As you will all be aware, we are now facing unprecedented times in the NHS, social care and as a country with the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. We want to make sure that everyone is kept as up to date as possible with what is going on locally in health and care, including any temporary service changes. As a result, Together We’re Better will be releasing weekly updates, like this one, with the latest information from across the health and care system across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Together We’re Better is the local health and care partnership and is made up of all NHS and local authority organisations, alongside voluntary and third sector organisation. All partners are working tirelessly to ensure that patients receive the best care possible, whilst keeping health and care staff and members of the public safe.

Many of you will have seen the country come together for the last two Thursdays to applaud NHS staff and carers in gardens, on doorsteps and from balconies. It is now more important than ever that partners also come together to work as a system, across health and care services. This will ensure that we are doing the very best for all residents within Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, as well as for staff.

We are expecting that nationally we will hit the peak of activity in the coming weeks and partners are doing everything possible to prepare for this.

Across the system, the latest updates are:

The most recent service changes are:

For the latest information on coronavirus, please visit the NHS and government websites