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15.12.21 – Prescripsion Ordering, The Christmas Community Gift Appeal, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Trainees, Covid 19

Written by on 14 December 2021

Doctors in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are urging the public to order their repeat prescriptions NOW to avoid spending Christmas on the phone to NHS 111.

Over 200 people contacted NHS 111 urgent care phone lines last Christmas weekend to order emergency repeat prescriptions after running short of vital medication.

Medical Director for North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, Dr Steve Fawcett said: “Ordering and collecting prescriptions can take several days, which is why we are reminding everyone that this week is their last chance to order before the holidays.

Dr Fawcett also recommends stocking up the home medicine cabinet with a selection of winter health necessities to help treat many common illnesses and ailments in the comfort of your own home –  things such as plasters, pain relief, indigestion tablets, antihistimines  and something for an upset tummy.



Yesterday, based on an initial target of 100 when we started our appeal two weeks ago, The Hitmix team and listeners were proud to hand over 309 selection boxes plus some toys and stationery to the Christmas Community Gift Appeal.  This Appeal which is a partnership between Aspire Housing, Tesco and Stoke City Community Trust is now in its 10th year, has collected more than 100,000 toys for local children since it launched in 2011.  The appeal shares the gifts it received between 26 local charities for children in our area.


Health chiefs in Staffordshire are urging people to get vaccinated and get boosted after the Government announced changes to vaccine eligibility to help combat the spread of the Omicron variant.

More cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 are being confirmed daily. Over the weekend, the Prime Minister announced that anybody aged 30 or over can now book their Covid-19 booster two months after their second dose of the vaccine. This will be extended to over 18s from today.  Wednesday 15 December.

The Government has also announced new restrictions and guidance to help curb the spread of the Omicron variant. More information on the latest rules can be found at:


Fire fighter recruits from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are preparing for their passing out ceremony to conclude their training as a members of the service.

The recruits, aged from 21 to 53, started their challenging 15-week training in September.  Now they are due to be recognised for all their hard work in a special covid-safe ceremony on Friday 17 December at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service headquarters in Pirehill, Stone.

The training process includes: how to use hose reels, breathing apparatus, pumps and ladders as well as how to conduct a water rescue, carry out searches, work at heights, conduct manual handling, deal with hazardous materials and recover from trauma.

Anyone who is interested in finding out more about working with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service should visit the Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service website and search careers