The Met office has issued a yellow warning for snow today (27 December) where the cold weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.
Travelling is becoming difficult for many, so residents should think about how they could best access any healthcare they need – and how to avoid a lengthy trip to an Accident and Emergency Department. The best option may be to stay at home to recover, to visit a pharmacy for treatment, use a walk-in or urgent care centre, or to call NHS 111 for advice and signposting to a healthcare service.
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.”