Medicine waste campaign launches across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

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A new campaign aimed at saving the NHS millions of pounds across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is being launched this week. 

The ‘Medicines Matter’ campaign launched by healthcare commissioners from the six Staffordshire and Stoke-on Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), will tackle the issue of unused prescription medicine which is estimated to waste around £6million each year across the county. 

Proposal to provide fair support to families with children allergic to cow's milk protein

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Health leaders across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent want to hear views on proposals that will affect families with babies who are not breastfed but have cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA).

Currently the NHS across the county spends around £1million per year on prescriptions for infant formula milk that does not contain cow’s milk protein. This currently benefits around 1,000 infants with the allergy whose families cannot or choose not to breastfeed. It means that parents and carers of those infants pay nothing for these alternative products but are eligible to claim them via free prescriptions.

Help fight flu as children head back to school

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Now children are back at school following the Christmas holidays, local GPs are encouraging parents who haven’t already done so to ensure their children get a free flu vaccination. 

Dr Charles Pidsley, a Burton GP and Chair of East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group said: “Many parents think flu is just a bad cold. It’s not. Flu can cause serious complications. Every year some children with flu become extremely ill and many of these would have been protected if they had received their free vaccination. 

“Unvaccinated children are not only at risk of getting flu, but can pass it on to others, including elderly or frail people who could be especially vulnerable.” 

'What's Your Emergency?' Winter Campaign

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Staffordshire launches its 'What's Your Emergency?' winter campaign

The NHS and social care in Staffordshire launched the 'What's Your Emergency?' winter campaign on Friday 1 December 2017. For the next six weeks you'll hear from a variety of frontline staff from across the NHS. They'll be giving a combination of advice about different illness and conditions, how you can be prepared for winter, what you can do for others and the services that are on offer.

The 'What's Your Emergency?' campaign recognises that for everyone who has their own urgent health concern, it is their own emergency. Some of these concerns can be solved with a trip to the pharmacy, walk-in centre, GP surgery, a call to NHS111 or by self-care at home. For serious or life-threatening emergencies, it's 999 or A&E. It's about matching the right person with the best service.

In the first week you'll hear from Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust pharmacist Lis and University Hospitals of North Midlands pharmacists Sarah and Lucinda, who will explain what you can do to get ready for the festive period and possibly prevent needing to come to hospital at a later date. It's all about Staying Well This Winter!

If you've used a pharmacy, walk-in centre, GP surgery or made a call to NHS111 and it meant you didn't have to come to A&E – tweet your experiences using #StaffordshireWYE

​All the partners from Together We’re Better will be taking part in sharing the campaign, they are:

  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
  • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust
  • Cannock Chase CCG
  • East Staffordshire CCG
  • North Staffordshire CCG
  • Stafford and Surrounds CCG
  • Stoke-on-Trent CCG
  • South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG
  • Staffordshire County Council
  • Stoke-on-Trent City Council