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Take the sting out of your summer - top tips on how to treat bites and stings

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Summer has finally arrived.  The children are happily playing in the garden enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.  Then, all of a sudden you hear a commotion, and in a split second the joy and laughter turns to tears.  Your child has been stung by an insect.

Most of us remember being stung when little and in the majority of cases it’s a minor nuisance.  The affected area may get a little red or swollen and it may be slightly painful but usually clears up within several hours.  But for a child it’s likely to be the worst pain they’ve experienced and despite lots of tears, most bites and stings can be treated at home and with basic medication.

So, what’s the best thing to do?  And how will you know if the reaction is more serious?

Don't let allergies ruin your summer – Your Pharmacy can help!

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Streaming eyes, runny nose, can’t catch your breath?  No it’s not the latest cinematic weepy but the onset of hay fever season.

The warmer temperatures mean spending more time outside and more time outside usually means feeling brighter, better and fresher.  But for some it can be the start of months of misery caused by allergies, such as asthma, hay fever and eczema.

Heatwave alert

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As you will be aware, over the next few days the weather is predicted to be increasingly warm. Please follow the guidance below to ensure you look after yourself and others during this time.

Dr Stephen Munday, Solihull’s Director of Public Health and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body member, advises:

“It is very easy to become dehydrated in hot weather as we can soon lose more fluid than we take in, so drink cold non-alcoholic drinks regularly, keep out of the sun during the hottest times of the day, and avoid physical exertion in the heat where possible. People who are very young, the elderly and those with chronic conditions are more at risk, so keep an eye out for friends and neighbours who may be vulnerable.”

Architects appointed to design Solihull’s Urgent Care Centre

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The leaders of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are happy to announce they have appointed architects to design an Urgent Care Centre at Solihull Hospital as the scheme continues to move forward.

Warwickshire-based The Design Buro has been awarded the contract to design the ‘one-stop shop’ for urgent care services in Solihull and will bring a great deal of experience and expertise of designing major health care facilities.

The appointment is the latest stage in the process of providing an integrated, ‘one front door’ urgent care service in Solihull which is set to open its doors in late 2016.

Give us your views on non-emergency patient transport services

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Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group would like to hear your views on proposals for a new non-emergency patient transport service in Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell.

NHS-funded non-emergency patient transport helps eligible patients, who are unable to travel by private or public transport, get to and from healthcare services, such as routine hospital appointments. For further details click here.

Solihull Practice Nurses inspired to take innovative approaches to cancer support

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After completing a recent cancer course, Practice Nurses from Solihull have been inspired to make changes to the way they work with cancer patients. Funded by Macmillan, the course was one of 11 pilots across the country, each tailored to suit the needs of the local population.

The eight-month course was largely self-directed with the Nurses asked to gather information and reflect on their experiences, but also attend a face-to-face session each month. Beginning with an introduction to cancer, other topics covered treatment pathways, supporting patients, motivational interviewing and handling difficult conversations.