Patients with diabetes advised to take extra care in summer holiday heat

Patients with diabetes are being advised to take precautions during hot weather if they are enjoying the sun at home or during the summer holiday overseas.

Many of the favourite holiday hotspots in Europe are currently experiencing a heatwave, with temperatures likely to stay warm in the UK too.

Around six per cent of the population of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent has a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, the most common kind, and the number is growing year-on-year.

Hot weather can affect diabetes control and make blood sugar levels higher than normal.

Just one way to follow NHS commissioners on Twitter in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Social media users now have a new way of finding out about the latest news and information from NHS commissioners across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

A new Twitter account - @StaffsCCGs – will combine news and information from the area’s six clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). Previously the CCGs had separate accounts.

Sue Harper, Chair of the CCG’s Communications and Engagement Committee and Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement with Stafford and Surrounds CCG said: “Last year the six CCGs agreed that we would collaborate more closely in the interests of improving services for our patients.

NHS England consults public about Evidence-Based Interventions

People are being asked for their views about plans to stop offering treatments that are clinically ineffective.   

NHS England is proposing that the following interventions should no longer be routinely commissioned by CCGs because they are ineffective or have been superseded by a safer alternative:

  • Snoring Surgery (in the absence of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea)
  • Dilatation and curettage for heavy menstrual bleeding in women
  • Knee arthroscopy for patients with osteoarthritis
  • Injections for nonspecific low back pain without sciatica

They are also recommending that thirteen other interventions should only be performed in specific circumstances where they have been proved to be clinically effective.

For more information and to respond, please visit:

The deadline for responding is Friday 28 September 2018.

Local GPs encourage patients to ‘look before they flush’

Public Health England (PHE) has launched a new ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign in the West Midlands, to highlight blood in pee as a key symptom of bladder and kidney cancers. The campaign will encourage everyone to ‘look before they flush’ and visit their GP without delay if they notice blood in their pee, even if it’s just once or only a little bit.

A new survey reveals that only 19 per cent of adults aged 50 and over (those most at risk of these cancers) in the West Midlands region say they check the colour of their pee every time they go to the toilet. If people don’t look before they flush, they may not notice blood in their pee.

Don’t let a child’s summer holiday start the wrong way – avoid sunburn during the heatwave

Parents and guardians are being urged to take extra care of vulnerable young skin as the first week of the summer holidays sees the heatwave continue.

Temperatures are expected to peak later this week, and West Midlands Ambulance Service has reported an increased workload due to calls about children suffering sunburn and dehydration.

With youngsters now having more time to run around outdoors there are fears this could increase.

The summer holidays are finally here!

Are you ready for the school summer holiday? Doctors in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are reminding parents to remember their pharmacist when stocking up on summer essentials. 

During the school summer holiday, children will be going out with their friends, socialising and making the most of their freedom. Cuts, bruises, bites, stings and sunburn are all potential incidents, so local NHS advice is to have the essential treatments at hand, just in case. 

NHS staff feel the vibe for colleague with a passion for mental health

NHS staff and friends have raised £2,120 in memory of a colleague with a passionate concern for mental health.

Alex Bennett, who was a nurse and senior commissioning manager with Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups, passed away last year.

Now 38 “riders”, mostly CCG staff, have raised money in her memory that will be donated to North Staffordshire Mind, which promotes and protects good mental health for all.

Staffordshire commissioning staff join national celebration to mark 70th birthday of the NHS

Commissioning staff from across Staffordshire have been celebrating the achievements of the NHS on its 70th birthday. They have been commemorating it with a variety of events across clinical commissioning group (CCG) bases in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

To officially mark the occasion, two national celebration events were held at Westminster Abbey and York Minster with NHS organisations the length and breadth of the country invited to attend.

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