Enjoy bank holiday weekend fun without a trip to A&E

With a bank holiday on the horizon, health chiefs from Stafford and Surrounds Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging local people to avoid A&E by enjoying the time out and only attending hospital A&E if it’s a life threatening emergency.

Dr Paddy Hannigan, Chair of Stafford and Surrounds CCG and a GP at Holmcroft Surgery said: “The last bank holiday of the summer is around the corner and I’m sure the last thing anyone wants over the long weekend is for family or friends to spend their time in A&E, especially if the problems that have occurred are of a non-life threatening emergency. 

Stafford patients urged to join the war on antibiotic resistance

Patients in the Stafford area are being urged to use antibiotics responsibly to keep them in good health and prevent disease-resistant infection from spreading.

Antibiotics are a vital tool for treating infections such as pneumonia, meningitis and tuberculosis and for preventing infections during surgical procedures and cancer treatment. However, the more antibiotics are used the less effective they become because overuse gives resistant bacteria a greater chance to survive and spread.

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.

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