Over 60? Don't ignore constipation

Constipation is common and it affects people of all ages. Don’t ignore constipation, particularly if you’re getting on. If you ignore it, you could end up in hospital when it’s usually simple to treat at home.

Constipation can usually be treated at home with simple changes to your diet and lifestyle.

Don’t be caught out by the May Bank Holiday

Health leaders across South and East Staffordshire are reminding us to think about our local community pharmacists for common health conditions May Bank Holiday Monday (7 May).

With GP surgeries closed and hospitals dealing with the most urgent, life-threatening cases, pharmacies are the go-to service for help with common illnesses like coughs and sore throats, and minor emergencies such as rashes and insect bites.

Put the risk of diabetes into reverse for life not just for Diabetes Prevention Week

Around 27,500 Staffordshire patients who are at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes are being urged to make changes to their lifestyle to reverse that risk during Diabetes Prevention Week.

Around six per cent of Staffordshire’s population already has a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes with the number growing year-on-year.

But many of those identified at being at risk of diabetes can take action that could mean they never become diabetic.

The estimated cost to the local NHS of treating diabetes in 2015 was £222 million. This is estimated to rise to £273 million by 2020 if trends go unaddressed, meaning that costs of treating a largely preventable condition are rising by roughly £10 million per year.

General Practice Extended Access Update

The six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will seek to commission extended access services directly from general practice on the basis that the services are list-based primary medical care that cannot be delivered by any other providers.

Formal proposals for delivery the services will be invited from general practice and it is anticipated that these will come from groups of practices working together at scale as localities or Federations although there will be no mandatory requirement for any GP to deliver the services. Proposals will then be assessed by a non-conflicted panel ahead of making any contract award decisions. The extended access contract(s) will not impact on existing GMS, PMS or APMS contracts and their requirements, currently in place.

Dying Matters to us: what about you?

Talking openly about death and dying

In the run up to Dying Matters Awareness Week 2018, Staffordshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, alongside Together We're Better, have launched a campaign to encourage people to speak openly and honestly about death and dying and ensure their final wishes are known.

Dying Matters, Staffordshire’ aims to help people drop the euphemisms about death, and instead talk openly about what they want to happen when they die.

The campaign will end with national Dying Matters Awareness Week in mid-May. 

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