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(Septicaemia, blood poisoning)

John is a local resident from Birmingham, who works with our organisation as a patient partner/representative.

JohnOv3I had one momentary lapse in concentration!

There I was on a Thursday in late June happily boiling spuds for my daughter’s dinner, when the phone rang. I picked it up and in my customary way proceeded to have an animated conversation oblivious to everything around me.

A warm feeling started to climb up my back at which point I politely excused myself from the phone call saying “I will ring you back, I think I am on fire”. Now, this is the point for all the hindsight brigade to come out of the woodwork with a list of “what you should have done” or “if it had been me I would have”, all very well-meaning, but, you know, when an individual is enjoying a somewhat stressful moment, and are up to their neck in Alligators, its often hard to remember, that the objective was to drain the swamp.

Make a pledge to take action on World Cancer Day

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World Cancer Day logoPeople in Birmingham and Solihull are being encouraged to make pledges to take action against cancer as part of a worldwide awareness event. 

NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are backing World Cancer Day on 4 February 2018.  The aim is to encourage everyone to take action to reduce the impact of cancer on individuals, families and communities. 

It’s ‘Time to Talk’ about mental health

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Time to talk press release imageA campaign to encourage people to speak openly about mental health issues is being supported by NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

Did you know that one in four people nationally will suffer with a mental health issue at some point in their lives?  For people with mental health problems, not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. 

Students invited to get on board with healthy thinking

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Stay Well Camper VanOur healthy campervan tour gets underway tomorrow (30/1), at Birmingham University, to help educate local students on how to  Stay Well This Winter and to choose the right services first time.

Students at Birmingham University are invited to hop on board the ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campervan to receive free advice on accessing the right health services for different needs.