New hospital hotline introduced for inpatients

A hospital hotline has been introduced at a West Midlands trust to respond to concerns inpatients or their loved ones may have about care.  New Purple Points have been installed outside ward areas at Sandwell, City and Rowley Regis Hospitals,...

Parents urged to think pharmacist first for minor illness in their children

A major new public health campaign urges parents to consult a pharmacist first for minor illness, instead of GP or A&E 18 million GP appointments and 2.1 million visits to A&E for self-treatable conditions cost the NHS £850 million per year Using a...

West Midlands residents encouraged to use NHS 111 service to avoid unnecessary A&E visits

It is estimated that nearly three quarters of a million West Midlands residents (731,525) go to A&E each year who could have been helped by NHS 111 West Midlands residents are being urged to avoid unnecessary trips to A&E by...

Actors Sanjeev Bhaskar and Bhasker Patel urge community to take part in stroke survey...

Actors Sanjeev Bhaskar and Bhasker Patel are calling on South Asians to participate in a new survey by Public Health England (PHE) in conjunction with Asian and black media, to understand the current levels of knowledge about stroke. The survey...

A mum saves her daughter’s life with the best possible gift

Uzma Asgar from the Midlands gave her daughter the greatest gift of all this all at Christmas – she donated her kidney to save her little girl’s life. 12-year-old Azia Hassan had faced months of grueling dialysis as she waited...

Steak House in Acocks Green fined 50k

Ibrahim Grill and Steak House on Warwick Road, Acocks Green has been fined £50,000 for continuously using unhygienic wooden plates to serve food. The restaurant was first visited by Environmental Health officers in October 2016 after an alleged food poisoning...

Change4Life encourages families to make sugar swaps

A new Change4Life campaign has been launched by Public Health England encourages parents to cut down the amount of sugar their children consume by making one or more simple swaps. Eating and drinking too much sugar means extra calories, which...

Black Tea V’s Green Tea

It will always be the endless question of green tea vs black tea  as it is constant source of debate, but there are some hard facts about the benefits and downsides of these teas. Black Tea v’s Green Tea The two most...

Vulnerable adults urged to share their care experiences

WOLVERHAMPTON’S Health watchdog is urging adults classed as ‘vulnerable’ and their carers to speak out as part of an important new citywide project. The problem of vulnerable adults whose needs and voices can sometimes go unheard has been highlighted as...

NEW NHS Diabetes prevention programme

EMBARGOED TO 00.01 14 NOVEMBER 2017 – WORLD DIABETES DAY Mrs Baldev Ahluwalia, who lives in Sandwell, is just one of 7,485* people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the West Midlands. But thanks to the NHS diabetes prevention...