South Staffordshire set to receive special dementia support

South Staffordshire is to become a more dementia-friendly community as Lindsey Smith joins the Alzheimer’s Society this week (20 June) as a new information worker with a focus on the area.

She will be encouraging individuals and organisations to share the responsibility for ensuring that people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community.

Stafford doctors to learn from one of UK’s leading dementia experts

One of the UK's leading experts on dementia and elderly care will be offering Stafford doctors the benefit of his knowledge and experience next month.

Professor Alistair Burns will be attending GP Practice Learning Time sessions arranged by Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group in June 2016, and will be speaking on the subjects of dementia care and frail elderly care, which have been designated priority areas by the CCG.

New Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service provider announced

Over the last few months commissioners in Staffordshire from all six Clinical Commissioning Groups and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust have worked together to re-procure the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service for the county.

The service provides transportation for patients with a medical need to and from outpatient hospital appointments as well as supporting hospitals to move patients who are medically stable out of hospital beds and onto more suitable hospitals where the right level of care can be provided.

Changes to Tamworth and Lichfield out-of-hours urgent care

Changes to out-of-hours urgent care services are set to be introduced in Lichfield and Tamworth on 4 April 2016, to help ensure that patients are seen by the right person in the right place, first time.

The opening hours of the region’s minor injuries units will be reduced, with the facilities at Tamworth's Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital opening from 8am to 10pm and at Lichfield’s Samuel Johnson Community Hospital opening from 8am to 9pm.

Patients seeking help outside of these hours can contact NHS 111 for advice or referral and many pharmacies are also open until late in the evening and can offer advice on treatment.

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