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Solihull first to pilot new way of working in health and social care

On 30 June, leaders of the four organisations behind Solihull’s integrated care programme, ICASS, signed an agreement with Caradigm, the leader in enterprise population health, to pilot a new way of working across health and social care.

The agreement opens the door to a 12 month pilot scheme, the first of its kind in the UK, which will help health and social care teams in Solihull to work together more effectively, creating a truly joined up health and social care economy.

Solihull Urgent Care Update: Information events in Touchwood this summer

Members of the public across Solihull who want to find out more about the progress of Solihull Hospital Urgent Care Centre are invited to come along to one of three public information events in Touchwood this summer.

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT), which runs Solihull Hospital, and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working together to provide a new Urgent Care Centre at Solihull Hospital by the end of 2016. This will see all the urgent care services which are currently available, the Minor Injuries Unit at Solihull Hospital, a walk-in centre, out of hours and other urgent care services, being located together, under one roof, through one front door, making the service more integrated and efficient.

Take the sting out of your summer - top tips on how to treat bites and stings

Summer has finally arrived.  The children are happily playing in the garden enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.  Then, all of a sudden you hear a commotion, and in a split second the joy and laughter turns to tears.  Your child has been stung by an insect.

Most of us remember being stung when little and in the majority of cases it’s a minor nuisance.  The affected area may get a little red or swollen and it may be slightly painful but usually clears up within several hours.  But for a child it’s likely to be the worst pain they’ve experienced and despite lots of tears, most bites and stings can be treated at home and with basic medication.

So, what’s the best thing to do?  And how will you know if the reaction is more serious?