November is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) awareness month. COPD is the name for a group of lung conditions that cause breathing difficulties.
- Emphysema – damage to the air sacs in the lungs
- Chronic bronchitis – long-term inflammation of the airways
COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older adults who smoke. The condition can sometimes affect people who have never smoked. Many people don't realise they have it and conditions can gradually worsen over time. There may also be periods when they get suddenly worse, known as a flare-up or exacerbation.
As part of World Diabetes Day which takes place on November 14, the area’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for Staffordshire have announced there will be a number of education sessions available in the New Year for newly diagnosed or existing patients who have type 2 diabetes.
Looking after you
We have provided information about self care week and digital apps.
Self care week 13-19 November
Self Care Week (13-19 November) is an annual national awareness week that focuses on establishing support for self care across communities, families and generations.
9600 people and their loved ones will face a pancreatic cancer diagnosis this year. And the numbers are set to increase. Early diagnosis is vital to saving lives, so it’s time to take urgent action by raising awareness of the disease.
Every day during Pancreatic Awareness Month, 1 – 30 November, there will be a short video about the people behind the disease including patient, carer, survivor stories as well as perspectives from nurses, surgeons, dietitians, supporters and researchers.
Health care leaders across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s clinical commissioning groups have announced the appointment of Marcus Warnes as their single joint Accountable Officer.
As the current Accountable Officer for NHS North Staffordshire CCG and NHS Stoke-on-Trent CCG, Marcus will be stepping into the new role from the 1 November 2017 for five out of the six CCGs. He will be supported by Tony Bruce who will remain as Accountable Officer for East Staffordshire CCG until he leaves in March 2018. Marcus will then take on the role for East Staffordshire CCG.