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Advice for our patients ahead of the Junior Doctors’ Strike

April junior doctors' strikeJunior doctors at the hospitals within Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country are due to take full industrial action between the hours of 8am and 5pm on Tuesday April 26 and Wednesday April 27, 2016.  This is the first time in the NHS’s history that junior doctors will refuse to provide emergency cover.  Consultants and other medical staff within the hospital/s will still be working during the strike.

Health chiefs support IBS awareness month

Health chiefs at NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are backing IBS Awareness Month throughout April to help raise awareness of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which is thought to affect up to one in five people at some point in their life. People  who have symptoms of IBS are being encouraged to seek medical advice.

The symptoms for the condition vary between individuals and may affect some people more severely than others – the main symptoms tend to be bouts of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and/or constipation. The condition usually develops when patients are aged between 20 and 30 years of age and it affects twice as many women as men. Once diagnosed the condition is often life-long, although it may improve over several years.

Allergy Awareness Week

Health leaders at Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are appealing to people to take extra care as spring temperatures arrive and increase the effects of air pollution and trigger higher pollen counts.

The appeal is being issued ahead of Allergy Awareness Week which takes place 18 - 24 April 2016. Allergy Awareness Week is spearheaded by Allergy UK, the leading national charity dedicated to supporting the estimated 21 million allergy sufferers in the UK.