New mothers and mums-to-be to benefit from extra funding for mental health services

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New and expectant mothers and those trying to conceive will benefit from a major investment in mental health services.

Around 20 per cent of women experience mental health difficulties while they are planning a pregnancy, are pregnant or during the first year following the birth of their baby. This covers a wide range of conditions and if left untreated can have significant and long-lasting effects on the woman and her family.

Now £833,000 is to be invested in improving perinatal mental health services across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Shropshire that will directly help around 850 mothers by 2021.

The funding will provide greater community services and improve access to existing services for more women.

Putting the stress on mental health and improving access to therapies

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Stress and other mental health conditions come under the spotlight during Mental Health Awareness Week.

The week runs from Monday May 14 to Sunday May 20 and is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation.

Stress – a feeling of being under abnormal pressure – is a major cause of mental health problems and can lead to self-harm and even suicide.

Mental Health services in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are leading the way in a nationwide drive to improve care for adults with anxiety disorders and depression, including stress.

Flo celebrated as today’s NHS top tech

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Pioneering technology developed in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire has been selected as one of the Top 70 health innovations by a website dedicated to NHS top tech.

NHS70 Innovations is celebrating the 70th birthday of the National Health Service by highlighting the technological achievements that are revolutionising patient care.

A different technology or other innovation is featured each day and today (Friday May 11) Flo Telehealth is the star attraction.

Flo uses mobile phone technology to help patients monitor long-term-conditions and maintain daily contact with GPs, nurses or other health professionals. While it can apply to many conditions it is especially successful for patients with diabetes, asthma and COPD which affects breathing.

If you can’t go then act now – GPs warn constipation is no laughing matter

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GPs across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are urging people to take steps to avoid getting constipation, a significant cause of emergency hospital admissions in the county.

Over half of over 60 year olds admitted as emergencies to hospital with stomach and intestine-related problems are constipated.

It’s something that can be embarrassing and people often don’t want to discuss it. But in a majority of cases it is relatively easy to avoid.

Don’t be caught out by the May Bank Holiday

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Health leaders across South and East Staffordshire are reminding us to think about our local community pharmacists for common health conditions May Bank Holiday Monday (7th May).

With GP surgeries closed and hospitals dealing with the most urgent, life-threatening cases, pharmacies are the go-to service for help with common illnesses like coughs and sore throats, and minor emergencies such as rashes and insect bites.

They can help advise on the best over-the-counter medications and first aid items to keep in your home.