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Protect your unborn baby with a free flu jab

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Almost eleven thousand pregnant women in the Birmingham and Solihull area left themselves and their unborn child at risk of the flu last year, NHS figures have revealed. The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are encouraging all pregnant women to get their free flu vaccination before the flu virus starts circulating.

Statistics from Public Health England* reveal that 10,668 pregnant women in Birmingham and Solihull did not protect themselves or their unborn baby from the dangers of flu last winter, and just 41% of pregnant women took up the offer of a free flu jab last year.

Preventing 400 cases of diabetes in Solihull

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More than 400 people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in Solihull have been asked to take part in a local health programme to help them change their lifestyle and reduce their risk. 

The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme offers series of free classes which cover healthy eating and weight management. Since August 2016, 414 referrals have been made.

Type 2 diabetes is very serious and can lead to serious health complications such as heart disease and stroke. It is also preventable with a few simple lifestyle changes. In Solihull GPs can refer patients onto the programme if a blood test shows that they may be at risk of developing the condition.

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

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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

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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

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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.

Solihull celebrates shortlisting success

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Solihull CCG is championing the success of IAPT BaME, who have been short listed for the National Diversity Awards 2017 in the Diverse Company category. IAPT services are for people with mild, moderate and moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety or depression living in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire.

All nominees will gather at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool on 8 September 2017 for the UK’s largest celebration of diversity with winners being announced on the night.
IAPT BaME have also been nominated for the National Positive Practice award and the National IAPT working together award.
Congratulations to the team and best wishes on the night.