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Help local NHS this winter by choosing right healthcare – Solihull residents urged

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Solihull residents are being urged to help look after the NHS this winter by thinking carefully about whether they really need to visit A&E with minor illnesses and injuries. 

Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is launching Choose Well 2014 this week, asking people to think twice about where they go to get treatment, rather than heading straight to A&E. The best option may be to stay at home to recover, to visit a pharmacy for treatment, to book a GP appointment, or to call NHS 111 for advice and signposting to a healthcare service. Click here to see the Solihull pharmacy rota for Christmas and New Year.

Better use of inhalers could save lives

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Millions of people in the UK have breathing difficulties but many do not use their inhalers effectively, potentially putting their lives at risk. Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is tackling this problem by launching a 'Breathe with ease' campaign urging inhaler users to get their technique checked.

Solihull people invited to play a part in designing the new urgent care centre planned for the Solihull Hospital site

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Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group is asking people to take part in a focus group to help establish what patients would like to be considered in the design of the new urgent care centre.

Explaining the idea behind the initiative, Dr Patrick Brooke, Chief Officer for Solihull CCG said:

“Following on from our public consultation earlier in spring this year, we were delighted with the positive responses we received to our proposals.

African charity challenge for Solihull doctor and nurse

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Dr Sue Harrower, a leading Solihull GP, and nurse Di Veal are setting out on a challenging African trek to raise money to save the sight of children suffering from a condition that is curable if detected early.

It will be the fourth fundraising trek for the adventurous GP, who is a member of Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body and lead GP for Solis (the north Solihull practice consortium). Others have been along the Great Wall of China, the Peruvian Inca Trail and the foothills of the Himalayas.