If your child is ill over Christmas will you know where to go?

Health leaders in south Staffordshire are urging those looking after children over Christmas to make sure they know about basic common illnesses so they know what to do if a child is unwell.

Winter illnesses are circulating and many GP surgeries will be closed over the festive period, so parents and carers should be ready deal with common childhood illnesses, such as coughs and colds.

Make sure that your medicine cupboard is well stocked with essentials such as pain relief, cough medicine and oral rehydration sachets, and make sure everything is in date.

Order your repeat prescriptions but think before you tick the box

Health chiefs in Staffordshire are urging patients with repeat prescriptions to think about which medications they will need over the Christmas period and which treatments they no longer use.  

With GPs and pharmacies offering limited opening hours over Christmas and New Year, it’s important that people whose health relies on it don’t run out of medication.  But it can be easy to just order everything on a prescription at once - even if patients don’t really need to.

Publication of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s  Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for developing local health and social care services over the next five years has been published today, Thursday 15 December 2016, for further public discussion and feedback.

This follows on from a series of ten “Conversation Staffordshire” and “Conversation Stoke-on-Trent” events hosted by both local Healthwatch organisations during November and December.  Full reports on the events will be made available by Healthwatch. 

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