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Campaign urges people in the West Midlands region to ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’

A new report from PHE out today reveals that 4 in 10 patients with an E. coli bloodstream infection in England cannot be treated with the most commonly used antibiotic in hospital with it being estimated that at least 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections.

The 'Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign warns that taking antibiotics when not needed puts people at risk of a more severe or longer infection.

Let’s talk about Mental Health

World Mental Health Day is recognised by the World Health Organisation and provides an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and discuss what needs to be done to manage mental health care for people locally.

This year the focus is on mental health in the workplace as, according to the Mental Health Foundation, around 70 million workdays are lost each year due to mental illness, including anxiety, depression and stress related conditions, in the UK.

Don’t overlook your eye health

newspaper 412452 640The NHS is reminding all Solihull residents to take care with their eye health. This week is ‘National Eye Health Week’ and it’s important that local people pay attention and take good care of their sight. There are many things that people can do to improve the health of their vision, including maintaining a healthy diet, having an active lifestyle and giving up smoking. Having regular eye checks is important too, even if a person feels that their sight is good.

Sight loss affects about 2 million people in the UK, and half of these cases may have been avoided with routine eye test. Those over 60 and young adults in full time education are amongst the 30 million people in the UK that are entitled to receive a free eye test. Eyes should be tested at least once every two years, even if there has been no difference to a person’s sight.