The NHS and social care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have launched its 'What's Your Emergency?' winter campaign today, Friday 1 December 2017. For the next six weeks you'll hear from a variety of frontline staff from across the NHS. They'll be giving a combination of advice about different illness and conditions, how you can be prepared for winter, what you can do for others and the services that are on offer.
As the cold weather is setting in across Staffordshire, NHS Leaders are advising local people on how to stay safe and healthy.
With temperatures falling slips and falls become more likely especially during wet, cold and icy conditions.
Here are some helpful tips to stay safe this winter:
November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) awareness month. COPD is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.
- Emphysema – damage to the air sacs in the lungs
- Chronic bronchitis – long-term inflammation of the airways
COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older adults who smoke. The condition can sometimes affect people who have never smoked. Many people don't realise they have it and conditions can gradually worsen over time. There may also be periods when they get suddenly worse, known as a flare-up or exacerbation.
As part of World Diabetes Day which takes place on November 14, the area’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for Staffordshire have announced there will be a number of education sessions available in the New Year for newly diagnosed or existing patients who have type 2 diabetes.
Looking after you
We have provided information about self care week and digital apps.
Self care week 13-19 November
Self Care Week (13-19 November) is an annual national awareness week that focuses on establishing support for self care across communities, families and generations.
9600 people and their loved ones will face a pancreatic cancer diagnosis this year. And the numbers are set to increase. Early diagnosis is vital to saving lives, so it’s time to take urgent action by raising awareness of the disease.
Every day during Pancreatic Awareness Month, 1 – 30 November, there will be a short video about the people behind the disease including patient, carer, survivor stories as well as perspectives from nurses, surgeons, dietitians, supporters and researchers.
Patients with diabetes are set to benefit from three videos aimed at helping them to look after their feet.
People who have diabetes are 15 times more likely to undergo amputations than those without the condition. This is because diabetes can reduce the blood supply to patients’ feet, meaning they may not feel any pain if their foot is sore or injured.
The videos have been developed by NHS England in the West Midlands, through its Cardiovascular (CVD) Clinical Network, to enable patients to take more control of their condition by showing them how to look after their feet, what happens at their annual foot check and what to do if they have a problem.
Health care leaders across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s clinical commissioning groups have announced the appointment of Marcus Warnes as their single joint Accountable Officer.
Local health chiefs from the three south Staffordshire CCGs are encouraging all residents who are eligible to get their free flu jab without delay. It is free for those who are at increased risk from the effects of flu: people aged 65 and over, children aged 2-3, pregnant women, carers and those with long term health conditions. It’s free because you need it.
World Sight Day on October 12 highlights the need for people to look after their vision in order to prevent avoidable sight loss.
And to mark the day GPs in Staffordshire are reminding people of a free NHS service that is available if they are worried about their eyes.
The Minor Eye Conditions Service is available through specially trained and accredited local optician practices to anyone who is registered with a local GP. But you don’t need to contact your GP to get an appointment – just go straight to the most convenient practice.