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Doctors look to join up health services in East Staffordshire

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 12, 2014

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LEADING doctors in East Staffordshire are to looking to work with patients to see how health care services can be improved throughout the borough.

Members of the public are also being invited to have their say during an event at Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium on Thursday, June 19. It is hoped that both groups can work together to discuss ways that care for elderly patients and those living with long term health problems can be improved.

Chair of East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group Dr Charles Pidsley told the Mail: “Like most other CCGs in the country we recognise that we have an increasing elderly population, which is going to double within the next 25 years. With that, it means we’ll have more people suffering with long-term conditions requiring treatment in the NHS.

“The plan is to work with these long-term conditions from an earlier stage, before they start deteriorating. Older people often need help with managing their conditions.”

The CCG will be focussing on long-term health issues such as heart conditions, asthma and diabetes, which has recently come under the media spotlight.

Dr Pidsley added: “It’s something that we feel must be given extra support. What we’ve found is that often people will suffer from more than one long-term condition, and they will attend separate appointments for each one. We want to create a more joined-up approach that will allow patients to receive treatment and advice within one consultation, which will avoid multiple appointments and also save money.”

Anyone wishing to attend the meeting at the Pirelli Stadium at 6.30pm on June 19 is asked to register by emailing janet.carr@staffordshireccs.nhs.uk or calling 0300 4042 999 extension 6852.

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