General Practice Extended Access Update

The six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will seek to commission extended access services directly from general practice on the basis that the services are list-based primary medical care that cannot be delivered by any other providers.

Formal proposals for delivery the services will be invited from general practice and it is anticipated that these will come from groups of practices working together at scale as localities or Federations although there will be no mandatory requirement for any GP to deliver the services. Proposals will then be assessed by a non-conflicted panel ahead of making any contract award decisions. The extended access contract(s) will not impact on existing GMS, PMS or APMS contracts and their requirements, currently in place.

Dying Matters to us: what about you?

Talking openly about death and dying

In the run up to Dying Matters Awareness Week 2018, Staffordshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, alongside Together We're Better, have launched a campaign to encourage people to speak openly and honestly about death and dying and ensure their final wishes are known.

‘Dying Matters, Staffordshire’ aims to help people drop the euphemisms about death, and instead talk openly about what they want to happen when they die.

The campaign will end with national Dying Matters Awareness Week in mid-May.

Book now – training sessions for type 2 diabetes patients in Staffordshire

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.

Medicines Matter!

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.

National Toothache Day – 9 February 2018

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 ... 

Pharmacy opening times this Christmas

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.

Improving access to primary care services

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.

We are interested in hearing your views about how, when and where you might choose to use these services outside of the usual surgery hours. 

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.

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent launches its 'What's Your Emergency?' winter campaign

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.

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