People in West Birmingham are being encouraged to check that they, their children and teenagers have had two doses of MMR vaccine following confirmation of cases of measles within Birmingham.
There is a 90 per cent probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between 9am Monday 11 December and 9am Thursday 14 December in parts of England. Cold weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.
If you need to contact your GP surgery today (11 December), please be aware that there may be delays in getting through on the phones and longer waits to be seen, due to the adverse weather and problems with surgery staff getting into work. Thank you for your patience.
The Met Office has issued an 'amber' weather warning for today (10 December) - where there is a medium chance of danger to life - with emergency services calling on the public to only use 999 in a genuine life-threatening emergency.
Travelling is becoming difficult for many, so residents should think about how they could best access any healthcare they need – and how to avoid a lengthy trip to an Accident and Emergency Department. The best option may be to stay at home to recover, to visit a pharmacy for treatment, use a walk-in or urgent care centre, or to call NHS 111 for advice and signposting to a healthcare service.
It always pays to be prepared – especially over the winter period when the weather can prevent us getting out and about. That’s why the advice from the NHS in the Black Country is to have a well-stocked medicine cabinet for times when you or your family are feeling under the weather.