April is Bowel Cancer Awareness and Swindon Clinical Commissioning Group is marking the occasion by encouraging people to learn the signs, symptoms and possible early warning signs of the disease. 

The latest edition of News-Bites, the CCG's monthly newsletter, is available to read now. 

People living in Swindon, Wiltshire and Bath and North East Somerset are being urged to get ready for the approaching Easter holidays in order to help demand on health services across the region. 

Many pharmacies across Swindon will be closed or open with reduced hours this Easter. 

People in Swindon most at risk of developing diabetes are being encouraged not to overlook an invitation to a free prevention course that could help put the brakes on the condition before it even begins.

The Department for Education and the Department of Health and Social Care have announced plans for £215 million to be used for the introduction of mental health support teams, which will work between schools and child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) to offer support and treatments, including cognitive behaviour therapy.

The government is investing an extra £20 billion a year in the NHS until 2023 and local people are being given the chance to have their say on how money should be spent on services in Swindon.

Ahead of the UK's expected departure from the European Union in 2019, Swindon CCG has published a list of frequently asked questions to help reassure patients who may be worried about the impact Brexit could have on the medicines they are regularly prescribed. 

Throughout March and April, the NHS is encouraging women to know the facts of cervical cancer and, if they haven't already, to talk to their GP about getting screened for the potentially fatal disease. 

Three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups have appointed a single chief executive to oversee the ongoing improvement and integration of health and care services across the region.