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.

Equal mental health services across South Staffordshire event - Update

Due to an amazing response, the CCG has been required to find a larger venue for the Mental Health Inclusion event.

The mental health partnership event, which is taking place on 6 June 2017, 10.00am to 2.00pm will now be held at the Roman Way Hotel, Watling Street, Hatherton, Cannock, West Midlands, WS11 1SH.

The Event is due to start at 9.30 am for registration and refreshments and will finish at around 2pm with lunch included. Agendas will be available on the day.

Annual General Meeting Invitation

We would like to invite you to attend the Annual General Meeting of Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group.

During the meeting we will be discussing highlights and achievements over the past year as well as discussing some next steps and future developments planned for the year ahead.

Staffordshire NHS commissioners appoint finance director as new interim chief officer

Paul Simpson has been appointed as the interim Chief Officer of three NHS commissioning bodies that serve around half the population of Staffordshire.

The appointment follows the retirement of Andrew Donald at the end of April 2017 after 40 years’ service to the NHS. Andrew had been Chief Officer of NHS Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group since 2012. He more recently also became Chief Officer for NHS South East Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group.

Equal mental health services across South Staffordshire event

Are you interested in Mental Health Services across South Staffordshire? We are holding an event to ensure services are equal for everyone.

The mental health partnership event takes place on 6 June 2017, 10.00am to 2.00pm at the Roman Way Hotel, Watling Street, Hatherton, Cannock, West Midlands, WS11 1SH, with lunch provided.

The morning session is very inclusive and will be beneficial to anyone with an interest in Mental Health Services in South Staffordshire. You may: have had personal experience, be a carer, be a patient representative, work in Mental Health Services, be part of a Partner Organisation or work in the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Ransonware IT Incident - Patient Information

Advice for patients ransomware attack

A number of NHS organisations have been affected by a ransomware attack (an attack on the IT systems which support NHS services). This attack was not specifically targeted at the NHS but it has had an impact on NHS services.   The NHS is working hard to ensure that as few patients as possible are affected.  Below is guidance for those accessing the NHS over the coming days.

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