Publication of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s  Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for developing local health and social care services over the next five years has been published today, Thursday 15 December 2016, for further public discussion and feedback.

This follows on from a series of ten “Conversation Staffordshire” and “Conversation Stoke-on-Trent” events hosted by both local Healthwatch organisations during November and December.  Full reports on the events will be made available by Healthwatch. 

Be prepared for Christmas and issue your repeat prescriptions now

As Christmas approaches, there are lots of things to think about and medication needs can often get forgotten - but health chiefs are reminding patients to be prepared and stock-up now.

Many GP practices and pharmacies will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, so Stafford and Surrounds, Cannock Chase and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are advising those with long-term conditions to order and collect their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.

Repeat prescriptions can be ordered online by using GP Online Services, a simple website that can also be used to make and cancel appointments and view medical records.

Do you have chronic kidney disease? Get your flu jab!

Health leaders are reminding people with chronic kidney disease in south Staffordshire to have their free ‘flu jab if they haven’t already as winter begins to grip.

As Christmas creeps closer the ‘flu season begins to take hold - particularly when the temperature drops and winter illnesses start to circulate. This is why Stafford and Surrounds, Cannock Chase and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Groups are calling on patients to take precautions.

Transforming Cancer and End of Life Care update

Cancer EOLProgramme update – 25 November 2016
Stakeholder briefing

The Transforming Cancer and End of Life Care Programme launched in April 2013 with Cannock Chase, North Staffordshire, Stafford and Surrounds and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups forming a partnership to improve cancer and end of life care in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. The partnership also includes NHS England, Staffordshire County Council, Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Public Health England and Macmillan Cancer Support as strategic partner.

Fire minister urges us all to test the smoke alarms in our homes now and every month

Fire Minister Brandon Lewis has urged people to test their smoke alarms after research showed that only 28 per cent of all households who own one test them on a regular basis.

As the Fire Kills campaign launched on Monday 7 November, the Minister has highlighted the importance of having at least one working smoke alarm in your home and encouraged everyone to test their smoke alarms immediately and then regularly every month.

Patients urged to learn about antibiotics to mark European awareness day

Health leaders in Cannock are urging people in the area to be aware of the proper uses of antibiotics and ensure that they take them responsibly.

Ahead of European Antibiotic Awareness Day, on Friday, November 18, doctors and NHS managers are raising awareness about the risks of taking antibiotics inappropriately and calling on patients to learn about the proper treatment of common winter conditions like coughs, colds and the flu. 

As the weather grows colder and the winter closes in, many patients will be visiting their GPs suffering from coughs, colds and flu, in the hope that they will be given antibiotics to treat their illness.

Ambassadors to spread the word on Staffordshire health and care changes

Health leaders in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are looking for community champions to help spread the word about plans to transform the way healthcare is provided across the county.

The Together We’re Better programme, a partnership of health trusts, clinical commissioning groups and local authorities, aims to provide services which better meet the needs of local people, offer a greater focus on prevention and wellbeing, and work more effectively by breaking down the traditional boundaries between organisations so they work together to share ideas and learning.

Conversation Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

There are lots of challenges to our health and social care system and a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) is being developed to address these. If you live or work locally, Conversation Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is your chance to take part in an open discussion about your health services and the way they are delivered.

Protect your unborn baby this winter with a free flu jab

Health experts are urging pregnant women to get their free vaccination before the flu virus starts circulating this winter.

Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group is warning that flu can cause many complications during pregnancy, particularly in the later stages, such as premature births or low birth weights. In some cases, it can lead to stillbirth or even death in the first week of life.

However, getting your free flu vaccination can help prevent difficulties and keep mother and baby safe.

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