Breastfeeding helps mothers and babies everywhere

World Breastfeeding Week takes place between 1-7 August and aims to increase the rate of breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

Currently a national average of 73% mothers breastfeed at the time the baby is born. Locally the figures are:

  • Cannock Chase CCG                                                           63%
  • Stafford and Surrounds CCG                                             70%
  • SE Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula CCG                     62%

Health awareness: Blood pressure & obesity

Throughout this month we are highlighting the importance of blood pressure checking and obesity:

Blood pressure

Good blood pressure control is key to reducing cardiovascular morbidity, especially in patients with other risk factors and co-morbidities. Chief amongst these is diabetes. Patients and, to some extent clinicians, still think of diabetes in terms of blood sugar control but cardiovascular risk reduction is more important.

AGM success in Hednesford

On Thursday 6 July, we held our Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2016/17 at the Aquarius Ballroom in Hednesford. Patients, staff and colleagues from providers and the voluntary sector were invited to attend to hear about the CCG's achievements and future plans. You can downoad the full presentation from the evenings event:  pdf CC AGM Presentation 06 07 17 (1.52 MB)

The key topics that were discussed included:

  • various achievements in the last year such as patient safety, quality and performance targets
  • developed an improved method of face to face engagement - find out how you can get involved
  • the Annual Report and Governance Statement for 2016/17 were formally presented, of which you can download the full version Cannock Chase Annual Report and Accounts 2016 17.

NHS commissioning staff honoured for year of dedication

Staff have been honoured for their hard work and dedication when local NHS commissioners held their annual awards.

The staff awards were held jointly by Cannock Chase, South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula and Stafford & Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) at County Buildings, Stafford.

They were held on the theme of the CCGs values; we are honest, accessible and we listen, care and respect for all, quality is our day job and we innovate and deliver.

Cancer awareness: Don’t be scared of the diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis was the last thing Stafford resident Paul Giles expected at 57 years old. After a long career with the RAF, Paul was a keen sportsman who kept himself fit and healthy.  Even after leaving the Forces would think nothing of cycling 30 miles at a time.

“I’d never seen the inside of a hospital before.  I never smoked, drank only moderately and exercised five or six times a week – I was in the gym right up until the night before I was diagnosed – but all that is never going to prevent you from getting something like cancer.  Cancer takes no prisoners,” said Paul.

Be prepared for the late May Bank Holiday

As the late May bank holiday approaches next Monday (May 29) leading local GPs are reminding people to be prepared, whatever the weather.

Dr Mo Huda, a Rugeley GP and Chair Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group CCG said: “An early visit to the local pharmacy to stock up with basic first aid items to help with minor ailments, such as stomach upsets, allergies, headaches, sunburn, insect bites, aches, sprains and strains should feature in everyone’s preparations.

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