Five clinical commissioning groups* (CCGs) in Staffordshire have come together with Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust (SSOTP) to organise a number of free education sessions for newly-diagnosed or existing patients in the area who have type 2 diabetes.
The ‘My Diabetes’ sessions will help patients to better manage their condition and understand the implications to their lifestyles. It will also include more information about a further educational course, called DESMOND, which offers support in managing their diet, foot care, eye care and much more.
Around £6 million of medicine is returned unused to pharmacies every year across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent
Vast amounts of medicines have to be destroyed because they can’t be used by anyone else.The NHS hasn’t got this money to spare. We need every penny to provide healthcare.
We are asking pharmacies, GP practices and everyone who takes or orders medicines to play their part in making sure that we don’t waste money in this way.
Medicines Matter is a pledge we can all make to reduce this waste.
The number of patients seeking dental advice from GPs is increasing. The treatment of dental problems is not the responsibility of GPs and people should contact their pharmacist for simple mouth ulcers and teething, and a dentist for toothache, gum problems, wisdom teeth and bleeding from the gums. If your dental practice is not open or you cannot get an appointment ring 111 to find your local urgent or emergency dental services. In severe circumstances (severe swelling leading to problems with opening the mouth, swallowing or fever) go to the nearest accident and emergency department. Here's how you and your children can have healthy teeth and keep trips to the dentist to a minimum ...
Could you be experiencing a mental illness?
One in four people will experience mental illness at some point in their lives regardless of their job, income, gender, sexuality or age. It can happen to anyone.
South Staffordshire Network for Mental Health has developed a Toolbox that has helped a number of people to build their own plan dealing with emotions and preventing mental illness.
Local GPs are encouraging people to stay well this festive season by seeking help from their local pharmacy for expert advice and treatment for minor health problems.
Pharmacists are qualified to provide expert advice and prescribe treatment for many winter illnesses such as sore throats and runny noses. With many GP surgeries closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, local pharmacies can provide a valuable service to the public to avoid an unnecessary trip to their local hospital.
The six NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are looking at how to give you easier and more convenient access to services you have at your local family doctor and GP surgery available outside of the usual surgery hours, including over the weekends.
This survey will remain open until Thursday 8 February 2018 and the information gathered will then be reviewed with current and potential providers of these services. Patient representatives will be involved in this work and in developing options for each area of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
The NHS and social care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have launched its 'What's Your Emergency?' winter campaign today, Friday 1 December 2017. For the next six weeks you'll hear from a variety of frontline staff from across the NHS. They'll be giving a combination of advice about different illness and conditions, how you can be prepared for winter, what you can do for others and the services that are on offer.
As the cold weather is setting in across Staffordshire, NHS Leaders are advising local people on how to stay safe and healthy.
With temperatures falling slips and falls become more likely especially during wet, cold and icy conditions.
Here are some helpful tips to stay safe this winter:
November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) awareness month. COPD is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.
- Emphysema – damage to the air sacs in the lungs
- Chronic bronchitis – long-term inflammation of the airways
COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older adults who smoke. The condition can sometimes affect people who have never smoked. Many people don't realise they have it and conditions can gradually worsen over time. There may also be periods when they get suddenly worse, known as a flare-up or exacerbation.