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Claverley and Pattingham Surgery becomes first GP Practice to commit to becoming dementia friendly

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A Claverley and Pattingham GP Surgery has become the first in south Staffordshire to make a national commitment to support and transform the lives of people affected by dementia by becoming a dementia friendly practice.

With support from Lindsey Smith, Information Worker for the Alzheimer’s Society, Claverley and Pattingham Medical Practice, in Spicers Close Claverley, has joined the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA), which encourages and supports local communities and organisations across England to take practical actions to enable people to live well with dementia.

Healthwatch Staffordshire Needs Ambassadors

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Every health and care system in England has produced a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) showing how local services will become sustainable by 2020/21. The plans set out how health outcomes will be improved, how care and quality will be improved and how the health and care systems can be made financially sustainable. Local health and care systems came together in January 2016 to form 44 STP geographic 'footprints'. Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent were formed as one of these footprints and have worked together to produce the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP).

Be Clear on Cancer Abdominal symptoms

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There are a number of possible warning signs of cancer. For example, many people know that a lump in the breast could be a symptom of
cancer. But there are other warning signs too, including tummy troubles.

Persistent tummy troubles that can be possible signs of cancer include:

• Diarrhoea
• Being bloated most days
• Discomfort in the tummy area
• Constipation
• Nausea/feeling sick
• Blood in your poo

If you have any of these for three weeks or more, tell your doctor. If you notice any other unusual changes, such as a lump in the tummy area,
post-menopausal bleeding or unexplained weight loss, again, your doctor will want to know. These can also be signs of cancer.

The chances are it’s nothing serious, but any of these things could be a sign of something that needs treatment. If it is cancer, finding it early
makes it more treatable.

Don’t ignore the warning signs. If you’ve been suffering from tummy troubles such as diarrhoea, bloating, discomfort or anything else that just doesn’t feel right for three weeks or more, it could be a sign of cancer. Finding it early makes it more treatable. Tell your doctor.

If you would like more information why not visit one of the local roadshows:

Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 March at Cannock Shopping Centre

Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 March at the Guildhall Shopping Centre, Stafford

‘There’s no place like home’ for a quicker recovery and to ease the pressure on local hospital services

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Senior clinicians across Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent are appealing for families to help reduce the pressure on struggling services by supporting patients to return home from hospital as soon as they are ready.

Patients staying longer than necessary in hospital have added to the strain on A&E departments, which are already experiencing increased demand. This has caused even longer delays for patients who arrive requiring a bed.

South Staffordshire service helping older people to stay healthy and independent

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A pioneering health and information service launched across South Staffordshire is making great strides in supporting older people to stay healthy, safe and independent in their own home.

The Care Navigation Service is delivered by Age UK South Staffordshire and South Staffordshire Community and Voluntary Action (CVA).
It is a free service helping community health teams to increase the levels of access to information and support that people who are undergoing challenges in their lives can get in the local community.

The partnership programme is commissioned by Cannock Chase, Stafford and Surrounds and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula Clinical Commissioning Groups.

CCG Senior Primary Care Commissioning Manager Mark Jenkinson said: “Care navigation supports a range of health professionals to work with the voluntary and community sector to ensure vulnerable people get the right care in the right place at the right time.

“The programme works alongside local health, social care and voluntary sector teams to point local frail, older people -some of whom have long-term health conditions – in the right direction for support and allow them to live more independent and healthier lives.”

Patient referrals are made directly to the Care Navigator programme by community matrons, district nurses and social workers.

Case study

A woman in her late fifties living alone in Codsall with multiple complex health conditions was referred to the care navigator programme in May 2016.

She had moved to the area a few years ago to be closer to her daughter and family as her health was deteriorating, but although her supportive daughter lived close by she worked full time and was unable to visit during the day. The patient was struggling, feeling depressed and anxious about her future, and was lonely with no friends living locally.

The care navigators matched her with one of their volunteer buddies to offer friendship and reassurance and helped the patient to access Citizens Advice help with benefit payments and community information.

A local church representative invited her to the local weekly luncheon club, arranging minibus transport for her. The patient also joined the local craft club in Codsall Library and started to attend the ‘Forget Me Not’ club.

The buddy reported that the patient’s confidence and happiness had improved, that she had made friends and that she enjoyed attending the groups every week.

While the buddy has now been assigned to help someone else, she lives close by and is on hand should the patient need any help in an emergency and still meets the patient at one of the local groups.

Patients covered by the scheme:

Patients in the Seisdon Peninsula CCG registered with Wombourne Gravel Hill medical practice, Wombourne Dale medical practice, Kinver Moss Grove medical practice and Calverley medical practice (including Pattingham branch surgery)
Patients in the Stafford and Surrounds CCG registered with Penkridge medical practice, Brewood medical practice (including Wheaton Aston and Coven branch surgeries)
Patients in the Seisdon Peninsula CCG registered with Bilbrook medical practice, Perton Lakeside medical practice, and Tamar Medical practice (Perton), Featherstone medical practice and Russell house medical practice (Codsall)
Patients in the Cannock Chase CCG registered with Huntington, Essington, Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay medical centres

Contact us

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