Stay Well This Winter - Now’s the time to book your free flu jab

Even though we’ve just said goodbye to the summer holidays GP practices are gearing up for winter and those in at risk groups are being reminded to book in for their free flu jab.

Adults over 65, those with long term health conditions, children aged 2 - 7, carers and pregnant women may all be eligible.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people see their GP and tens of thousands are hospitalised because of flu.

Practise safe sex during Freshers’ Week

With students all over the country starting university, and many enjoying their new-found freedom during Freshers’ Week, local doctors are urging students to practise safe sex by taking care to use a condom or a dental dam.

Doctors at Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG and Stafford and Surrounds CCG are advising students to be aware of the risks associated with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and how to avoid them. In 2015, there were more than 435,000 STI diagnoses in England and there is still a great deal of confusion about how people can catch STIs.

Be clear on the signs of blood cancer

Local doctors are calling on residents to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of blood cancer to help improve rates of early diagnosis.

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Monthand Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG and Stafford and Surrounds CCGare joining with several national charities and other NHS organisations in raising awareness of the symptoms of blood cancer, in an attempt to improve early diagnosis rates and save lives.

Enjoy bank holiday weekend fun without a trip to A&E

With a bank holiday on the horizon, health chiefs from Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging local people to avoid A&E by enjoying the time out and only attending hospital A&E if it’s a life threatening emergency.

Dr Mo Huda, Chair of Cannock Chase CCG and a GP at Aelfgar Surgery said: “The last bank holiday of the summer is around the corner and I’m sure the last thing anyone wants over the long weekend is for family or friends to spend their time in A&E, especially if the problems that have occurred are of a non-life threatening emergency. 

“There are some simple steps that can be taken to keep themselves healthy over the extended weekend. For example, people can start by stocking up their medicine cabinet with items such as plasters, bandages, thermometer, antiseptic, antihistamines and painkillers which help with some minor ailments like reducing aches, allergies, pain and high temperatures.

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