543,000 funding boost to transform support for people living with and beyond cancer in Sandwell and West Birmingham

Macmillan Cancer Support has announced it will invest £543,000 into transforming cancer services in Sandwell and West Birmingham over the next three years.

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust have jointly secured the funding from Macmillan to develop a Living with and Beyond Cancer programme.

Black Country students supported to raise awareness of knife crime

Students in the Black Country are being supported by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and Fixers to raise awareness about the dangers of knife crime.

Joe Holdsworth and his friends have made a video called Real Knives, Real Lives which was launched at a Youth Police Summit in Birmingham on 11 December 2018.
It concentrates on the peer pressures which makes a young man carry a knife - and the terrible grief his father feels after he is killed.

£79.4m funding boost for NHS services in the Black Country

People living in the Black Country will benefit from a capital funding injection of £79.4 million to modernise and transform their local NHS services and healthcare facilities. The funding is part of a record investment of almost £1 billion to upgrade NHS services in England.

The funding boost will mean that a number of healthcare facilities across the Black Country will get much-needed upgrades ensuring local patients get the high quality care they deserve, in state-of-the-art, modern facilities.

Sandwell and West Birmingham patients benefit from CCG initiative to improve GP access

Every patient in Sandwell and West Birmingham now has access to extended GP practice services (including opening hours in the evening and at weekends) thanks to improvements introduced by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Village Medical Centre - back up and running as normal

The Village Medical Centre's phone lines are now back up and running as normal. Thank you for your patience.

Patients invited to have their say on improvements to same day access services in Sandwell and West Birmingham

Patients and the public are invited to have their say on proposed improvements to same day access health services in Sandwell and West Birmingham at two events in December. Same day access is when a person needs to seek medical help, advice or treatment for an urgent need on the same day.

The events are being held by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on 19 December at Sandwell YMCA, 38 Carter's Green, West Bromwich B70 9LG, from 1.30pm to 3pm, and 20 December at Summerfield Community Centre, Winson Green Rd, Winson Green, Birmingham B18 4EJ, from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Engagement activity was carried out by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG from 20 April to 1 June 2018. The aim was to listen to local people’s experiences of how current same day access services work for them, particularly around urgent care services and when they need to see a health professional on the same day

The CCG has now developed a solution to transform the quality of same day access care and is seeking to test this proposal with patients and the public to ensure that this fully meets their needs for the future.

The proposal includes:

  • Same day access service available 8am - 8pm, seven-days a week with out of hours booked appointments and home visits

  • The service will replace existing walk-in service

  • Access to same day, routine bookable and walk-in appointments

Dr Nick Harding, Chair of NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said:

“Patients are at the heart of everything we do, so we do hope that local people will take this opportunity to give us their views on our latest proposal to continue the transformation of healthcare in Sandwell and West Birmingham.

“Changes to our current same day access services are crucial because the majority of patients would prefer to be seen closer to home and we know that patients want to access services at a time and place that suits them. There is also a reduced demand for Walk-in Centres due to improvements in access to general practice.

“It was vital that we also considered the impact that any changes to same day access services may have on carers and seldom heard groups. So, we have attended a number of meetings recently with key groups to share our plans and listen to their views.”

Patients and the public are invited to have their say on proposed improvements to same day access health services in Sandwell and West Birmingham at two events in December. Same day access is when a person needs to seek medical help, advice or treatment for an urgent need on the same day.

Sandwell and West Birmingham residents invited to hear how health services are developing

Patients and the public are invited to our next Governing Body Meeting, which takes place on Wednesday 5 December from 1.45PM - 3.45PM at The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich, B70 9LD.

Top tips to keep merry without getting too merry this Christmas

The festive period is a time of indulgence for many, and NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group is offering some top tips when it comes to drinking this Christmas.

The CCG is supporting Alcohol Concern’s theme ‘Change’, which launched last week as part of Alcohol Awareness Week.

Breathe easier and seek treatment on World COPD Day

People with breathing difficulties in Sandwell and West Birmingham are being called upon to take action on World COPD Day to ensure that their condition is treated.

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting World COPD Day, which takes place on 21 November 2018 to raise awareness of the condition and encourage sufferers to take action.