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Keep children well this half term 

21 Feb 18

With the half term holidays upon us, local doctors in Birmingham and Solihull are reminding everyone of the range of health services available and tips on keeping your family well.


Blog feature
NHS management consultants worsen a service already under pressure, research finds 

21 Feb 18

Millions of pounds are being wasted each year on NHS management consultants who are causing a service already under pressure to be less efficient rather than making things better, according to new research published in the journal Policy Politics …


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Trust’s annual Baby Memorial Service to take place on Sunday, February 25 

21 Feb 18

Parents who have lost a baby or small child this year are invited to UHCW’s annual Baby Memorial Service.


Rugby
Boris Johnson urged to scrap plans for a bridge to France and spend the money on the NHS 

21 Feb 18

Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood tells Boris to spend the money on the NHS, but Foreign Secretary says taxpayers won’t have to pay for the bridge…


News
Nearly 250k heart attacks preventable in West Midlands in last 5 years 

20 Feb 18

NEARLY 250,000 heart attacks could have been prevented in the last five years in the West Midlands, according to the NHS.


Blog feature
New Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) Consultation 

19 Feb 18

Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) is developing a new Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).


News
Pioneering robotic-arm assisted surgery at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital 

15 Feb 18

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham is the first NHS hospital in the country to introduce robotic-arm assisted surgery.


NHS
Speak to your pharmacist to stay well this winter 

13 Feb 18

Local doctors in Birmingham and Solihull are urging patients to visit their local pharmacist this winter for advice on common health complaints to help family doctors spend more time with seriously ill patients.


NHS
Speak to your pharmacist to stay well this winter 

13 Feb 18

Local doctors in Birmingham and Solihull are urging patients to visit their local pharmacist this winter for advice on common health complaints to help family doctors spend more time with seriously ill patients.


NHS
Dan’s hoping it’s third time lucky for top hospital radio award 

13 Feb 18

Coventry Hospital Radio presenter Dan Sambell has been nominated in the Best Male Presenter category at the National Hospital Radio Awards for the third year in a row.


NHS
Sepsis and Me 

13 Feb 18

Public Health Coventry, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) and The Sepsis Trust have teamed up to create a month of awareness-raising about Sepsis throughout February.


News
The number of hospital admissions for eating disorders has doubled in six years 

13 Feb 18

Data from NHS Digital show admissions for conditions including anorexia and bulimia reached 13,885…


News
Inquiry into rogue surgeon Ian Paterson could investigate his medical colleagues 

13 Feb 18

The Kennedy report looked into the response to concerns raised about Paterson at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust…


Local news
Life-extending cancer drug approved for NHS use – but not in England 

12 Feb 18

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) approved pembrolizumab…


News
Parents urged to take sick children to pharmacies – not GP or A&E 

12 Feb 18

NHS England said there are 18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million visits to AE for self-treatable conditions every year…


NHS
TB or not TB, that is the question 

12 Feb 18

A series of events are taking place across Birmingham to screen eligible people who may be carrying TB without them knowing it.


NHS
TB or not TB, that is the question 

12 Feb 18

A series of events are taking place across Birmingham to screen eligible people who may be carrying TB without them knowing it.


NHS
Birmingham and Solihull CCG appoints permanent Chief Executive 

12 Feb 18

NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed Paul Jennings to the role of Chief Executive.


NHS
Birmingham and Solihull CCG appoints permanent Chief Executive 

12 Feb 18

NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed Paul Jennings to the role of Chief Executive.


Local news
Millions of arthritis sufferers to benefit from ‘miracle jab’ – and it may save the NHS billions 

12 Feb 18

Arthritis sufferers across the country are set to potentially benefit from the jab…


News
PCC says plans for examination of child abuse victims need a rethink 

11 Feb 18

STAFFORDSHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis says he wants a rethink of plans from NHS England to move where child victims of serious sexual abuse are examined.


Rugby
Birmingham NHS worker Tai to appear on Take Me Out 

9 Feb 18

A Brummie is set to appear on the show this weekend – airing from 7pm on Saturday, February 10…


News
Brits are officially now more worried about NHS than terrorism 

9 Feb 18

The figure was also higher than those who expressed concern over the country’s economic future following Brexit (27…


News
Jeremy Hunt describes this winter as “worst ever” for the NHS 

8 Feb 18

The Health and Social Care Secretary said the flu outbreak had been very, very tough…


News
Donald Trump and Theresa May dodge row over NHS in talks 

6 Feb 18

The two leaders talked about a new US law allowing American authorities to access data held overseas in order to tackle crime and terrorism…


Blog comment
Confusion following Walsall NHS Clinical Commissioning Group’s changes to nine GP practices 

6 Feb 18

Have had some responses following yesterday’s article on “Changes to nine GP practices in Walsall.


Blog comment
Changes to nine GP surgeries in Walsall 

5 Feb 18

Have just received some important information from NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group about changes to 9 GP surgeries in Walsall.


Blog comment
Should we have special tax to fund the NHS? 

5 Feb 18

Many people agree the NHS needs more money but there’s less agreement about how to pay for it…


News
Should we have special tax to fund the NHS? 

5 Feb 18

Many people agree the NHS needs more money but there’s less agreement about how to pay for it…


Blog feature
Voluntary Sector invite to CCG Engagement Briefing 

5 Feb 18

The CCG has issued the following invitation: The Voluntary Sector is invited to join Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Local Authority colleagues to discuss the work starting to evolve around the integrated care agenda.


News
How to save hundreds on your NHS prescriptions with this little-known trick 

4 Feb 18

Up to 18 items could be cut including certain travel vaccinations, some antidepressants, some supplements and herbal treatments…


NHS
Make a pledge to take action on World Cancer Day 

2 Feb 18

People in Birmingham and Solihull are being encouraged to make pledges to take action against cancer as part of a worldwide awareness event.


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

2 Feb 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).


Blog politics
Steve McCabe to demand changes for couples denied access to IVF 

1 Feb 18

Headshot.


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It’s ‘Time to Talk’ about mental health 

31 Jan 18

A campaign to encourage people to speak openly about mental health issues is being supported by NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).


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Students invited to get on board with healthy thinking 

30 Jan 18

Our healthy campervan tour gets underway tomorrow (30/1), at Birmingham University, to help educate local students on how to Stay Well This Winter and to choose the right services first time.


NHS
Hospital Trust launches new website 

29 Jan 18

Patients and visitors can expect to find information about their visit to hospital much easier thanks to a new website which is launched today (Monday 29 January).


NHS
St Cross staff roll up their sleeves to give blood 

29 Jan 18

Caring staff from the Hospital of St Cross have been donating blood at the Benn Hall in a bid to save patients’ lives.


Blog comment
Carillion and the Midland Metropolitan Hospital PF2 project 

27 Jan 18

For over two years, Keep Our NHS Public Birmingham has campaigned on the whole question of a (part) privately-funded (PF2) hospital and the involvement of Carillion.


NHS
It’s not too late for the flu jab 

25 Jan 18

The NHS in Birmingham and Solihull is calling for more patients who are entitled to the free flu jab to come forward; it’s not too late to get the flu jab.


NHS
Extra week to enter Solihull Together awards 

25 Jan 18

Organisers of the Solihull Together 2018 Awards have extended the closing date and are encouraging people who live and work in Solihull to keep the nominations rolling in until Monday 5 February.


News
George Eliot Hospital ‘requires improvement’ say inspectors 

25 Jan 18

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust ‘requires improvement’ overall, according to inspectors.


Blog social media
grrrr, damn, what’s gdpr got to do with pr? 

23 Jan 18

GDPR – you’ve all heard of it – comes into force this May.


Local news
NHS spending: savings can be made on branded drugs 

23 Jan 18

Photo by Petr Kratochvil / Filed under CC0 Public Domain Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Birmingham are  spendin g a lot more on branded drugs where they could possibly prescribe cheaper alternatives.


News
Smear test plea for women in Birmingham and Solihull as screening attendance falls 

23 Jan 18

Women in Birmingham and Solihull are being reminded of the importance of attending regular smear tests for cervical cancer as latest figures reveal that attendance of cervical screening in England is the lowest for two decades.


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Smear test plea for women in Birmingham and Solihull as screening attendance falls 

23 Jan 18

NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are supporting the #SmearForSmear 2018 campaign…


News
Smear test plea for women in Birmingham and Solihull as screening attendance falls 

23 Jan 18

NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are supporting the #SmearForSmear 2018 campaign…


NHS
Smear test plea for women in Birmingham and Solihull as screening attendance falls 

23 Jan 18

Women in Birmingham and Solihull are being reminded of the importance of attending regular smear tests for cervical cancer as latest figures reveal that attendance of cervical screening in England is the lowest for two decades.


NHS
Dudley CCG consultation on the proposal to close Coombswood and Tenlands Road Surgery 

22 Jan 18

Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a public consultation on the proposal from Stourside Medical Practice to close their branch surgeries.


NHS
Mental health charities awarded contract to support Birmingham people with their recovery and into employment 

22 Jan 18

Three of the region’s leading mental health charities have come together in a unique partnership which is set to support thousands of local people with their recovery and a move into meaningful employment; Better Pathways, Birmingham Mind …







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