World Awareness Day highlights danger of abuse to our elderly people

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Leading local doctors and nurses are using the opportunity to raise awareness and let people know what they can do to help prevent it.

 An increasing proportion of the population are elderly, with many depending on others for support.

 This makes them potentially vulnerable to abuse. The abuse doesn’t have to be physical. It can be emotional, sexual or financial. Neglect is also abuse.

 In Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent reported incidents of abuse are increasing – up 25% in the last 12 months to 5, 529 cases in Staffordshire, with a 6% increase in Stoke-on-Trent with 1,957 reports.

Health services in Cannock Chase: past, present and future

NHS Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for buying healthcare services.

Now patients and other interested members of the public can find out more about their activity in the last 12months and priorities for the year ahead with the publication of their Annual Report and Accounts for 2017/18 published today (right click to download).

It also explains how local people can get involved in how healthcare services are planned, delivered and monitored.

New devices in every practice will help protect patients from stroke

Each GP surgery in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is to be equipped with an innovative new mobile device that could help prevent the devastating impact of stroke.

It represents an investment that could benefit around 6,700 patients at risk of stroke, because of previously undetected irregular heart rhythms.

The AliveCor devices detect irregular heart rhythms quickly and easily, allowing patients to be referred for follow up care. Treatment is usually through blood-thinning medication to prevent clots that lead to stroke.

Take care in the garden this May Bank Holiday but know what to do if there is an injury

DIY and gardening accidents account for many thousands of hospital admissions every year.

Now GPs across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are asking people to make sure they know the best place to go in case of injury. It’s especially important as we head into another Bank Holiday with the gardening season in full swing.

Unfortunately, many people head for A&E when they could get more appropriate NHS help elsewhere.  Leading local GP Dr Mo Huda said: “Accident and Emergency departments often see people with cuts, sprains or other DIY-related problems during bank holiday weekends. Most of these can be treated quickly by one of our Walk In Centres instead.”

Please remember that A&E and 999 are for potentially life-threatening emergencies. There is a range of alternative NHS help available over the Bank Holiday, including:

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