Festive reminder for patients to order repeat prescriptions

Sandwell and West Birmingham residents are being urged not to leave it too late to order their repeat prescriptions this Christmas and the local NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is issuing this reminder so that local patients can have a healthy Christmas not having their medicines.

Last year the NHS 111 call centre was inundated with requests from people who had left it too late to order their medication.

Non-emergency patient transport

It has been an extremely busy year as the four Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have taken forward plans to commission a new non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) service, which will start on 1 May 2017.

As announced in October, the new five-year NEPT service will be operated and managed by West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (WMAS). The CCGs’ investment in the contract has provided WMAS with the resources to purchase a new fleet of vehicles, which will help improve patient comfort and the trust has identified two sites where the vehicles will be garaged and located for dispatch in Birmingham.

Medical advice over Christmas from NHS 111

The presents are wrapped under the tree, turkey dinner and trimmings prepped, you’ve even remembered to pick up an extra bottle of wine for the surprise visit from a distant relative,  but do you know where to access medical advice if it is needed on Christmas Day?

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG is reminding local residents to call NHS 111 for help and advice over the festive period, helping to reduce the seasonal stresses and even save lives.

In December last year, there were 1,362,161 calls to the NHS 111 service in England, this is an average of 43,941 per day.

Sandwell and West Birmingham Walk-in Centres open for longer

To help our patients over the Christmas and New Year, the two local Walk in Centres will be open longer hours.  

Normally, the Walk-in Centres are open 8:00 am – 8:00 pm and will be open from the 27 December 2016 through to the 4 January 2017, between the hours of  8:00 am to 10:00 pm, seven days a week.

The two centres are located:

  • Sandwell Walk-in Centre, Parsonage Street, West Bromwich, B71 4DL
  • Summerfield Urgent Care Centre, 34 Heath St, Birmingham B18 7AL

If you or your family are feeling ill or need advice, you can always call NHS 111 free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   The NHS 111 service can also be contacted should your GP practice be closed when you need to see a GP.

Also remember that your Pharmacist can offer advice and medicines over the counter during longer opening hours or when your GP practice is closed

Understanding Vulnerable Communities Training

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG has developed an exciting new learning and development opportunity for health professionals, front line staff and the public.

Christmas and New Year Pharmacy Opening Times 2016

To find your nearest pharmacy that is open over the Christmas and New Year period, please see the table:

Plans published for better health and care in the Black Country and West Birmingham

Health and social care organisations in the Black Country and West Birmingham are today publishing their proposals to transform local services.

The proposals – known as the Black Country Sustainability and Transformation Plan –involve making some common sense changes to services so that local people get the treatment they need as quickly as possible.  

Andy Williams, Black Country Sustainability and Transformation Plan Lead, says:

“In the Black Country and West Birmingham we have a diverse and changing population and demand for health and care services is growing and evolving. We need to work together to meet these challenges within a tight financial envelope. The Sustainability and Transformation Plan enables us to do this in a way we could not do as individual organisations.

Local commissioning group inform their community about World Antibiotic Awareness Week

MHabiba Pathan local resident and Jamila Dhansey Medicines Quality Technician SWB CCGonday 14 November marked the start of World Antibiotic Awareness Week and a local commissioning group is taking the message out to its community.

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is going out into the local community this week in a bid to increase awareness of antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practice among the general public and health workers.