Health leaders in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are speaking out to reassure patients that proposals to change urgent and emergency care services are designed to improve care for patients by providing them with convenient and appropriate alternatives to waiting in A&E if they have an urgent, but minor ailment.
Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for developing local health and social care services over the next five years has been published today, Thursday 15 December 2016, for further public discussion and feedback
This follows on from a series of ten “Conversation Staffordshire” and “Conversation Stoke-on-Trent” events hosted by both local Healthwatch organisations during November and December. Full reports on the events will be made available by Healthwatch. A summarised version of the STP has also been published today and the “you said we did” section demonstrates how health and care leaders are already taking that feedback on board.
When four year-old Harry Lightfoot was recovering from surgery in hospital, he never dreamed he'd get to see a real-life helicopter. But his wish came true, thanks to one of the nurses who met him in the A&E department. Senior Sister Nicola Beckett not only managed to arrange for him to see the helicopter; he even got to meet the crew.
Staffordshire residents are to benefit from continued integrated health and social care in their homes and local communities – after a new deal is agreed until 2020.
Saturday opening hours at Stoke-on-Trent’s busiest sexual health clinic, held at Cobridge Community Health Centre, have been extended, aiming to allow more people to be seen and to reduce waiting times.
In recognition of 'Older People's day' a Consultant in Elderly Care at Royal Stoke University Hospital is urging older people to 'Get Up, Get Dressed and Keep Moving'. Dr Amit Arora and his team are launching an initiative to try to stop older people becoming deconditioned in hospital or after their discharge. For every 10 days of bed rest in hospital, the equivalent of 10 years of muscle ageing occurs in people over 80-years-old.
University Hospitals of North Midlands have introduced a pioneering new technology designed to improve the speed and accuracy in diagnosing pre-cancerous conditions of the cervix. UHNM have adopted an innovative cervical cancer diagnostic system called ZedScan™ at the gynaecology departments at both Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital. Its aim is to offer a more accurate diagnosis for women who are at risk of cervical cancer.