Over 60? Don’t ignore constipation

The CCGs across Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire are launching a campaign to provide self-care advice for the elderly to treat constipation. The campaign launched on Tuesday 8 May with a press release and social media activity and is now being shared with GP practices, care homes and other stakeholders.

The purpose of the campaign is to share advice on constipation primarily to elderly people and to their carers, but also to care homes. The campaign will run across the six Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs (Cannock Chase, East Staffordshire, North Staffordshire, Stafford and Surrounds, South East and Seisdon Peninsula, and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs).

Recognising that constipation is a condition that can be self-managed or treated adequately within primary care settings and the community, the campaign aims to reduce gastro admissions for the over 60’s who have been admitted with constipation as a primary or secondary diagnosis.

Further information is available on the CCG websites (the links below are to the campaign page and press release on North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCG’s website, but the same information is also on the other Staffordshire CCGs’ websites).

North Staffs CCG:

campaign page - https://www.northstaffsccg.nhs.uk/your-services/what-you-need-to-know/over-60-don-t-ignore-constipation

press release - https://www.northstaffsccg.nhs.uk/news-events/617-if-you-can-t-go-then-act-now-gps-warn-constipation-is-no-laughing-matter

Stoke-on-Trent CCG:

campaign page – https://www.stokeccg.nhs.uk/stoke-your-services/what-you-need-to-know/over-60-don-t-ignore-constipation

press release - https://www.stokeccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/618-if-you-can-t-go-then-act-now-gps-warn-constipation-is-no-laughing-matter