Patients urged to learn about antibiotics to mark European awareness day

Health leaders in Stafford are urging people in the area to be aware of the proper uses of antibiotics and ensure that they take them responsibly.

Ahead of European Antibiotic Awareness Day, on Friday 18th November, doctors and NHS managers are raising awareness about the risks of taking antibiotics inappropriately and calling on patients to learn about the proper treatment of common winter conditions like coughs, colds and the flu. 

As the weather grows colder and the winter closes in, many patients will be visiting their GPs suffering from coughs, colds and flu, in the hope that they will be given antibiotics to treat their illness.

Ambassadors to spread the word on Staffordshire health and care changes

Health leaders in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are looking for community champions to help spread the word about plans to transform the way healthcare is provided across the county.

The Together We’re Better programme, a partnership of health trusts, clinical commissioning groups and local authorities, aims to provide services which better meet the needs of local people, offer a greater focus on prevention and wellbeing, and work more effectively by breaking down the traditional boundaries between organisations so they work together to share ideas and learning.

CCG calls on parents to act on flu vaccine letter

Parents with young children are being urged to get them vaccinated against the misery of flu as winter approaches.

Children who were aged two, three and four on or before 31 August 2016 will be eligible for a free flu vaccination and Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group is calling on parents and guardians to look out for a letter offering their child the opportunity.

Stay Well This Winter - Now's the time to book your free flu jab

Even though we’ve just said goodbye to the summer holidays GP practices are gearing up for winter and those in at risk groups are being reminded to book in for their free flu jab.

Adults over 65, those with long term health conditions, children aged 2 - 7, carers and pregnant women may all be eligible.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people see their GP and tens of thousands are hospitalised because of flu.

Practise safe sex during Freshers’ Week

With students all over the country starting university, and many enjoying their new-found freedom during Freshers’ Week, local doctors are urging students to practise safe sex by taking care to use a condom or a dental dam.

Doctors at Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG and Stafford and Surrounds CCG are advising students to be aware of the risks associated with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and how to avoid them. In 2015, there were more than 435,000 STI diagnoses in England and there is still a great deal of confusion about how people can catch STIs.

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