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Keep warm and keep well this December

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December is finally here which means Christmas and cold weather! One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm. NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging people to keep well by keeping warm during this winter period and prevent their chances of catching flu this winter.

Get hairy and help beat bowel cancer

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It’s that time of year again when NHS Solihull CCG staff members ditch the razor for a month and embrace the power of the beard! Grow a beard throughout December to help raise funds and awareness for Bowel
Cancer UK, and impress your friends, family and colleagues with your bearded efforts along the way!

Did you know 1 in 14 men will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime?

Solihull committed to taking action against domestic abuse

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Solihull Council and NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group have both signed a pledge to show their commitment to the global fight against domestic abuse and violence.

The Public Health Responsibility Deal is designed to encourage employers to recognise the effect that domestic abuse can have on staff and implement policies or procedures that will help increase awareness.

The pledge forms part of 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence, aimed at businesses to support them to positively address domestic abuse throughout the workplace. 

Birmingham and Solihull NHS commissioning intentions survey

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The Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Birmingham and Solihull would like your feedback on proposals for their commissioning intentions for 2016-18.
We are Solihull CCG, Birmingham South and Central CCG and Birmingham CrossCity CCG. We hold the budget for, and are responsible for planning and buying, the majority of health services for patients across Birmingham and Solihull.
The commissioning intentions, once developed, will set out we plan to commission (plan and buy) health services for our population.
Over the next few pages we would like to ask for your views around the following areas:
  • Children and young people
  • Enhanced general practice
  • Mental health
  • Urgent care
  • Maternity and newborn
If at any point you require more information about this survey, please email
This survey should take no longer than ten minutes and will close at 5pm on 30 November 2016.

Feeling under the weather? Take care not antibiotics

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s300 AntibioticGuardian logo greWith the weather getting colder and illnesses circulating, members of the public may be tempted to use antibiotics in place of rest and over the counter remedies. However, NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is advising against the use of antibiotics for coughs, colds and flu. This message to Solihull residents supports World Antibiotic Awareness Week which is 14-20 November 2016.

There is a general misconception that antibiotics can treat winter conditions, in fact, research has shown that only 10%* of sore throats and 20% of acute sinusitis benefit from antibiotic treatment but the prescription rates are much higher than this.

Understanding Self Care for Life

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SCWwebbuttonlg2016Understanding Self Care for Life is the theme of Self Care Week, the annual initiative which aims to raise national awareness of self care.

The Self Care Forum launches Self Care Week between 14 and 20 November; promoting improved awareness of services such as local pharmacies for minor ailments and advice about medications; flu vaccinations and improved management of long term conditions such as respiratory and heart conditions.