Doctors want patients to breathe easy and get the best support for lung conditions

Medical leaders throughout Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire have this week been supporting the British Lung Foundation’s Breathe Easy Week.

The week lasts until Sunday and highlights the issues associated with lung conditions such as asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease).

Tackling these conditions and improving how they are managed is a priority to the county’s clinical commissioners who are currently developing a Staffordshire wide respiratory strategy.

World Awareness Day highlights danger of abuse to our elderly people

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Leading local doctors and nurses are using the opportunity to raise awareness and let people know what they can do to help prevent it.

 An increasing proportion of the population are elderly, with many depending on others for support.

 This makes them potentially vulnerable to abuse. The abuse doesn’t have to be physical. It can be emotional, sexual or financial. Neglect is also abuse.

 In Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent reported incidents of abuse are increasing – up 25% in the last 12 months to 5, 529 cases in Staffordshire, with a 6% increase in Stoke-on-Trent with 1,957 reports.

Health services in Stafford and surrounds: past, present and future

NHS Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for buying healthcare services.

Now patients and other interested members of the public can find out more about their activity in the last 12months and priorities for the year ahead with the publication of their Annual Report and Accounts for 2017/18 published today (right click to download).

It also explains how local people can get involved in how healthcare services are planned, delivered and monitored.

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