August Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening Times

The August bank holiday falls on Monday 31st August.

Wherever you can, you should always try to pick up repeat prescriptions early when there are bank holiday weekends. This will ensure you won’t run out of your essential medication over the weekend.

To ensure that you’re properly prepared we’ve put together a list of pharmacy opening times over the bank holiday weekend.

Extra chance to have a say on non-emergency patient transport services

People across Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell now have an additional opportunity to discuss proposals to create a new non-emergency patient transport service.

An extra drop-in session has been added to those taking place over the next week to enable patients across the West Midlands to give their views on the proposed new service.

New leader tasked with transformation of health services for local people

The partnership created to deliver high quality care for patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham has a new leader at the helm - Robin Morrison has been appointed as the Independent Chair of the Right Care Right Here Partnership.

Award-winning organisation continues to support the people of Sandwell

IMG 0118NHS leaders from Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG marked the culmination of National Carers Week by joining Sandwell’s Mayor, Councillor Barbara Price, in a visit to an award-winning local carer support organisation.

Carers Advice & Resource Establishment, Sandwell (CARES), based in Smethwick, was set up 29 years ago as a telephone helpline to support unpaid family carers. Since then, the organisation has dealt more than 2000 queries and helped carers claim £1m in benefits.

July event to showcase revolutionary mental health services for 0-25s

The people of Birmingham will soon be invited to a very special event on Tuesday 7 July where ForwardThinking Birmingham, the city’s new mental health service provider for 0-25s, will showcase their new service at Edgbaston Stadium.

Download the event flyer pdf here (144 KB) .

New Website for Birmingham Public Health

The Birmingham Public Health team have updated their webpage in order to keep all of Birmingham and the rest of the country updated on what they do and what they are planning to do in the future.

It also contains lots of information on healthy lifestyles, drugs & alcohol, sexual health and a news and events page. The address is: and you can also follow them on Twitter -

Dr Nick Harding, Birmingham doctor and Chair of Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG awarded OBE in 2015 Queen’s Birthday honours

nick harding FDr Nick Harding was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours today with an OBE for services to healthcare in Sandwell and West Birmingham and playing an influential national role for transformation in general practice.  

NHS 111 Virtual Patient Network: Recruiting now!

Sign up today! NHS 111 West Midlands are recruiting patients to test a variety of new initiatives and get involved in the future of the service. We are continually striving to develop a service that meets the needs of our diverse population, and we can only do this by involving you! Our Virtual Patient Network has been set up to gain your valuable feedback and act as a test bed for innovation and service development. For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0121 612 3801.

Follow the link to register:

Heatwave Plan 2015

The 2015 Heatwave Plan has been issued by NHS England.

The Plan supports health, social care and voluntary organisations to respond during hot weather conditions. The overall aim is to reduce summer deaths and illness. For more information on how to stay cool and well during hot weather visit