Patients of GP practices in Sandwell and West Birmingham will soon benefit from receiving appointment reminders and health information via text message. If they have a smartphone patients will also be able to access information about their local health services via their mobile phone. Smartphones such as iPhone, Samsung and others currently account for more than 70% of all mobile phones in use in the UK. This percentage is rising rapidly offering a new way for GP surgeries to interact with their patients beyond traditional text messaging services.
With 91% of the UK adult population owning a mobile phone (77% in the 65-74 age group) practices can reach a significant number of their patients through this service. Text messages are free to receive for the patient. If patients choose to respond or access the smartphone service, they will be charged standard operator rates depending on their individual contract.
To benefits from these services patients are encouraged to hand in their mobile phone number to their practice. If patients have already their mobile phone number recorded with their GP, they will receive a text message to let them know that the service is running.
The Birmingham Peer Educator Blood, Bone Marrow and Organ Donation Project is the winner of the People's Choice Award chosen by local people as part of Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group’s Equality Awards.
The eight-strong team has been trained to empower the communities of Aston, Sparkbrook and Smethwick with kidney and related health information. The scheme has recruited more than 1,000 donors, a significant result which involved overcoming considerable challenges in tackling a sensitive and taboo subject.
Over 100 health professionals from all disciplines came together yesterday (17 February) to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).
The event, organised in conjunction with Barnardo’s and provider organisations across Sandwell and West Birmingham, aimed to help staff and clinicians spot the signs of exploitation at an early stage.
Delegates had the opportunity to hear a personal account of a family affected by CSE, as well as learn about the latest guidance on all aspects of exploitation, including online grooming, trafficking of children and sexual offences.
We also launched our short educational film, called Know the Signs. Produced in partnership with Chatback, it tells the story of a young person who is being exploited and her journey through health services.
TODAY marks the start of a 1000 day countdown to the opening of the new state-of-the-art hospital – The Midland Met.
Marking the event, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust has asked local representatives to unveil digital clocks at four main sites across the Trust to count down the 1000 days until the Midland Met is opened in October 2018.