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.

Cannock urged to join the war on antibiotic resistance

Patients in the Cannock area are being urged to use antibiotics responsibly to keep them in good health and prevent disease-resistant infection from spreading.

Antibiotics are a vital tool for treating infections such as pneumonia, meningitis and tuberculosis and for preventing infections during surgical procedures and cancer treatment. However, the more antibiotics are used the less effective they become because overuse gives resistant bacteria a greater chance to survive and spread.

South Staffordshire set to receive special dementia support

South Staffordshire is to become a more dementia-friendly community as Lindsey Smith joins the Alzheimer’s Society this week (20 June) as a new information worker with a focus on the area.

She will be encouraging individuals and organisations to share the responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.

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