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Procedures of Lower Clinical Value (PLCV)

Some routine procedures are known as ‘Procedures of Lower Clinical Value’ (PLCV). PLCV refers to procedures that are of value, but only in the right circumstances. The main objective for having PLCV policies is to ensure:

  • Patients receive appropriate health treatment, in the right place and at the right time.
  • Treatments with no, or a very limited evidence base are not used.
  • Treatments with minimal benefits to health are restricted. 

Level 3 cold weather alert issued, ice and snow showers expected

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 cold weather alert across Sandwell and West Birmingham, and Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking you to take look out for others and to take extra care during the cold weather.

A Level 3 alert is triggered when severe weather is occurring, meaning average temperatures have dropped to 2°C and widespread ice is present.

Healthy mind and body MOT for 2017!

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are beating the January blues with a mind  and body MOT this 2017. After all, what better New Year’s resolution could there be than to enjoy a positive and healthy outlook on life?

There are lots of ways to beat the dreaded January blues, including improving your eating habits, introducing a new fitness regime and incorporating Mindful techniques into your daily routine. By focusing on these areas, and spending time with loved ones your whole outlook could shift - and could positively affect your home, social and work life.

Medical advice over Christmas from NHS 111

The presents are wrapped under the tree, turkey dinner and trimmings prepped, you’ve even remembered to pick up an extra bottle of wine for the surprise visit from a distant relative,  but do you know where to access medical advice if it is needed on Christmas Day?

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG is reminding local residents to call NHS 111 for help and advice over the festive period, helping to reduce the seasonal stresses and even save lives.

In December last year, there were 1,362,161 calls to the NHS 111 service in England, this is an average of 43,941 per day.


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