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GPs urge patients to be aware of their blood pressure, a key health warning sign

GPs in Staffordshire are urging patients to be aware of their blood pressure and understand what high blood pressure means and the potential consequences.

They also want patients to be aware that there is usually a direct link between weight and high blood pressure, with people who are obese three times more likely to have high blood pressure. Losing weight can be an effective way of lowering blood pressure for many people.

Breastfeeding helps mothers and babies everywhere

World Breastfeeding Week takes place between 1-7 August and aims to increase the rate of breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.

Currently a national average of 73% mothers breastfeed at the time the baby is born. Locally the figures are:

  • Cannock Chase CCG                                                           63%
  • Stafford and Surrounds CCG                                             70%
  • SE Staffordshire & Seisdon Peninsula CCG                     62%

Patients in Staffordshire set to benefit from diabetes funding

Patients in Staffordshire are set to benefit from new investment into the treatment of diabetes as NHS England drives forward changes to support people to live healthier lives

The area’s clinical commissioning groups will receive £186,000 from a national pot of £42m which will be used to advance the care and treatment local diabetes patients receive this year.

Know the signs and know what to do during Diabetes Awareness Week

Diabetes Awareness Week runs until Sunday June 18, and this year the theme is ‘Know Diabetes, Fight Diabetes’.

To support this, doctors at South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are urging people to be aware of the symptoms so they can access support that is currently available for those who suffer from diabetes.

Be prepared for the late May Bank Holiday

As the late May bank holiday approaches next Monday (May 29) leading local GPs are reminding people to be prepared, whatever the weather.

Dr John James, Chair of South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group said: “An early visit to the local pharmacy to stock up with basic first aid items to help with minor ailments, such as stomach upsets, allergies, headaches, sunburn, insect bites, aches, sprains and strains should feature in everyone’s preparations.

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South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Group
Second Floor, Marmion House 
Lichfield Street, Tamworth
Staffordshire B79 7BZ

Working with Cannock Chase CCG and Stafford and Surrounds CCG

 

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