County Hospital CEC Update

University Hospitals of North Midlands will be presenting the summary report and key recommendations from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s (RCPCH) report into Children’s Emergency Services at County Hospital. This will be presented at the public Board meeting alongside the proposed action plan on Monday 03 April at 1pm at  2017 at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

In the meantime, UHNM continues to ask the public to use the Minor Injuries Unit for under-16s at County Hospital appropriately. The Unit should only be used for head injuries, limb injuries, wounds, sprains, bruises, fractures. Parents of children who are severely unwell/injured should call 999.

Find out more by visting the UHNM website.

GP online services

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GP online services allow you to access a range of services via your computer or mobile device. Once you have signed up to the service, you will be able to:

  • book or cancel appointments online with a GP or nurse
  • renew or order repeat prescriptions online
  • view parts of your GP health record, including information about medication, allergies, vaccinations, previous illnesses and test results

The service is free. Everyone who is registered with a GP can have access to their practice's online services. It is quick and easy to use, anywhere and at anytime. It is secure and only available to patients who signed up for it and received their log-in details.

If you want to register for GP online services you will need to fill out a form at the surgery and show two forms of ID one of which should have a photo (such as a UK passport or driving licence) and the other should have your address (such as a council tax bill). If you don’t have photo ID or anything with your address on it, it doesn’t mean you will not be able to use online services, our practice staff may be able to help.

To register for GP online services, drop in and ask your GP practice, or to find out more visit the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk/GPonlineservices

If you are not yet registered with a GP practice see our information about how to register with a GP practice.

STP Transformational Goals

Dr Bill Gowans, Medical Director for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent STP

“The vision for the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) is one of helping people to stay well, and to receive the majority of the care they need closer to home. This involves looking at how we can get the right services out into the community and help people live healthier lives. If we can get that right, then a trip to A&E should go back to being for accidents and emergencies only, rather than what it has slowly become, which is the default option for urgent care.

Let's Work Together training modules

Let’s work together (LWT) is a series of training modules open to everyone in South Staffordshire. The modules help increase awareness of the potential risks and problems faced by people in South Staffordshire and how to spot them. It also helps to identify ways to prevent or reduce the problems and how the appropriate actions can make the most of life and to help others.

Healthwatch Staffordshire Needs Ambassadors

Every health and care system in England has produced a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) showing how local services will become sustainable by 2020/21. The plans set out how health outcomes will be improved, how care and quality will be improved and how the health and care systems can be made financially sustainable. Local health and care systems came together in January 2016 to form 44 STP geographic 'footprints'. Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent were formed as one of these footprints and have worked together to produce the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

Health commissioners sign pledge to promote staff mental health

Health commissioners across Stafford and Cannock have taken positive steps to increase awareness of mental health issues in the workplace by signing up to the national Mindful Employer initiative.

Stafford and Surrounds and Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have signed the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health, a formal declaration of the CCGs' commitment to the wellbeing of their staff.

The charter is one element of the voluntary Mindful Employer initiative, which is aimed at increasing awareness of mental health in the workplace and supporting businesses in recruiting and retaining staff.

Be Clear on Cancer - Abdominal Symptoms

There are a number of possible warning signs of cancer. For example, many people know that a lump in the breast could be a symptom of
cancer. But there are other warning signs too, including tummy troubles.

Persistent tummy troubles that can be possible signs of cancer include:

• Diarrhoea
• Being bloated most days
• Discomfort in the tummy area
• Constipation
• Nausea/feeling sick
• Blood in your poo

‘There’s no place like home’ for a quicker recovery and to ease the pressure on local hospital services

Senior clinicians across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent are appealing for families to help reduce the pressure on struggling services by supporting patients to return home from hospital as soon as they are ready.

Patients staying longer than necessary in hospital have added to the strain on A&E departments, which are already experiencing increased demand. This has caused even longer delays for patients who arrive requiring a bed.

Doctors are advising families and carers that going home once medically fit to do so has also proven to be better for the patient.

South Staffordshire service helping older people to stay healthy and independent

A pioneering health and information service launched across South Staffordshire is making great strides in supporting older people to stay healthy, safe and independent in their own home.

The Care Navigation Service is delivered by Age UK South Staffordshire and South Staffordshire Community and Voluntary Action (CVA).
It is a free service helping community health teams to increase the levels of access to information and support that people who are undergoing challenges in their lives can get in the local community.

The partnership programme is commissioned by Cannock Chase, Stafford and Surrounds and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Groups.

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