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. 

Cannock urged to join the war on antibiotic resistance

Patients in the Cannock area are being urged to use antibiotics responsibly to keep them in good health and prevent disease-resistant infection from spreading.

Antibiotics are a vital tool for treating infections such as pneumonia, meningitis and tuberculosis and for preventing infections during surgical procedures and cancer treatment. However, the more antibiotics are used the less effective they become because overuse gives resistant bacteria a greater chance to survive and spread.

Joint Staff Awards 2016

Staff from Cannock Chase CCG, Stafford and Surrounds CCG and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG along with colleagues from Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit came together for their first joint staff awards on 21 June. 58 nominations were received, and the judging panel spent a long time making their decision. All winners and highly commended staff are listed below but all nominees also received a certificate.

South Staffordshire set to receive special dementia support

South Staffordshire is to become a more dementia-friendly community as Lindsey Smith joins the Alzheimer’s Society this week (20 June) as a new information worker with a focus on the area.

She will be encouraging individuals and organisations to share the responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.

Local people asked to help set the record straight during Diabetes Week

Local and national health leaders are calling on people with diabetes to help set the record straight by sharing their stories, facts and videos to let others know the truth about diabetes. 

Statistics show most of us know a friend or family member living with diabetes. Yet, it’s still hugely misunderstood condition with many myths and misconceptions – such as diabetes is a disease solely confined to people who are overweight. Hence the reason Diabetes Week 2016 (Sunday 12 June to Saturday 18 June 2016) has the theme ‘setting the record straight’.

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