Help Us, Help You – Get It Seen To
There are a number of NHS services available to help you this winter; for example you can ask a pharmacist for advice on minor ailments and illnesses to help prevent them from getting worse; contact NHS 111 if you think you need medical attention urgently but it’s not life-threatening; or access appointments with GPs, nurses or other healthcare professionals available in the evenings and weekends, either at your local practice or another nearby NHS service
Staffordshire county council have released information that demolition of a former care home is due to begin later this month.
Once cleared, the site remains earmarked to become a health centre and the new home of the Darwin Medical Practice. For further information please follow the link provided
Its that time of year where viruses like to come out and play havoc with our health. We are contacting patients who are eligible for Flu and Shingles vaccinations.
The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.
You should have the flu vaccine if you:
- are 65 years old or over
- are pregnant
- have certain medical conditions
- are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
- receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
You're eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 or 78 years old.
In addition, anyone who was previously eligible (born on or after 2 September 1942) but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday.
When you're eligible, you can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year.
The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 or over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.
Thank you to all the patients who attended their appointments in the month of December 2019. Unfortunately 325 appointments were wasted due to non-attendance.
If you are unable to keep your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible so that we are able to offer it to someone else.
Your co-operation is much appreciated.
Together We're Better People's Panel
Together We’re Better is the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. It is a partnership of NHS and local government organisations, alongside independent and voluntary sector groups, that is working together to transform local health and care services.
They will shortly be launching a People's Panel to enable people across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to play an active role in helping to improve local health and care services for the benefit of everyone. Wherever you live and whatever your background, your experiences are important and can help to make a difference. This will involve participating in regular online surveys that are short and interesting to complete and aimed at supporting our health and social care partners to change services for the better. Members will be provided with a summary of the findings from each survey and what they’ll be doing as a result.
Click here for more information. If you are interested in joining the panel then please email TWBcomms@staffordshire.gov.uk using the subject header 'People's Panel'.