Take care in the garden this May Bank Holiday but know what to do if there is an injury

DIY and gardening accidents account for many thousands of hospital admissions every year.

Now GPs across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are asking people to make sure they know the best place to go in case of injury. It’s especially important as we head into another Bank Holiday with the gardening season in full swing.

Unfortunately, many people head for A&E when they could get more appropriate NHS help elsewhere.  Leading local GP Dr Mo Huda said: “Accident and Emergency departments often see people with cuts, sprains or other DIY-related problems during bank holiday weekends. Most of these can be treated quickly by one of our Walk In Centres instead.”

Please remember that A&E and 999 are for potentially life-threatening emergencies. There is a range of alternative NHS help available over the Bank Holiday, including:

Dying Matters Awareness week underlines why planning for end of life is so crucial

GPs from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week.

The week runs until Sunday and draws attention to the importance of planning something that will happen to us all – the end of life.

It encourages people to talk about issues ranging from making a will to discussing funeral arrangements.

But doctors are especially concerned about making sure that plans are in place for patients who are nearing the end of life to be able to die as they would wish.

New mothers and mums-to-be to benefit from extra funding for mental health services

New and expectant mothers and those trying to conceive will benefit from a major investment in mental health services.

Around 20 per cent of women experience mental health difficulties while they are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant or during the first year following the birth of their baby. This covers a wide range of conditions and if left untreated can have significant and long-lasting effects on the woman and her family.

Now £833,000 is to be invested in improving perinatal mental health services across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Shropshire that will directly help around 850 mothers by 2021.

Putting the stress on mental health and improving access to therapies

Stress and other mental health conditions come under the spotlight during Mental Health Awareness Week.

The week runs from Monday May 14 to Sunday May 20 and is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.

Stress – a feeling of being under abnormal pressure – is a major cause of mental health problems and can lead to self-harm and even suicide.

Mental Health services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are leading the way in a nationwide drive to improve care for adults with anxiety disorders and depression, including stress.

Flo celebrated as today’s NHS top tech

Pioneering technology developed in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire has been selected as one of the Top 70 health innovations by a website dedicated to NHS top tech.

NHS70 Innovations is celebrating the 70th birthday of the National Health Service by highlighting the technological achievements that are revolutionising patient care.

A different technology or other innovation is featured each day and today (Friday May 11) Flo Telehealth is the star attraction.

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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