Health awareness: Get purple and save lives

9600 people and their loved ones will face a pancreatic cancer diagnosis this year. And the numbers are set to increase. Early diagnosis is vital to saving lives, so it’s time to take urgent action by raising awareness of the disease.

Every day during Pancreatic Awareness Month, 1 – 30 November, there will be a short video about the people behind the disease including patient, carer, survivor stories as well as perspectives from nurses, surgeons, dietitians, supporters and researchers.

Marcus Warnes appointed as single Accountable Officer for Staffordshire CCGs

Health care leaders across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s clinical commissioning groups have announced the appointment of Marcus Warnes as their single joint Accountable Officer. 

As the current Accountable Officer for NHS North Staffordshire CCG and NHS Stoke-on-Trent CCG, Marcus will be stepping into the new role from the 1 November 2017 for five out of the six CCGs. He will be supported by Tony Bruce who will remain as Accountable Officer for East Staffordshire CCG until he leaves in March 2018. Marcus will then take on the role for East Staffordshire CCG.

Had a referral to a hospital or community service?

When you visit your GP with a health concern they may refer you to a hospital or community service to see a specialist. For example, if you are experiencing a skin or stomach issue your GP may refer you to a hospital or community service who will then decide what your next appropriate step will be.

This is done electronically between your GP surgery and the hospital or community service, known as a virtual appointment or virtual clinic. This currently includes any service for dermatology (via HealthHarmonie) or gastroenterology services (Cannock Chase Hospital and New Cross Hospital – run by Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust).

When the next appropriate step is decided you will be contacted by the hospital or community service. This often includes an appointment with a specialist or to have further tests.

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