County Hospital CEC Update – RCPCH seeking community opinion ahead of review

Press release from University Hospital North Midlands: 18 October 2016

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have created an online survey aimed at gathering patient and community views on Children’s Emergency Services at County Hospital, prior to the College’s independent review.

The RCPCH is particularly interested in hearing from members of the public who have used the Children’s Emergency Service in the last 12 months at County Hospital. However, they are also seeking the thoughts of the wider Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent community. Click here to complete the survey.

CCG calls on parents to act on flu vaccine letter

Parents with young children are being urged to get them vaccinated against the misery of flu as winter approaches.

Children who were aged two, three and four on or before 31 August 2016 will be eligible for a free flu vaccination and Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group is calling on parents and guardians to look out for a letter offering their child the opportunity.

Stay Well This Winter - Now’s the time to book your free flu jab

Even though we’ve just said goodbye to the summer holidays GP practices are gearing up for winter and those in at risk groups are being reminded to book in for their free flu jab.

Adults over 65, those with long term health conditions, children aged 2 - 7, carers and pregnant women may all be eligible.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people see their GP and tens of thousands are hospitalised because of flu.

Your Local NHS Needs You

In March this year we worked with patients, the public and the community and voluntary sector to look at how we can better involve them in making decisions about local health services. We heard some really good examples of engagement and involvement and how these had made a difference.

We now want to take that conversation a step further and work with a wide range of representatives to co-produce how the NHS locally involves and engages with the wider population.

Practise safe sex during Freshers’ Week

With students all over the country starting university, and many enjoying their new-found freedom during Freshers’ Week, local doctors are urging students to practise safe sex by taking care to use a condom or a dental dam.

Doctors at Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG and Stafford and Surrounds CCG are advising students to be aware of the risks associated with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and how to avoid them. In 2015, there were more than 435,000 STI diagnoses in England and there is still a great deal of confusion about how people can catch STIs.

Be clear on the signs of blood cancer

Local doctors are calling on residents to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of blood cancer to help improve rates of early diagnosis.

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Monthand Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG and Stafford and Surrounds CCGare joining with several national charities and other NHS organisations in raising awareness of the symptoms of blood cancer, in an attempt to improve early diagnosis rates and save lives.

Children’s Emergency Services at County Hospital Temporarily Suspended on Safety Grounds

Accident and Emergency services at County Hospital in Stafford have been suspended for children and people under the age of 18. The interim measure, which came into effect on Thursday 25 August 2016, has been instigated by the Trust Board at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM) because senior clinicians have advised that the service is not currently clinically safe.  Adult Accident and Emergency is not affected and remains open 14 hours a day between 8am and 10pm.

Read the latest on UHNM's website.

Update 6 September 2016: A&E services at County Hospital in Stafford continue to be temporarily suspended for children and people under the age of 18 due to concerns about safety. However, following a meeting of the Trust, the commissioners and other partners last week, a number of measures are being put in place to establish a safe children's service at County as quickly as possible. Read more.​

Enjoy bank holiday weekend fun without a trip to A&E

With a bank holiday on the horizon, health chiefs from Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging local people to avoid A&E by enjoying the time out and only attending hospital A&E if it’s a life threatening emergency.

Dr Mo Huda, Chair of Cannock Chase CCG and a GP at Aelfgar Surgery said: “The last bank holiday of the summer is around the corner and I’m sure the last thing anyone wants over the long weekend is for family or friends to spend their time in A&E, especially if the problems that have occurred are of a non-life threatening emergency. 

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