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South Staffordshire health centre champions health of community

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A South Staffordshire GP practice has been making great strides to look after the health of local people with a series of initiatives and fundraisers to help patients in the community.

Staff and supporters at Bilbrook Medical Centre, based in Brookfield Road, Wolverhampton, have been walking, baking and raising money to support diabetes and Alzheimer’s patients and provide their community with life-saving defibrillators - as well as spreading the word about good health and illness prevention.

Twelve members of staff took part in a memory walk event on Sunday, November 27, to raise £122 for the Alzheimer's Society, and practice staff competed in a fundraising bake-off on Monday, November 7, cooking up £304 for Breast Cancer Now's Wear It Pink campaign.

The practice also ran a very successful diabetes awareness event in Codsall, aimed at giving patients diagnosed with the illness in the last two years and people with more complex medical needs advice on how to manage their conditions.

More than sixty people attended the event at the Codsall council offices on Wednesday, November 30, which featured stalls manned by dieticians, Diabetes Nurse Specialists, support groups and local authorities.

Diabetes experts, including opticians and podiatrists, offered advice on foot and eye care and information about diet and exercise. The event even featured a diabetic buffet - showing patients that they could still enjoy cakes and biscuits if they were cooked in a different way - and gave them the opportunity to sign up for a leisure centre fitness programme.

The event, which also allowed stallholders and staff to network and share ideas, was regarded as such a success it was suggested that it be replicated across the locality.

The practice has also donated £1,200 on top of £300 raised by its patients' participation group to help fund one of two defibrillators being sited in Bilbrook village by the local authority.

Bilbrook Medical Centre Practice Manager Di Palfrey said: "We are proud to part of a team, and have a patient group whose drive and sociability helps to make a difference to our local community and raise money for good causes.“

The practice has been running in the community for more than 50 years and currently has around 7,700 patients. Bilbrook Medical Centre was rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission earlier this year following an inspection in March (2016).

If your child is ill over Christmas will you know where to go?

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Health leaders in south Staffordshire are urging those looking after children over Christmas to make sure they know about basic common illnesses so they know what to do if a child is unwell.

Winter illnesses are circulating and many GP surgeries will be closed over the festive period, so parents and carers should be ready deal with common childhood illnesses, such as coughs and colds.

Make sure that your medicine cupboard is well stocked with essentials such as pain relief, cough medicine and oral rehydration sachets, and make sure everything is in date.

Order your repeat prescriptions but think before you tick the box

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Health chiefs in Staffordshire are urging patients with repeat prescriptions to think about which medications they will need over the Christmas period and which treatments they no longer use. 

With GPs and pharmacies offering limited opening hours over Christmas and New Year, it’s important that people whose health relies on it don’t run out of medication.  But it can be easy to just order everything on a prescription at once - even if patients don’t really need to.

Publication of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan

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Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent’s  Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for developing local health and social care services over the next five years has been published today, Thursday 15 December 2016, for further public discussion and feedback.

This follows on from a series of ten “Conversation Staffordshire” and “Conversation Stoke-on-Trent” events hosted by both local Healthwatch organisations during November and December.  Full reports on the events will be made available by Healthwatch. 

Be prepared for Christmas and issue your repeat prescriptions now

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As Christmas approaches, there are lots of things to think about and medication needs can often get forgotten - but health chiefs are reminding patients to be prepared and stock-up now.

Many GP practices and pharmacies will have limited opening hours between Christmas and New Year, so Stafford and Surrounds, Cannock Chase and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are advising those with long-term conditions to order and collect their repeat prescriptions in plenty of time.

Repeat prescriptions can be ordered online by using GP Online Services, a simple website that can also be used to make and cancel appointments and view medical records.

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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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