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The people in charge of planning and buying NHS healthcare services for Medway are due to meet on Wednesday 24 July, 1.30pm at Fifty Pembroke Court, Chatham, ME4 4EL.

Local people are invited to observe the monthly governing body meeting, to find out about decisions being made on NHS healthcare services in the NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area.

There will be an opportunity for people to ask questions at the end of the meeting. Anyone who would like to submit questions in advance is encouraged to contact the CCG executive support team by email: sharon.davies6@nhs.net or by calling 01634 335177.

For further information, and to view the agenda and meeting papers (published on Friday 19 July), visit the CCG website: http://www.medwayccg.nhs.uk.

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You could save a life by simply checking a pulse. That’s the message from NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as it launches the PACT campaign to encourage people to check their pulse once a year. As well as checking your own pulse, think about checking that of loved ones as well, says GP Dr Peter Green, NHS Medway CCG’s Chief Clinical Officer. A good tip is to pick a month – perhaps the month before a birthday – and check it every year during that month. By checking your pulse you may be able to pick up heart rhythm disorders that can cause strokes. More

A super slimmer is proving to be a winner at the losing game after shedding 4st and simonbeforebeing named Hoo St Werburgh’s Slimming World ‘Greatest Loser’, with the emphasis well and truly on Greatest!

In June 2012, the 42year-old weighed 17st 2lb and his size was affecting every aspect of his daily life. Since joining his local Slimming World group in Hoo St Werburgh Simon Carter is 4st lighter. Not only has he won the best prize of all – a fitter, healthier, happier future altogether – he’s also won the 5.30pm group’s Greatest Loser 2013 prize for the member who’s lost the most weight – and all in just 8 months.

Simon says: “I feel like a new man since losing weight – in fact, I look so different that people I haven’t seen for a while say they don’t recognise me! I feel happier and healthier, I’ve got more energy and I’m much more confident now too. More

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