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Contract awarded for Birmingham, Sandwell & Solihull non-emergency patient transport

West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (WMAS) has been awarded a five-year contract to deliver a new non-emergency patient transport (NEPT) service for around 8,500 patients a week from 1 May 2017.

NEPT services are for people that have a medical need, and require specialist assistance to travel to or from NHS services. The service plays a critical role in patient care and the CCGs are investing in the new service to ensure patients receive a high quality, safe and timely service.

Earlier this year, NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), on behalf of 17 West Midlands CCGs, commenced a competitive procurement process for the new NEPT service.

NHS Stay Well This Winter Campaign comes to Solihull

winter flu busThe Stay Well This Winter campaign is visiting Touchwood in Solihull on 28th and 29th October as it drives home vital messages to the public.  The National roadshow, organised by Public Health England and NHS England, will be moving its way across the Midlands in October, spreading the word about the annual flu vaccination programme.

The campaign is aimed at helping people prepare against the onset of winter and to raise awareness among those in key risk groups – such as adults aged over 65, those with a long-term health condition such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease, pregnant women and children aged 2-7.

Older Patients Invited to Solihull Falls Event

Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, who are responsible for commissioning healthcare services in Solihull, are holding a wellbeing event for older people to help them stay steady on their feet.

If you are over 65, and feel a little unsteady on your feet and / or have concerns about balance and mobility the Keep Safe and Stay Well event will benefit you.   The event will take place on Friday 21 October from 2pm to 4pm in the Solihull United Reformed Church in Solihull where you can find out about services for older people available across Solihull to support your health and wellbeing to help you stay safe and independent at home.

The event will provide an opportunity for individuals to increase their strength and balance and thus reduce their falls risk.  The event will be focusing on self-care and prevention, so as well as finding out about how Solihull CCG and its partners can help, there will be a chance to get some top tips on how people can look after themselves and their family.