A Stafford doctor who has served the local community for over 25 years is to become the head of the area's NHS commissioning organisation.
Health bosses in Stafford and Cannock are launching a campaign to help reduce the £1.5million of medicines wasted every year across Stafford and Cannock.
Stafford and Surrounds and Cannock Chase Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are urging the public to join them in the campaign aimed at preventing money being wasted on unused or unnecessary medicines. This money could be reinvested in vital, local healthcare services.
Members of the public can learn how to play their part in transforming Staffordshire’s cancer and end of life care services at an event in Stoke-on-Trent on 24 February.
The Transforming Cancer and End of Life Care Programme aims to deliver care for people in Staffordshire which is amongst the best in Europe.
Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation responsible for buying secondary care - which includes things like the healthcare provided by hospitals – will begin ‘joint commissioning’ GP services in April after their application was approved by NHS England.
The new responsibilities mean the CCG will work alongside NHS England to make decisions about which GP services to buy for the population of Stafford and the surrounding villages, either through a joint committee or ‘committees in common.’
Doctors and NHS managers in Stafford and Cannock are urging the public to stock up their medicine cabinets in time for the Easter break.
During public holidays pharmacies and GP surgeries often operate under reduced staff and opening hours meaning it is advisable to ensure you have anything you might need prior to the start of the holiday.