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A little does a lot – Alternative ways to live healthily in the New Year

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If your New Year resolution is to embrace a healthier lifestyle, then NHS Choices has lots of support available online.

For starters, making small changes to your diet is the healthiest and most achievable way to lose weight. Avoiding food with too much fat, salt and sugar by swapping them for something healthier such as fruit and vegetables can help reduce your calorie intake.

Help yourself and others to Stay Well This Winter and don’t spread flu in the West Midlands

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Public Health England (PHE) in the West Midland is urging people to help the region ‘stay well this winter’ by preventing the spread of flu across the region.

Dr Helen Carter, Deputy Director at Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands, said: “Our data shows that more people are visiting GPs with flu symptoms and we are seeing more people admitted to hospitals with the flu. We are currently seeing a mix of flu types, including the A(H3N2) strain that circulated last winter in the UK and then in Australia. The vaccine is the best defence we have against the spread of flu and it isn’t too late for people to go to their GP or pharmacist and get vaccinated – especially those in risk groups including those aged 65 and over, pregnant women or those with a long-term medical condition.

Stay safe and well in cold weather

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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.

NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group appoints new Lay Vice Chair

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Tony HawkheadSir 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.”

What to do if you are unwell over Christmas and New Year

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STAY WELL THIS WINTER Final Logo3 SHAD RGB 01If 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.