Patients urged to think twice before asking for antibiotics

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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.

Burton upon Trent GP practice rated outstanding by watchdog

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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.

Be clear on the signs of blood cancer

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Local doctors are calling on residents to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of blood cancer to help improve rates of early diagnosis.
 
September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG and Stafford and Surrounds CCG are joining with several national charities and other NHS organisations in raising awareness of the symptoms of blood cancer, in an attempt to improve early diagnosis rates and save lives.
 

North Staffordshire care home project shortlisted for excellent care of older people award

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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.

Endoscope-i improving patient care

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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.

South Staffordshire health centre joins ‘Dementia Friendly’ campaign

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A South Staffordshire GP practice has become one of the first in the area to join a campaign to tackle the stigma and lack of understanding around the condition by changing the way people think, act and talk about dementia. Six members of staff at Lakeside Medical Centre in Church Road, Perton, attended a free one hour information session and have become Dementia Friends - an initiative run by the Alzheimer’s Society.

Sexual health clinic to open its doors in Stafford

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A new dedicated sexual health clinic will be opening its doors in Stafford from Monday September 5, following relocation from the town’s County Hospital. The new dedicated service, to be delivered by South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) on behalf of Staffordshire County Council, will open on September 5 at its new home in the Civic Centre, Stafford.