A survey undertaken by the Staffordshire Observatory reveals that people are pleased with their local health services.
After more than a week of blue skies and recording-breaking temperatures, health leaders in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire want to make sure you're enjoying the good weather, but not to exhaustion.
Forecasts are for the high temperatures to continue into the middle of next week, with that come the risk of conditions like heat exhaustion. The heat can also exacerbate problems for people with things like asthma.
Family doctors across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are to stop routinely prescribing medicines for minor ailments and encourage people to make better use of community pharmacies.
Many minor ailments can be treated with over-the-counter remedies that can be bought from a pharmacy.
The move will give GPs more time to spend with patients with more serious medical conditions. It will also encourage patients to make better use of community pharmacies, where there is no need for an appointment and where highly trained pharmacists are able to offer free advice.
A grant of £242,000 has been awarded by the Department of Health to support the development of new mental health support services for people in crisis in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.
Brighter Futures, a non-profit organisation based in Hanley, will lead the project.
Brighter Futures Chief Executive Helena Evans said: “We knew we had to think differently around mental health and homelessness provision in the city and across Staffordshire.
“Sadly, all too often people find themselves at A&E when they have a mental health need even when it’s not necessarily the most appropriate place for them. The new Place of Calm service will provide another option to both crisis services and people in mental distress. The service will provide de-escalation from crisis and suitable escalation where needed.
Medical leaders throughout Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have this week been supporting the British Lung Foundation’s Breathe Easy Week.
The week lasts until Sunday and highlights the issues associated with lung conditions such as asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).
Tackling these conditions and improving how they are managed is a priority to the county’s clinical commissioners who are currently developing a Staffordshire wide respiratory strategy.