East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (ESCCG) recognises the importance of the findings of the recently published Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Enquiry, chaired by Robert Francis QC. We have considered the contents of the report and are committed to taking any action we need to ensure nothing like this happens in our NHS again.
Work to improve services for NHS patients across Staffordshire has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.
The “Insight Database” developed locally was a runner-up at the PEN (Patient Experience Network) National Awards final held in Birmingham.
Patients throughout East Staffordshire with non- emergency health problems should now find it easier to get an appointment with their GP rather than resort to visiting A&E.
More than 270 extra GP appointments are now being made available each week across the district. It means more people should find it easier to book an appointment to see a family doctor at a time that is convenient.
It is one of a range of initiatives which have been rolled out by GP surgeries in the Burton and Uttoxeter area over the past few months.
Dr Charles Pidsley, Chair of East Staffordshire CCG said: “We have all seen the pressure that hospitals across the country have been coming under in recent days. But we are now providing more ways than ever for people to avoid going to hospital, and especially A&E.