GPs want us to know how to enjoy the heat – but not to exhaustion

After more than a week of blue skies and recording-breaking temperatures, health leaders in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire want to make sure you're enjoying the good weather, but not to exhaustion.

Forecasts are for the high temperatures to continue into the middle of next week, with that come the risk of conditions like heat exhaustion. The heat can also exacerbate problems for people with things like asthma.

Prescription changes could free up GP time and make better use of pharmacies

Family doctors across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are to stop routinely prescribing medicines for minor ailments and encourage people to make better use of community pharmacies.

Many minor ailments can be treated with over-the-counter remedies that can be bought from a pharmacy.

The move will give GPs more time to spend with patients with more serious medical conditions. It will also encourage patients to make better use of community pharmacies, where there is no need for an appointment and where highly trained pharmacists are able to offer free advice.

New Stoke and Staffordshire Mental Health Partnership secures £242,000 in funding

A grant of £242,000 has been awarded by the Department of Health to support the development of new mental health support services for people in crisis in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

Brighter Futures, a non-profit organisation based in Hanley, will lead the project.

Brighter Futures Chief Executive Helena Evans said: “We knew we had to think differently around mental health and homelessness provision in the city and across Staffordshire.

“Sadly, all too often people find themselves at A&E when they have a mental health need even when it’s not necessarily the most appropriate place for them.  The new Place of Calm service will provide another option to both crisis services and people in mental distress. The service will provide de-escalation from crisis and suitable escalation where needed.   

Doctors want patients to breathe easy and get the best support for lung conditions

Medical leaders throughout Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have this week been supporting the British Lung Foundation’s Breathe Easy Week.

The week lasts until Sunday and highlights the issues associated with lung conditions such as asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

Tackling these conditions and improving how they are managed is a priority to the county’s clinical commissioners who are currently developing a Staffordshire wide respiratory strategy.

CGG welcomes decision of Solicitor General

NHS Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group welcomes Her Majesty’s Solicitor General, Robert Buckland’s recent decision giving it authority to make an application to the High Court for a new inquest into the death of Jonnie Meek.

Jonnie was aged three when he died at Stafford Hospital in August 2014. An inquest in January 2015 found that he had died of natural causes.

The CCG has since supported his parents as they have sought a fresh inquest into their son’s death.

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.

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