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Look out for the elderly this winter

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Elderly imageOlder people, in particular those that live alone, are especially susceptible to winter illnesses, yet it can be sometimes difficult for those at risk to admit that they need help. All too often elderly people end up being treated in hospital for long periods, with symptoms that might not have been so serious and could have been managed effectively at home, if they had only sought help sooner.

Solihull Together Awards 2018: Nominations now open

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We need your nominations.

The Solihull Together Awards, now in their fourth year, celebrate the outstanding achievements of residents, carers, volunteers, professionals, public sector and private sector organisations.  We are looking to showcase the most inspiring people and innovative work in health and social care across Solihull and we need your nominations to know who they are.

Stay Well roadshows to help residents prepare for winter

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A fun and interactive roadshow is touring Birmingham and Solihull to give residents a better chance to ‘Stay Well’ this winter.

NHS Birmingham CrossCity, NHS Birmingham South Central and NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are running the winter roadshows as part of the national NHS ‘Stay Well’ campaign.

The roadshow events, which take place during November and December, visit popular locations across Birmingham and Solihull to offer advice to local residents on how to prepare for winter.

Confused about cold and flu?

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coldfluUnderstanding the difference between cold and flu can be a bit confusing. Part of the confusion is because colds and flu can share similar symptoms, such as a cough, sore throat and headache, but each is caused by different viruses. 

Retired nurse is one of 7,000 people living in the West Midlands feeling the benefits of the new NHS diabetes prevention programme

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Mrs Baldev Ahluwalia hi resMrs Baldev Ahluwalia, who lives in Sandwell, is just one of 7,485* people at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the West Midlands.

But thanks to the NHS diabetes prevention programme, Mrs Ahluwalia has a new lease of life. Today, on World Diabetes Day, Mrs Ahluwalia wants to help raise awareness of the condition and how others at risk could avoid this life-threatening disease.

Embracing Self Care for Life

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SCWposter 595x412Embracing Self Care for Life is the theme of Self Care Week, the annual initiative which aims to help you stay healthy for your whole life.

Self Care Week takes place 13 – 19 November and is run by the Self Care Forum. The Self Care Forum aims to further the reach of self care and embed it into everyday life. It promotes 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.