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Health chiefs support awareness month to help beat bowel cancer

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Health leaders at NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are backing bowel cancer Awareness Month throughout April to help raise awareness and join the fight against cancer.

Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer - every half an hour someone dies of the disease with around 16,000 people dying of bowel cancer every year.  Almost 9 out of 10 people with bowel cancer are over the age of 60.  The symptoms of bowel cancer can be:

  • A change in bowel habit
  • Bleeding from the bottom or blood in poo
  • A pain in the tummy.

Health commissioners urge local people to have their say on procedure policies

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People in Birmingham and Solihull are being invited to give their views on changes which will affect the availability of certain medical treatments and procedures.
Known as Procedures of Lower Clinical Value (PLCV), they include the removal of tonsils, cataracts surgery, cosmetic surgery, hip and knee surgery. These are generally treatments or procedures which are beneficial, but only in the right circumstances.

New Year’s honour for ‘inspiring’ former Solihull nurse

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A former Solihull nurse has said she is ‘humbled’ after being awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours for her work supporting patients and families at the end of their lives.

Helen Meehan was nominated for the honour by head nurse at Solihull Hospital and Community Services Vanessa Wort and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group in recognition of her ‘significant’ and ‘lasting’ impact on end of life care in the borough.

School's out but do you need to swot up?

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Solihull GPs are urging those looking after children this Christmas to swot up on basic common illnesses such as coughs and colds so they know what to do should their child become ill.
With many GP surgeries closing over the festive period and winter illnesses on the rise, parent and carers are being asked to make sure they know how to deal with common childhood illnesses likely to arise over the Christmas break.

A message from your local NHS: Make sure you are prepared for Christmas and New Year!

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With Christmas and New Year fast approaching GPs in Solihull are reminding people to plan ahead by stocking up their medicine cabinets and ordering repeat prescriptions.

To ensure everyone stays well over the Christmas period it is important to make sure medicine cabinets contain all the essential items ahead of reduced opening times, bad weather or sickness.

Those who take regular medication should make sure they have ordered enough medication to last through the festive period or ask their GP practice for a new prescription.

Birmingham and Solihull patients to benefit from £1.3m share of NHS England Primary Care Infrastructure Fund

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Five GP practices are to benefit from bigger and better equipped premises thanks to nearly £1.3m funding from NHS England’s Primary Care Infrastructure Fund.
It is to be used toward new consulting rooms, minor surgery rooms, better waiting facilities and improved access. The additional space will provide the space and facilities for GP practices to treat thousands more patients and to facilitate seven day access.