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Let’s talk about Mental Health

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World Mental Health Day is recognised by the World Health Organisation and provides an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues and discuss what needs to be done to manage mental health care for people locally.

This year the focus is on mental health in the workplace as, according to the Mental Health Foundation, around 70 million workdays are lost each year due to mental illness, including anxiety, depression and stress related conditions, in the UK.

Don’t overlook your eye health

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The NHS is reminding all Solihull residents to take care with their eye health. This week is ‘National Eye Health Week’ and it’s important that local people pay attention and take g

ood care of their sight. There are many things that people can do to improve the health of their vision, including maintaining a healthy diet, having an active lifestyle and giving up smoking. Having regular eye checks is important too, even if a person feels that their sight is good.

Sight loss affects about 2 million people in the UK, and half of these cases may have been avoided with routine eye test. Those over 60 and young adults in full time education are amongst the 30 million people in the UK that are entitled to receive a free eye test. Eyes should be tested at least once every two years, even if there has been no difference to a person’s sight.

Simone Mason, Deputy Lead for Solihull Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) said,

“Having your eyes checked is an essential part of your wellbeing and should be done regularly irrespective of your age or gender. Sight is the sense people fear losing the most, yet many of us don't know the best way to look after our eyes. A routine check-up could determine whether your vision could benefit from using a visual aid such as glasses or contact lenses. 

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“Regular eye checks, can also detect early signs of conditions such as glaucoma, diabetes or high blood pressure, which may show no symptoms. Book an appointment with your local optician, as soon as possible.”

To find a list of opticians in the area or for more information about eye tests, visit http://www.nhs.uk/service-search/Opticians/LocationSearch/9 

Solihull celebrates shortlisting success

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Solihull CCG is championing the success of IAPT BaME, who have been short listed for the National Diversity Awards 2017 in the Diverse Company category. IAPT services are for people with mild, moderate and moderate to severe symptoms of anxiety or depression living in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire.

All nominees will gather at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool on 8 September 2017 for the UK’s largest celebration of diversity with winners being announced on the night.
 
IAPT BaME have also been nominated for the National Positive Practice award and the National IAPT working together award.
 
Congratulations to the team and best wishes on the night.

Free Digital Resources for Carers

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Solihull Council has partnered up with Carers UK to provide a free digital resource aimed at making caring easier for carers in Solihull.

The online resources, which include eLearning courses, a care co-ordination app and Carers UK guides, provide a range of digital tools to support carers. 

All the information a carer will need to register for this online support is provided in the leaflet here

Pharmacy opening times for August Bank Holiday

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Remember that your local pharmacy opening hours may have changed over the August bank holiday weekend. Please see the table below for local pharmacy opening hours on Monday 28th August 2017.

NAME

ADDRESS

 

Monday 28th August 2017

SUMMER      BANK HOLIDAY

 Asda Pharmacy

 Asda Superstore, 859 Coventry Road, Small Heath

 Birmingham, B10 0HH

09:00-18:00

 Asda Pharmacy

 Asda Superstore, Walmley Ash Road, Minworth

 Sutton Coldfield, B76 1XL

09:00-13:00

14:00-18:00

 Asda Pharmacy

 6 Old Horns Crescent, Off Queslett Road, Great

 Barr, B43 7HA

09:00-18:00

 Asda Pharmacy

 Walsall Road Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 1AA

09:00-18:00

 Asda Pharmacy

 341 Bosworth Drive, Chelmsley Wood,

 Solihull, B37 5EX

09:00-18:00

 Boots

 Pharmacy

 102 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4HQ

 

11:00-17:00

 

 Boots

 Pharmacy

 7 Mell Square, Solihull, West Midlands,

 B91 3AZ

10:00-17:00

 

 Boots

 Pharmacy

 145-147 High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham,

 B14 7DG

10:00-16:00

 Boots UK Ltd

 66 High Street, Birmingham, B4 7TA

10:00-18:00

 Dudley Road

 Late Night

 Pharmacy

 328-330 Dudley Road, Winson Green,

 Birmingham, B18 4HJ

12:00-22:00

 

 Lloyds

 Pharmacy

 1149 Warwick Road, Acocks Green, Birmingham,

 B27 6RA

09:00-19:00

 Lloyds

 Pharmacy

 30 Mere Green Road, Sutton Coldfield, B75 5BT

09:00-19:00

 

 Lloyds

 Pharmacy

 Frankley Beeches Road, Northfield, Birmingham,

 B31 5AA

09:00-20:00

 Lloyds

 Pharmacy

 128-130 High Street, Kings Heath. Birmingham,

 B14 7LG

10:00-17:00

 Medipharma

 Chemist

 29 Oak Tree Lane, Selly Oak, Birmingham,

 B29 6JE

10:00-18:00

 Morrisons

 Pharmacy

 280 Coventry Road, Small Heath, Birmingham,

 B10 0XA

09:00-17:00

 

 Morrisons

 Pharmacy

 281 Stratford Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 3AR

09:00-13:15

14:00-17:00

 Sparkhill

 Pharmacy

 805-807 Stratford Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham,

 B11 4DA

09:00-20:00

 Stag Chemist

 Birmingham Ltd

 230 Stoney Lane, Sparkbrook, Birmingham,

 B12 8AN

10:00-22:00

 Tesco Instore

 Pharmacy

 11 Princess Alice Drive, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6RB

 

09:00-18:00

 Tesco Instore

 Pharmacy

 Swan Shopping Centre, Coventry Road, Yardley,

 Birmingham, B26 1AD

09:00-18:00