GPs urge patients to be aware of their blood pressure, a key health warning sign

GPs in Staffordshire are urging patients to be aware of their blood pressure and understand what high blood pressure means and the potential consequences.

They also want patients to be aware that there is usually a direct link between weight and high blood pressure, with people who are obese three times more likely to have high blood pressure. Losing weight can be an effective way of lowering blood pressure for many people.

Breastfeeding helps mothers and babies everywhere

World Breastfeeding Week takes place between 1-7 August and aims to increase the rate of breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

Currently a national average of 73% mothers breastfeed at the time the baby is born. Locally the figures are:

  • Cannock Chase CCG                                                           63%
  • Stafford and Surrounds CCG                                             70%
  • SE Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula CCG                     62%

Be prepared for the late May Bank Holiday

As the late May bank holiday approaches next Monday (May 29) leading local GPs are reminding people to be prepared, whatever the weather.

Dr Mo Huda, a Rugeley GP and Chair Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group CCG said: “An early visit to the local pharmacy to stock up with basic first aid items to help with minor ailments, such as stomach upsets, allergies, headaches, sunburn, insect bites, aches, sprains and strains should feature in everyone’s preparations.

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