Childhood cold or flu – do you know the difference?

It’s the time of year when colds and flu are doing the rounds in schools and nurseries across Cannock Chase.

But as a parent how do you tell the difference? Symptoms of a cold include a runny or blocked nose, sore throat, sneezing and a cough. Flu includes sudden fever, muscle aches, sweating, feeling exhausted and a dry or chesty cough. Although both illnesses share some of the same symptoms they are caused by different viruses.

Patients flocking to new Cannock GP surgery

A new GP surgery offering an extra 500 appointments a month has proven to be a real hit with patients in Cannock. Nearly all of the patients who have attended the Network Surgery since it opened its doors in September said they were either very satisfied or satisfied with the service they had received.

Staffordshire CCGs to seek new guidance before deciding on hearing loss service changes

Staffordshire health commissioners are to await the report of the Hearing Loss Commissioning Guidance Advisory Group which is due to be published before making any changes to hearing loss services across the south and east of the region.

The clinical commissioning groups of South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula, Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire and Stafford and Surrounds made the decision after the recent Audiology Inquiry Day on 25 November 2015 which was led by the Staffordshire Select Committee.

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Local Transformation Plan for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Published

The Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Local Transformation Plan for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services has been approved by NHS England and is now published. Additional funding of £2.1 million has been allocated to the 6 Clinical Commissioning Groups across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent to deliver improvements in emotional wellbeing and mental health services for children and young people. The plan sets out the priorities for investment and the anticipated outcomes.

Independent Report Published into the Death of Jonnie Meek

An independent case review report has been published today into the death of three-year-old Jonnie Meek.

Jonnie had the rare genetic condition De Grouchy Syndrome and had to be fed through a tube in his stomach.  He died on 11 August 2014 during a planned admission to the former Stafford Hospital, which was part of the former Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. He had been admitted to introduce a new milk formula in his feed.

The report, by Dr Martin Farrier, a consultant paediatrician at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, was commissioned by Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group in an attempt to provide a resolution to a number of questions raised by Jonnie’s family, who live in Cannock.

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