People in Birmingham and Solihull who need urgent but not emergency care this winter are being urged by Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to call NHS 111.
Sir Tony Hawkhead CBE has been appointed as the Lay Vice Chair of the new NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), from 01 April 2018.
He has held several high profile chief executive posts, including his current role with the national charity Action for Children, as well as non-executive roles with the UK National Advisory Board on Social Investment and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Sir Tony, who lives in Solihull, said: “I am delighted to have accepted the position of Lay Vice Chair with NHS Birmingham and Solihull CCG, where I’ll be spending two days a week from next April. The CCG will be the largest in England, and I look forward to helping to make a real difference to the health of people living in Birmingham and Solihull.”
If you, or a member of your family, are unwell over the Christmas and New Year period, follow this handy guide on what to do and where to seek help:
Care for yourself at home
If you have a common health issue, like a cough, cold, sore throat or headache make sure you get plenty of rest and take your usual painkillers or medicines, if you need them (always read the label).
Call your GP
Your GP surgery will be closed on the following days:
- Monday 25 December
- Tuesday 26 December
- Monday 1 January
However, you can still phone your GP surgery and follow the instructions on the recorded message, which will help you find the best NHS service for your needs. This service is also available when your GP surgery is closed on other days.