Smokers across Staffordshire are being urged to take part in and join the nearly 15 million people across the country who have already quit. The smoking rate across Staffordshire has fallen by 3% over the past four years to 13.6%. Last year, over 3000 people signed up to Stoptober in the county.
A Rugeley woman received treatment which may have stopped her going blind in one eye thanks to a pioneering eye care service running through Stafford and Cannock optometrists.
Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust has been shortlisted in the Clinical Research Impact category at the 2016 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards for the second year running.
This year’s shortlisting is in recognition of the work undertaken by the Trust’s Research Delivery Unit in creating a research programme designed to raise the profile of research across the organisation and improve quality of care.
Health services across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire are logging on to the latest in digital technology to support people to stay fit and well – and are encouraging patients to use the hi-tech help on offer to look after themselves.
Using text messages, social media, digital images and phone apps, Staffordshire medics are pioneering the use of technology to help monitor and treat long-term conditions and to offer advice and support to patients - innovations which are being taken up across the UK and beyond.
A new link between pre-eclampsia in pregnancy and the development of diabetes later in life has been identified through research undertaken at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM), and has been published this month in the prestigious journal, Diabetologia.
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.