Top tips to keep good mental health and wellbeing on your mind during the Coronavirus outbreak

Looking after your mental health and wellbeing might be the last thing on your mind right now, but the coronavirus outbreak can lead people to having unexpected feelings of anxiety, stress and loneliness.

Get the facts right - Be aware of inaccurate information - COVID19 rescue packs

We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating (especially on social media) regarding special ‘rescue packs’ of antibiotics and oral steroids for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (or even for those who don’t have these conditions).

We would like to reassure you that patients who suffer with severe respiratory conditions already have these in place (along with the instructions how to use them). Oral steroids are powerful medicines and any decision to use them would need careful evaluation by a prescriber, usually a doctor or respiratory specialist nurse.

Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack unless this is something that has been previously agreed and prescribed by your medical team. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 or call 111 (online services should be used as a first choice) before doing anything else.

Important Information about Parsonage Street Walk-In Centre

The Parsonage Street Walk-In Centre in West Bromwich is closed until further notice.

Pharmacists dispense important advice for people in the Black Country & West Birmingham

Pharmacies are the first port of call for many with health concerns. Today they are dispensing some advice to ensure people continue to get the help they need as cases of COVID19 rise across the Black Country and West Birmingham.

Urgent: changes to the opening hours at Solihull Minor Injuries Unit (MIU)

As you will be aware, the NHS is currently facing an unprecedented situation regarding the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Due to the very low number of patients attending the Solihull MIU between 10pm and 7am (less than ten people), the decision has been made to temporarily close this service between these hours.

This happened from 10pm on Wednesday 18 March 2020.

 

Get clued up on Prostate Cancer

The local NHS are encouraging men across Sandwell and West Birmingham to get themselves checked early if they are experiencing any symptoms of prostate cancer. Latest figures show that an average of 51 men in every 100,000 died from prostate cancer each year in the area.

1 in 8 pregnant women in Sandwell and West Birmingham put their unborn babies at risk

Hundreds of women were recorded as smoking during pregnancy in Sandwell and West Birmingham last year, figures reveal. Ahead of No Smoking Day, 11 March, the local NHS is highlighting all the NHS support available to pregnant women to help them quit smoking.

West Midlands urgent and emergency care service shortlisted as a finalist for the HSJ Value Awards 2020

An initiative to integrate urgent and emergency care across the West Midlands has been shortlisted for a national award, it was revealed today (Tuesday 3 March).

The West Midlands Integrated Urgent & Emergency Care Service has been shortlisted in the ‘System or Commissioner Led Service Redesign Initiative’ category at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value Awards 2020.