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The heartbreaking number of Brummie pensioners being diagnosed with depression 

26 Sep 18

Analysis of NHS data shows there were 209 new diagnoses of the mental illness in people aged 65 and over in our city in 2016/17…


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Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Tamworth 

24 Sep 18

Public and environmental health experts from Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands, the Health and Safety Executive, the NHS in Staffordshire and Tamworth Borough Council are jointly investigating two laboratory confirmed cases of Legionnaires…


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Tens of thousands waited more than four hours in A&E last year as experts warn pressure has ‘spiralled out of control’. 

24 Sep 18

More than 50,000 people waited four hours or more in AE at the Heart of England Trust last year, according to NHS England.


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The surprising amount Birmingham GPs earn 

24 Sep 18

NHS data released today shows the average pre-tax income for a family doctor in our region fell from 91,800 in 2015/16 to 91,600 in 2016/17…


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Public Invited to Dudley CCG’s Primary Care Commissioning Committee Meeting 

21 Sep 18

Members of the public are invited to attend the next Primary Care Commissioning Committee meeting, which will be held by the Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).


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How treating diabetes in Birmingham is costing the NHS millions 

21 Sep 18

Doctors in Birmingham and Solihull CCG wrote a total of 1.2m prescriptions for drugs used in treating diabetes during the 12 months to June…


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This is the thing most likely to hospitalise you in Birmingham 

21 Sep 18

There were 795 admissions to University Hospitals Birmingham NHS trust in 2017/18 because of assaults…


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Missed appointments cost University Hospitals Birmingham trust almost £8 million 

20 Sep 18

University Hospitals Birmingham trust has lost almost £8 million this year due to thousands of patients not turning up to appointments, figures show.


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Parents in Birmingham among least likely to vaccinate children – here’s why that matters 

19 Sep 18

New figures from the NHS have revealed that in the last year, just 79.9% of five-year-olds in our city received all their recommended vaccinations…


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Worrying warning issued to all parents who give young children paracetamol 

17 Sep 18

Paracetamol is recommended by the NHS to treat most kinds of childhood ailments…


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The staggering amount weight-loss medication is costing the NHS in Birmingham 

14 Sep 18

NHS data shows doctors from Birmingham and Solihull clinical commissioning group prescribed the drug orlistat 10,296 times in 2017/18…


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Non-Executive Director Opportunities at Dudley CCG 

14 Sep 18

At the Dudley CCG board meeting held last week, Dr David Hegarty, Chair gave thanks to outgoing Non-Executive Directors Steve Wellings and Julie Jasper whose term on the Board ends in March 2019.


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How to find out if you could get all your NHS prescriptions for free 

13 Sep 18

It usually takes 3minutes to check…


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Government cuts lead to 40% cut in BCC’s home care/enablement budget 

12 Sep 18

As Birmingham City  council managers spend £12million on consultants to tell them how to merge the service with NHS services in 2019/20, they propose to save a mere £2million at the expense of care workers’ working conditions.


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This is how much NHS property has been identified for new Birmingham houses 

11 Sep 18

An estimated 740 houses could be built on these sites…


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Emma Reynolds asks people to join organ donation register and to tell their families about their wishes 

9 Sep 18

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is asking people already on the register in Wolverhampton to talk to their family about organ donation and make it clear if they want to save lives.


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The number of complaints against Birmingham hospitals last year revealed 

6 Sep 18

New NHS data shows there were 660 new written complaints against University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust in 2017/18…


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Stephen Fry’s prostate cancer battle sparks surge in NHS referrals 

5 Sep 18

Matthew Swindells, national director for operations and information at NHS England, said there had been an extraordinary spike in demand in recent months…


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Dudley CCG Invites Public to attend Board Meeting 

5 Sep 18

Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group is holding its Board meeting next week and members of the public are invited to attend.


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Hospital appointment “no shows” are costing the NHS millions in Birmingham 

4 Sep 18

That works out as 549 every day, on average…


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Coventry emergency department ‘unsuitable’ for patients 

31 Aug 18

Inspectors rate the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust as requires improvement…


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National inspection body recognises UHCW’s progress 

31 Aug 18

One of the largest acute hospital trusts in the country, which runs one of the busiest major trauma units in the NHS, has welcomed a report from national inspectors.


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New era of integrated health and care to better support people to lead healthier lives 

29 Aug 18

HEALTH and care services across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are embarking on a new era of integrated working to ensure people are better supported to lead healthier and more independent lives.


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‘All we’ve done is tick a box’: the problems getting children in care mental health support 

28 Aug 18

by David Jones A recent report by the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) has highlighted chronic inadequacies within the NHS in addressing the mental health issues of children and young people, labelling the situation a “silent catastrophe…


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Trust sent patients up to 180 miles away 

27 Aug 18

The former South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust spent tens of thousands of pounds in a year by sending them away, with some having to travel as far as Somerset…


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NHS reveals 20 sure-fire ways to eat healthy – and save money 

25 Aug 18

Autumn is on the horizon, and with it comes hearty main courses, big breakfasts and cosy lunches…


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A final nail in the coffin of successive governments’ love affair with PFI? 

23 Aug 18

Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham (KONP) says, “It looks like we’ve won our campaign for a publicly-funded (non-PFI) Midland  Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick/West Birmingham!” The construction of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick …


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Lion Health rated ‘Outstanding’ by CQC Inspectors 

22 Aug 18

The Care Quality Commission has reported that the quality of care provided by Lion Health, is outstanding following an inspection in July 2018.


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Cautious welcome for a publicly funded Midland Met Hospital in Smethwick/West B’ham (no PFI!) 

22 Aug 18

Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham says, “It looks like we’ve won our campaign for a publicly-funded (non-PFI) Midland Met Hospital in Smethwick/West Birmingham!”  The construction of the Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick collapsed after …


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‘Enormous’ NHS pressure blamed for huge surge in cancelled operations at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. 

16 Aug 18

There has been a surge in the number of operations being cancelled at the last minute at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.


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Innovative local health and care hubs feature in new national report 

15 Aug 18

TWO local health and care hubs have been singled out as examples of innovation and excellence in a national report.


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Dental Hygiene advice to carers of people diagnosed with Dementia 

15 Aug 18

Stacey Quinton, Dental Nurse Specialist from Community Dental Services, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, will be joining BUDS on Tuesday 21 August 2018, 10.30 am to 12 noon, at South Staff Water Community Hub.


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The NHS tips which will help you lose weight safely and quickly 

14 Aug 18

There are countless eye-catching diets out there, but the science behind many is questionable, and some are even a risk to your health…


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Myth no.2 “Remainers don’t want to understand us” 

13 Aug 18

Leavers just need to be loved.


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Birmingham and Solihull Mental heath trust chief set to retire 

13 Aug 18

BIRMINGHAM and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust chief executive has announced that he will be retiring after six years at the Trust.


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The best GP surgeries in Birmingham – according to patients 

12 Aug 18

NHS England has released the latest finding of its GP Patient Survey -a huge ongoing poll involving more than a million people a year…


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Midwife becomes first non-medical member of staff to get an externally funded PhD Research 

10 Aug 18

Angela is a research midwife and is the proud mummy of a little girl who died from childhood cancer.


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Catherine up for major national award 

8 Aug 18

A trained nurse who’s been educating nursing and medical staff at University Hospital in Coventry for almost 20 years has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.


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Ending Poverty the Way to Better Health 

6 Aug 18

We must tackle the economic causes of ill health, says John Bird, and Martin Houghton-Brown praises the contribution of volunteers to the health service.


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Young People’s mental health is a ‘worsening crisis’ 

6 Aug 18

One recent report called the problem a “silent catastrophe” while a survey of teachers labelled it an “epidemic”.


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Seven tips to lose weight quickly – which the NHS endorses 

4 Aug 18

There are countless eye-catching diets out there, but the science behind many is questionable, and some are even a risk to your health…


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A Safeguarding Call 

3 Aug 18

The recent conclusion of an inquest in to the death in 2016 of Mr Luke Leggatt in Canterbury has given rise to a social media debate amongst police officers about the East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s reaction to Coroner’s process…


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Seven NHS tips to lose weight quickly – without damaging your health 

2 Aug 18

There are countless eye-catching diets out there, but the science behind many is questionable, and some are even a risk to your health…


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New Pharmacy First Scheme Launched in Dudley 

2 Aug 18

Dudley CCG are giving people in Dudley an extra option to get trained medical help to stay well with the launch of a new ‘Pharmacy First’ scheme.


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Antipsychotic drug prescriptions are soaring in Birmingham 

31 Jul 18

NHS data shows 192,576 prescriptions for the drugs were handed out in Birmingham and Solihull NHS area in the 12 months to May…


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Seven NHS tips to lose weight quickly – without damaging your health 

31 Jul 18

There are countless eye-catching diets out there, but the science behind many is questionable, and some are even a risk to your health…


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Birmingham and Solihull doctors sign off tens of thousands of sick notes in a year. 

31 Jul 18

Doctors from Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group signed 338 fit notes, on average, every day in the last financial year, according to NHS figures.


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Rangeways Road Running Ahead in Dudley Practice parkrun Initiative 

30 Jul 18

Rangeways Road Surgery is the first GP practice in Dudley and the West Midlands to be associated with parkrun via the Royal College of General Practitioners.


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Seven NHS tips to lose weight quickly and safely – without damaging your health 

30 Jul 18

There are countless eye-catching diets out there, but the science behind many is questionable, and some are even a risk to your health…


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Improving the health and wellbeing of the people in Sandwell and Western Birmingham 

30 Jul 18

Could you play a part in further developing integrated care in Sandwell and Western Birmingham? Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group is looking for people from local communities to be part of a group of patients and carers, who …







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