Stoke and North Staffordshire leading the way in hi-tech help for patients

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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.

UHNM research hits the headlines

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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.

Burton maternity services invest in staff to invest in better care

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Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is working with The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to improve the support available for midwives and maternity colleagues. 

The Burton Hospitals’ Maternity Unit has signed the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) Caring for You Charter, which aims to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of midwives so they are able to continue providing the highest levels of maternity care for women and their families. 

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.