If your child is ill over Christmas will you know where to go?

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East Staffordshire CCG is urging those looking after children over Christmas to make sure they know about basic common illnesses so they know what to do if a child is unwell.

Winter illnesses are circulating and many GP surgeries will be closed over the festive period so parents and carers should be ready deal with common childhood illnesses, such as coughs and colds.

Make sure that your medicine cupboard is well stocked with essentials such as pain relief, cough medicine and oral rehydration sachets, and make sure everything is in date.

Publication of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan

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Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s  Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for developing local health and social care services over the next five years has been published today, Thursday 15 December 2016, for further public discussion and feedback.

This follows on from a series of ten “Conversation Staffordshire” and “Conversation Stoke-on-Trent” events hosted by both local Healthwatch organisations during November and December.  Full reports on the events will be made available by Healthwatch. 

Be prepared for Christmas and issue your repeat prescriptions now

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As Christmas approaches, there are lots of things to think about and medication needs can often get forgotten - but health chiefs in East Staffordshire are reminding patients to be prepared and stock-up now.

Many GP practices and pharmacies will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, so East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is advising those with long-term conditions to order and collect their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.

Repeat prescriptions can be ordered online by using GP Online Services, a simple website that can also be used to make and cancel appointments and view medical records.

East Staffordshire patients told health advice and help are closer than you think

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Patients seeking health advice across East Staffordshire are being advised that getting medical help could be closer and faster than they think.

East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding members of the public that pharmacists can offer expert advice and medicines for common illnesses and health problems. Minor injuries units can also offer treatment for a wide range of conditions.

Pharmacies can offer advice if patients are worried about their symptoms and can let them know if they need to see their GP or get further medical advice – and they don’t need to travel miles or wait for an appointment, just drop in at the pharmacy.