Expectant mothers encouraged to be healthy, active and upright

Expectant mothers in Staffordshire are being encouraged to stay healthy, active and upright during pregnancy.

The move follows the Better Births Initiative launched by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) which is being supported by Stafford & Surrounds, Cannock Chase and South East Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Being upright and active during labour and childbirth can be beneficial. Strong evidence indicates that it can help the baby arrive more quickly and help mum deal with pain.

Be prepared for August Bank Holiday and order your repeat prescriptions now

As the August Bank Holiday approaches we want to remind patients to be prepared and to check what medications they need.  We encourage patients to collect their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time as GP practices will be closed on Monday 28 August and many pharmacies will have limited opening hours that day.

If for some reason patients do run out of medication, they should speak to a community pharmacist or to contact NHS 111 for advice. Information on which community pharmacies are open during this period can be found online.

GPs urge patients to be aware of their blood pressure, a key health warning sign

GPs in Staffordshire are urging patients to be aware of their blood pressure and understand what high blood pressure means and the potential consequences.

They also want patients to be aware that there is usually a direct link between weight and high blood pressure, with people who are obese three times more likely to have high blood pressure. Losing weight can be an effective way of lowering blood pressure for many people.

Health awareness: Maternity support

This month we are focussing on maternity. If you are an expected mother or have a young child you may find some of these resources helpful.

World Breastfeeding Week 1-7 August

World Breastfeeding Week 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 and locally it is 63%.

A hub of help for carers

The Carers Hub exists to improve the life of carers in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent through tailored advice, training and information.​

Services are designed with you and your needs as a carer in mind and cover a whole range of support for carers of all ages:​

  • Carers Assessments

  • ​Support planning

  • Social & health services

  • Money

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.

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