Measles warning for young adults attending summer festivals

Young adults in Sandwell and West Birmingham planning to attend summer festivals are being urged to make sure they’re up to date with their measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) jabs. The plea has been issued by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as measles and mumps cases across England continue to rise.

Mass gathering events like festivals can be hot spots for measles and mumps as they present the perfect opportunity for the infection to spread. There has recently been an increase in measles and mumps cases across England, particularly in young people and children. There are also several large measles outbreaks across Europe.

Share views on dementia strategy

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group has launched an engagement campaign to help improve dementia services for local people.

The CCG recognises that work needs to be done to improve the dementia diagnosis rates in line with national figures. Dementia diagnosis rates for the CCG (September 2018) were at 61.8% with a target of 66.7% and a national average of 68.2%.

In collaboration with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, the Sandwell Dementia Action Alliance and other partners the CCG is working to develop a joint strategy for Sandwell.

GPs in Sandwell, Ladywood and Perry Barr opt to continue as a single commissioning group

GPs in Sandwell and West Birmingham have overwhelmingly voted to retain the current commissioning boundary of their local clinical commissioning group - Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG.

At an extraordinary meeting today (26 June 2019), the CCG's Governing Body heard that 71% of GP members had chosen to remain as a single CCG covering Sandwell, Perry Barr and Ladywood with a view to becoming part of a single commissioning voice for the Black Country and West Birmingham.

Public invited to find out more about how local health services are run

Patients and the public are invited to our next governing body meeting which takes place on Wednesday 3 July 2018 from 1.45pm – 4.00pm at Cradley Heath Community Centre, Reddal Hill Road, Cradley Heath, B64 5JG.

Combat loneliness in Sandwell and West Birmingham

Sandwell and West Birmingham residents are being encouraged to combat loneliness in the area by looking out for their neighbours and taking positive action ahead of Loneliness Awareness Week, which takes place from 17-21 June.

Response to GP at Hand Expansion

A spokesperson for NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG and NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG said: “We are very fortunate and proud to have good and high-quality general practice across Birmingham and Solihull.

“However, we recognise that workforce is our biggest challenge and are working extremely hard with our colleagues in general practice to develop solutions to address this; embracing new technology and innovation will be a key part of this.

Take action against Child Trafficking in Sandwell and West Birmingham

Sandwell and West Birmingham residents are being urged to spot the signs of child trafficking. Our CCG is raising awareness of the warning signs and how residents can take action.

NHS helps medically qualified refugees build new lives in Sandwell and West Birmingham

The innovative work that is being done to support medically qualified refugees to make a key contribution to the local NHS is being highlighted during Refugee Week by NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group.  Refugee Week runs from 17 – 23 June and celebrates the contribution of refugees.