Taking 111 to the next level

Plans that will eventually see the full integration of the 999 and 111 services in the West Midlands (except Staffordshire) have taken an important step forward with the 111 service transferring to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The change, which took place yesterday at noon, is the first step of a process that will lead to significant improvements for patient care through fully integrating NHS urgent and emergency care services.

Enjoy Bonfire Night safely

Make sure to enjoy your Bonfire Night celebrations safely – that’s the message from local health leaders in Sandwell and West Birmingham

On the 5th of November, many of us will be celebrating Bonfire Night with fireworks, sparklers and of course, bonfires. But whilst enjoying the festivities, it’s important to take steps to avoid any accidents and injuries.

Men encouraged to start talking about mental health this November

November is Men’s Health Month in the UK, and is an opportunity for people to discuss health issues that affect men across the country.

People in Sandwell and West Birmingham asked to ‘think pharmacy’

This autumn and winter, including October half term, health leaders from Sandwell and West Birmingham are encouraging people to visit their local community pharmacy for helpful health advice.

Reminder to regularly check for signs of breast cancer

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, local health chiefs at NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging women to familiarise themselves with the symptoms of breast cancer and to be aware of how to check themselves for these symptoms.

Spread the word this Sunday on Osteoporosis

Few people in the UK really understand what osteoporosis is. Even fewer understand the impact it has on real lives. So, this Sunday 20 October is World Osteoporosis Day where everyone is being urged to work together to raise awareness among our society and reduce the number of people whose days are destroyed by this debilitating condition.

Thousands urged to protect their health before deadly flu virus hits

Over 70,000 patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham put their health at risk last winter by not having their flu jab,

Speak up this World Mental Health Day

In conjunction with World Mental Health Day on 10 October, health bosses in Sandwell and West Birmingham are encouraging people to look after themselves and open up about any issues they may be dealing with.