Coronavirus Statement for NHS trusts and CCGs

The NHS in Sandwell and West Birmingham and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. 

The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau within 14 days, follow the specific advice for returning travellers.

Digital strategy listening exercise

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (SWB CCG) commission (buy) health care services on your behalf. 

SWB CCG is creating a Digital Strategy, which aims to transform health and care delivery through the use of digital technology over the next five years. 

Part of this will be to help people keep themselves and their families healthy by using technology available to them and keep in touch with those that support them to manage their health condition.

Black Country and West Birmingham CCG's future form Listening Exercise - Phase 2

Following our successful listening exercise held in October of last year where you shared your views on the Future Form of the CCGs, we are proposing to build on that conversation with you and many local people and partners.  We are holding an other Listening Event on Wednesday 5 February 2020 and would like to invite members of the public, patients and local stakeholders to listen and share your views again.

First Patient Voice Partnership held in Urban Health Primary Care Network (PCN)

Local people attended the very first Patient Voice Partnership for Urban Health Primary Care Network on Wednesday 22 January in Ladywood Community Centre.

The event was a huge success with over 50 local patients coming together to hear more about their local Primary Care Network (PCN). The event attracted patients from the local area and including patients who are members of their local practice Patient Participation Group (PPG). It was great to see the diversity of the local population represented. Chris Vaughan, a local person and chair of the Broadway PPG welcomed everyone for attending and handed over to Dr Zaman, the Clinical Director for Urban Health PCN explained the context and background for PCNs and played a short video explaining the role of a Primary Care Network. In his presentation Dr Zaman covered the composition of the PCN.

Service to cut A&E visits from “frequent callers” in the Black Country a Success

Vulnerable patients are benefitting from a new frequent user project across the Black Country and West Birmingham.

The service offers a robust way of reducing avoidable frequent user activity to 999, NHS 111, A&E, and hospital admissions, freeing up front line resources to improve care for all patients and reduce costs and is being delivered by the Dudley CVS Integrated Plus social prescribing team and match-funded by Dudley CCG and the Department of Health.

Healthwatch 'Insight' public meeting - 23rd January

The next Health Watch Sandwell 'Insight' public meeting is on 23rd January at Jubilee Park Community Centre, Powis Avenue, Tipton.

For further details about the event, click here

To book a place, click here

We want to hear your views on the proposed future of Walk in Centres in Sandwell and West Birmingham

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who buy health and care services on behalf of patients in the Sandwell and West Birmingham area, need to make some changes to urgent care services. 

Mayor of Sandwell issues flu warning as cases continue to rise

The Mayor of Sandwell, Dr Ann Jaron and NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are calling on thousands of patients to get vaccinated as flu cases continue to rise across the country. The rate of influenza like illness (ILI) has increased in recent weeks and is above threshold levels for the first time this flu season*.

Nearly 30,000 people in Sandwell and West Birmingham remain at risk of flu this Christmas because they haven’t had their flu vaccination, new figures have revealed. Statistics show up to 31 October 2019, nearly 30,000 people within the at-risk groups in Sandwell and West Birmingham have not taken up the offer of the free flu vaccination.

Studies have proven the vaccine will help prevent flu in patients and reduce the length and strength of flu if caught. Flu viruses change every year so people need to update their vaccination each year to match the new virus.

Dr Ann Jaron, Mayor of Sandwell, said:

“I would urge anybody who is eligible to come and get your free flu jab, you just need to either ask at your place of work, your GP surgery, or your Pharmacy. If you are in a high-risk group, let your GP practice know when you have had your flu jab as your GP has the responsibility for checking that you have had it.”

Dr Ian Sykes, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:

It’s important that everyone who is eligible for the flu vaccine contacts their local GP practice or Pharmacy so they can be protected as soon as possible. Last year thousands of people in Sandwell and West Birmingham took unnecessary risks with their lives by not taking the steps to protect themselves. Flu is a serious, sometimes even life-threatening illness, which people can catch easily when it is circulating.”

Many people worry that the vaccine can give them the flu, but this isn’t possible as there is no live influenza virus in the vaccine. The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.

People should have the flu vaccine if they are:

  • 65 years old or over  
  • pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if taken ill.

The Mayor of Sandwell, Dr Ann Jaron and our CCG are calling on thousands of patients to get vaccinated as flu cases continue to rise across the country. The rate of influenza like illness (ILI) has increased in recent weeks and is above threshold levels for the first time this flu season.