Two GPs and a specialist nurse are to help spearhead the campaign to improve cancer survival rates in southern Staffordshire.
Expectant mothers in Staffordshire are being encouraged to stay healthy, active and upright during pregnancy.
The move follows the Better Births Initiative launched by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) which is being supported by Stafford & Surrounds, Cannock Chase and South East Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Being upright and active during labour and childbirth can be beneficial. Strong evidence indicates that it can help the baby arrive more quickly and help mum deal with pain.
GPs in Staffordshire are urging patients to be aware of their blood pressure and understand what high blood pressure means and the potential consequences.
They also want patients to be aware that there is usually a direct link between weight and high blood pressure, with people who are obese three times more likely to have high blood pressure. Losing weight can be an effective way of lowering blood pressure for many people.
World Breastfeeding Week takes place between 1-7 August and aims to increase the rate of breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
Currently a national average of 73% mothers breastfeed at the time the baby is born. Locally the figures are:
- Cannock Chase CCG 63%
- Stafford and Surrounds CCG 70%
- SE Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula CCG 62%
Patients in Staffordshire are set to benefit from new investment into the treatment of diabetes as NHS England drives forward changes to support people to live healthier lives.
The area’s clinical commissioning groups will receive £186,000 from a national pot of £42m which will be used to advance the care and treatment local diabetes patients receive this year.