New devices in every practice will help protect patients from stroke

Each GP surgery in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent is to be equipped with an innovative new mobile device that could help prevent the devastating impact of stroke.

It represents an investment that could benefit around 6,700 patients at risk of stroke, because of previously undetected irregular heart rhythms.

The AliveCor devices detect irregular heart rhythms quickly and easily, allowing patients to be referred for follow up care. Treatment is usually through blood-thinning medication to prevent clots that lead to stroke.

Take care in the garden this May Bank Holiday but know what to do if there is an injury

DIY and gardening accidents account for many thousands of hospital admissions every year.

Now GPs across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are asking people to make sure they know the best place to go in case of injury. It’s especially important as we head into another Bank Holiday with the gardening season in full swing.

Unfortunately, many people head for A&E when they could get more appropriate NHS help elsewhere.  Leading local GP Dr Mo Huda said: “Accident and Emergency departments often see people with cuts, sprains or other DIY-related problems during bank holiday weekends. Most of these can be treated quickly by one of our Walk In Centres instead.”

Please remember that A&E and 999 are for potentially life-threatening emergencies. There is a range of alternative NHS help available over the Bank Holiday, including:

Dying Matters Awareness week underlines why planning for end of life is so crucial

GPs from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are supporting Dying Matters Awareness Week.

The week runs until Sunday and draws attention to the importance of planning something that will happen to us all – the end of life.

It encourages people to talk about issues ranging from making a will to discussing funeral arrangements.

But doctors are especially concerned about making sure that plans are in place for patients who are nearing the end of life to be able to die as they would wish. 

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