Health services in East Staffordshire: past, present and future

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NHS East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for buying healthcare services.

Now patients and other interested members of the public can find out more about their activity in the last 12 months and priorities for the year ahead with the publication of their Annual Report and Accounts for 2017/18 published today.

It also explains how local people can get involved in how healthcare services are planned, delivered and monitored.

New devices in every practice will help protect patients from stroke

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Each GP surgery in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is to be equipped with an innovative new mobile device that could help prevent the devastating impact of stroke.

It represents an investment that could benefit around 6,700 patients at risk of stroke, because of previously undetected irregular heart rhythms.

The AliveCor devices detect irregular heart rhythms quickly and easily, allowing patients to be referred for follow up care. Treatment is usually through blood-thinning medication to prevent clots that lead to stroke.

Take care in the garden this May Bank Holiday but know what to do if there is an injury

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DIY and gardening accidents account for many thousands of hospital admissions every year.

Now GPs across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are asking people to make sure they know the best place to go in case of injury. It’s especially important as we head into another Bank Holiday with the gardening season in full swing.

Unfortunately, many people head for A&E when they could get more appropriate NHS help elsewhere.  Leading local GP Dr Mo Huda said: “Accident and Emergency departments often see people with cuts, sprains or other DIY-related problems during bank holiday weekends. Most of these can be treated quickly by one of our Walk In Centres instead.”

Dying Matters Awareness week underlines why planning for end of life is so crucial

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GPs from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week.

The week runs until Sunday and draws attention to the importance of planning something that will happen to us all – the end of life.

It encourages people to talk about issues ranging from making a will to discussing funeral arrangements.

But doctors are especially concerned about making sure that plans are in place for patients who are nearing the end of life to be able to die as they would wish.