Strep Support (GBSS) Awareness Month (July)

The annual campaign is led by Group B Strep Support, a UK charity which aims to eradicate group B Strep infections in babies.

Throughout the month they bring people together to raise awareness and highlight the importance of education and research in this field.

Why is Group B Strep Awareness Month important?

GBS is a leading cause of meningitis and sepsis in newborn babies.

There were estimated to be nearly 400,000 cases of GBS disease in babies worldwide in 2020.

Around 1 in 4 were estimated to have died and around 1 in 8 survivors were estimated to have been left with a significant impairment like seizures, problems with movement or learning difficulties.

Many expectant parents may not know about the bacteria or the potential impact it could have on their baby.

Group B Strep Awareness Month aims to save lives by reaching as many new parents as possible, making them aware so they can speak to their healthcare professional about protecting their baby.


Group B Strep Awareness Month 2024 - Group B Strep Support (

Published on 10th Jul 2024

Hyperpigmentation/Melasma Awareness Month (July)

This month is 'Hyperpigmentation/Melasma Awareness'.
Melasma, also called ‘chloasma’ and ‘pregnancy mask’, is a common skin condition of adults in which brown or greyish patches of pigmentation (colour) develop, usually on the face.
Melasma usually becomes more noticeable in the summer and improves during the winter months. It is not an infection; therefore, it is not contagious, and it is not due to an allergy. It is not cancerous and will not develop into skin cancer.
If you’re concerned about what you think could be melasma, you should seek advice from your GP and your registered practice.

Published on 10th Jul 2024

Lung MOTs available in Reddish, Brinnington, Woodley and Bredbury

Smokers and former smokers aged 55-74 years based at doctors’ surgeries in parts of in Reddish, Brinnington, Woodley or Bredbury will be invited for a lung health check later this summer.

The quick, free checks can help find lung cancer at an early stage – before you might have any symptoms - when it is much more treatable and help save lives.

Most visitors to the lung health checks will get reassurance that everything is OK or be referred to get help to stop smoking.

The will checks are available to smokers and former smokers aged 55-75 based at the following GP practices:

Reddish Family Practice

Woodley Village Surgery

Heaton Norris Medical Practice

Park View Group Practice

Alvanley Family Practice

Brinnington Surgery

Bredbury Medical Centre

Vernon Park Surgery

The mobile clinic will be based at: Morrisons, Stockport Road West, Bredbury, Stockport SK6 2BN.

Patients who are invited for a lung health check will firstly talk to specialist nurse where they will answer some health and lifestyle questions which will determine whether they are ‘high’ or ‘low’ risk.

If deemed high risk, they will be offered a low-dose computed tomography (CT) scan of their lungs for further investigation on the same day and be enrolled into the programme.

Dr Monica Saksena Joye, GP Principal, Reddish Family Practices, said: “Lung Health Checks help the NHS to spot any lung cancer symptoms earlier, when it is much more treatable.

“If you’re registered with a doctor mentioned on the list from the Reddish, Brinnington or Bredbury areas, are a smoker or used to smoke, you’ll be sent an invite through the post or via text message.”

Karen McEwan, Clinical Lead for Cancer in Stockport, said: “Please do come along for your appointment. You’ll have a chat with a nurse and fill out a questionnaire to look at your risk. About half of the people who visit may also need a low-dose scan which we will also do on the truck.

“It will most likely offer you some reassurance. But it could save your life!

The Lung Health checks in Reddish, Brinnington, Woodley or Bredbury are the latest phase of the Greater Manchester Targeted Lung Health Check Programme – a drive to help improve earlier diagnosis of lung cancer and save more lives. The programme is jointly organised by the Greater Manchester Cancer Alliance and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. There are plans to expand the programme further in the coming months and years to ensure that all eligible participants are invited.

So far more than 500 patients have been diagnosed with lung cancer as a result of the Lung Health Checks in Greater Manchester, however, almost 80% of these patients were diagnosed at stage 1 or 2 meaning they were more likely to be eligible for curative treatment.

People diagnosed with lung cancer at the earliest stage are nearly 20 times more likely to survive for five years than those whose cancer is caught late.

Patients will be contacted by letter or via text message. 

For more information on the Targeted Lung Health Check programme please visit

If you have received your invitation but missed your appointment, please call 0161 529 0900 to rebook.

If you have concerning symptoms you should speak to your GP who will be able to refer you for tests if needed. You can read about symptoms of lung cancer here:

Published on 2nd Jul 2024