Patients asked to share their views on proposed changes to variety of health treatment policies across Sandwell and West Birmingham

Patients and the public are being asked to share their views on proposed change to a variety of health treatment policies in Sandwell and West Birmingham. These include, for example, those relating to musculoskeletal treatments, assisted conception, breast implant revision surgery, assisted cough machines, acupuncture, treatment for port wine stain (birthmark), treatment for ear wax and treatment for snoring. 

Don’t forget to have your say on same day access to health services

There are a few weeks left to have your say on same day access to services for minor illness or injuries in Sandwell and West Birmingham.

Exams can test our stress levels – watch out for the signs

It’s A-level exam time and GCSEs are looming, all creating potential stresses and strains on mental health and prompting a call from NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to keep an eye out for the signs.

Boost for mental health services for new and expectant mums in the Black Country

Perinatal mental health services in the Black Country are set to benefit from more than £1.2m of national funding.

Patients continue to shape the future of Cancer Services across Sandwell and West Birmingham

Patients are being asked to help develop options for the future of some cancer services in Sandwell and West Birmingham. An event in West Bromwich next week on Thursday 16 May will be the third of a series of co-production events designed to ensure patient views influence the Cancer Review that is underway.

Time to get Sun Smart in Sandwell and West Birmingham

A scorching Bank Holiday weekend has sparked calls from health experts to take care while enjoying the sunny weather. The message comes as Sun Awareness Week gets underway on Monday, May 14 until May 20.

NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding people of the importance of sun safety, and encouraging everyone to stay safe in the sun as temperatures increase.

Get the right treatment over the May Bank Holidays

Patients are being urged to be ready for the May bank holidays by planning ahead for repeat prescriptions and using the most appropriate NHS service if they need medical help or advice.

Maternal Mental Health Matters

Mental illness in pregnant and postnatal women often goes unrecognised, undiagnosed & untreated, yet more than one in ten mothers in the UK will develop a perinatal mental illness.

Maternal Mental Health Matters Awareness Week, run by The Perinatal Mental Health Partnership (PMHP), is a week long campaign dedicated to talking about mental illness which occurs while women are pregnant or after childbirth.

During pregnancy and the year after birth women can be affected by a range of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, bipolar disorder, postpartum psychosis and post-traumatic stress disorder. These are collectively called perinatal mental illnesses.

Perinatal mental illness can be frightening, debilitating and isolating and can have a devastating impact on women and their families, at a very important time in their lives. These illnesses can make women very ill and in the most severe cases are life threatening: Suicide is one of the leading causes of maternal death in the UK.

There has been significant progress in knowledge and attitudes about tackling perinatal mental illness in recent years, and some areas of the UK have seen a growth in specialist services. NHS England is working to increase capacity and capability in specialist community and in-patient perinatal mental health services for women across England, backed by £365 million of investment.

This year, the theme is ‘Support For All’ and the campaign will be focusing on advocating for all families affected by Perinatal Mental Illness by helping them to access the information and help they require to enable recovery.

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May Bank Holidays 2018 Pharmacy opening in Sandwell & West Birmingham

The NHS is reminding people in Sandwell & West Birmingham where they can access expert medical treatment during the May Bank Holidays (Monday 7 May and Monday 28 May 2018).