UHNM has launched an additional type of test which will help avoid the development of bowel cancer. 384 colorectal cancers were diagnosed at UHNM over a 12-month period from April 2015 to March 2016. Bowel cancer is a major health problem in the whole of the UK, with one in 18 people developing the disease during their lifetime.
Doctors, NHS managers and pharmacists in Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire are calling on the public to think twice before they ask their GP for antibiotics.
Rising rates of resistance to antibiotics could be one of the most significant threats to patient safety in Europe, experts believe - and it is an issue driven by a combination of overuse and inappropriate prescribing.
A Burton upon Trent GP practice has been rated as ‘outstanding’ for the standard of its services by the Care Quality Commission. Peel Croft Surgery, in Lichfield Street, received the top rating from the Government watchdog following an inspection in May 2016.
It was rated good for safe and effective services and outstanding for services being caring, well-led and responsive to people’s needs. The overall rating was outstanding.
An initiative developed to reduce the number of hospital admissions for care home residents in North Staffordshire has been nominated for a national award. Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust and North Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have worked collaboratively on the care home project to reduce unplanned hospital admissions for residents of Staffordshire care homes with high hospital admission rates.
Staff at Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are receiving specialist training to spot the signs of a potentially life-threatening condition. Sepsis is the biggest cause of inpatient deterioration in hospitals and arises when the body’s response to an infection starts to injure its own tissue and organs.
Mr Ajith George is revolutionising patient care in the ENT Department at University Hospitals of North Midlands, by utilising a smartphone gadget to optimise efficiency and performance. The device, conceived in 2012, enables GPs to attach an endoscope to an Apple device allowing them to take photographs of what they see when looking in a patient's ear, nose or throat.