If you can’t go then act now – GPs warn constipation is no laughing matter

GPs across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are urging people to take steps to avoid getting constipation, a significant cause of emergency hospital admissions in the county.

Over half of over 60 year olds admitted as emergencies to hospital with stomach and intestine-related problems are constipated.

It’s something that can be embarrassing and people often don’t want to discuss it. But in a majority of cases it is relatively easy to avoid.

My Diabetes sessions – 90 minutes that could change your life

New 90 minute courses aimed at educating people with type 2 diabetes are starting to have an impact across Staffordshire.

Type 2 diabetes, which can be controlled by leading a healthier lifestyle, is one of the county’s leading health challenges. Six per cent of all adults have been diagnosed with the condition, and the cost to the NHS is rising by an astonishing £10 million per year in Staffordshire alone.

The My Diabetes sessions will be held in locations across the county and will be conducted by a diabetes educator.

Over 60? Don't ignore constipation

Constipation is common and it affects people of all ages. Don’t ignore constipation, particularly if you’re getting on. If you ignore it, you could end up in hospital when it’s usually simple to treat at home.

Constipation can usually be treated at home with simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.

Don’t be caught out by the May Bank Holiday

Health leaders across South and East Staffordshire are reminding us to think about our local community pharmacists for common health conditions May Bank Holiday Monday (7 May).

With GP surgeries closed and hospitals dealing with the most urgent, life-threatening cases, pharmacies are the go-to service for help with common illnesses like coughs and sore throats, and minor emergencies such as rashes and insect bites.

Put the risk of diabetes into reverse for life not just for Diabetes Prevention Week

Around 27,500 Staffordshire patients who are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes are being urged to make changes to their lifestyle to reverse that risk during Diabetes Prevention Week.

Around six per cent of Staffordshire’s population already has a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes with the number growing year-on-year.

But many of those identified at being at risk of diabetes can take action that could mean they never become diabetic.

The estimated cost to the local NHS of treating diabetes in 2015 was £222 million. This is estimated to rise to £273 million by 2020 if trends go unaddressed, meaning that costs of treating a largely preventable condition are rising by roughly £10 million per year.

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