Health News

People With Hidden Disabilities Could Enjoy New Freedom With Blue Badge Changes

Consultation expanding the Blue Badge criteria released. People with hidden disabilities could soon have greater access to blue badges under new plans from Transport Minister Jesse Norman today (21 January 2018). The proposals, which would herald the most significant changes since the blue badge was introduced in 1970, would help remove barriers to travel for people […]

UK Flu Levels Remain High According To Statistics

The latest Public health England (PHE) report published at 14:00 today shows that seasonal flu activity levels have continued to increase in the last week across the UK but various indicators show the rate of increase is slowing. The statistics show over the last week there has been an 11% increase in the flu hospitalisation […]

Urgent Action Needed Across The UK Care Home Market

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has today published its final findings following an extensive review of whether the residential care homes sector is working well for older people and their families. The year-long market study has found that: The current system for providing care is not sustainable without additional funding. The CMA’s financial analysis […]

SSOTP Recognised At National Patient Experience Awards

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust has been recognised at an awards ceremony celebrating the delivery of outstanding patient experience by those in health and social care. The Community NHS Trust, one of the UK’s biggest integrated health and social care providers, was selected as a finalist in two categories at the national […]

CCGs Win Funding To Launch Innovative Online Services For Elderly Patients

Health commissioners in northern Staffordshire have been awarded £272,000 to set up an innovative service linking GPs with their elderly patients and care home staff through online video technology. Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire CCGs have been given £136,000 each by NHS England to buy equipment for their ‘Making Technology Enabled Care Services (TECS) a Reality […]

Top Food Hygiene Rating For County Hospital

A recent unannounced food hygiene inspection at County Hospital by Stafford Borough Council Food Inspectors has resulted in the hospital being given the highest rating under the national food hygiene rating scheme. The hospital kitchens have recently undergone a £2m investment, as part of a hospital-wide investment programme by the University Hospital of the North […]