School’s out, Stay active in Sandwell and West Birmingham

As kids across the country eagerly anticipate that final school bell signaling the official start of summer, parents grow anxious at the prospect of entertaining and funding six weeks’ worth of fun-filled family time. But health leaders from NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG have reassured mums and dads that there are numerous cost effective summer solutions right at their fingertips to keep the little ones busy indoors or out.

Healthy holiday packing for Sandwell and West Birmingham holidaymakers

Holidaymakers travelling abroad are being urged by Sandwell and West Birmingham health leaders to pack essential medical items in their suitcase to avoid a bad bout of diarrhoea, sunstroke or accidents spoiling their holiday.

Although holiday health may be one of the last things on people’s minds when packing, a visit to the local pharmacy before heading off either home or abroad should feature in everyone’s preparations.

People in Sandwell and West Birmingham urged to stay ‘sun safe’ this summer

With the school holidays about to begin, Dr Nick Harding from NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (SWBCCG) is urging people to take care when enjoying the sunshine.

Keeping active in the fresh air is good news for our health but exposure of unprotected skin to the sun’s harmful rays can cause serious problems including sunburn, heatstroke and even cancer.

Health leaders in Sandwell and West Birmingham support Heatwave campaign

GPs are supporting Public Health England’s Heatwave campaign to protect the population from heat-related harm to health by giving early advice and guidance in preparation for hot spells this summer.

Many of us welcome the summer, but high temperatures can be dangerous to people’s health, particularly the elderly, young children, those with physical or mental health problems, the homeless and people whose skin burns easily in the sun.

NHS warns parents to protect their children in the sun

It’s all too easy to get carried away when the sun is out and you’re enjoying time with your child.  But your child can easily burn if you don’t get it right.  So, Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is warning parents about the dangers of sun burn and what they can do to protect their child during the summer months.

Carters Green Medical Centre potential relocation

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG commission or buy local healthcare services and one of these is your local GP practice at Carters Green Medical Centre. You may be aware that we are working with you GP practice to further improve services to you and your family. These plans include a potential opportunity to relocate Carters Green Medical Centre to a new, modern state of the art building on land at the site of Sandwell Hospital in West Bromwich.

Heartlands Hospital Flooding in ED

The incident declared by Heartlands Hospital yesterday (14 June) has been ‎stood down and work is on-going to ensure that the Emergency Department is running as normal as soon as possible.

Latest update - Changes to Mental Health Services for those aged 0-25

Forward Thinking Birmingham as the new provider of mental health services for people up to the age of 25 in Birmingham.

Forward Thinking Birmingham’s range of services went live on 1 April 2016 and have updated the opening hours for the Pause drop-located at 21 Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 6BJ.

Opening hours for Pause are:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10am – 6pm
Wednesday from noon – 8pm
Saturday and Sunday – 11am – 4pm.

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