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New clinical chair for NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is announced

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Image of Dr Peter InghamBirmingham GP, Dr Peter Ingham, has been appointed as the Clinical Chair of the new NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group.

Having enjoyed 27-year career in general practice in Birmingham, Dr Ingham is currently a partner at Sutton Coldfield Group Practice in Sutton Coldfield. He has spent four years on the Governing Body of Birmingham CrossCity CCG, holding the position of Contracting Lead.

Birmingham measles cases prompt MMR vaccination call

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People in Birmingham are being encouraged to check that they, their children and teenagers have had two doses of MMR vaccine following confirmation of cases of measles within the city.

Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands is working with Birmingham City Council and local NHS partners to make sure that anyone in the city who needs an MMR vaccination is aware, following confirmed cases of measles in children in Birmingham. Most of the recent cases had not received the required two doses of MMR vaccine.

Stay Well roadshows to help residents prepare for winter

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A fun and interactive roadshow is touring Birmingham and Solihull to give residents a better chance to ‘Stay Well’ this winter.

NHS Birmingham CrossCity, NHS Birmingham South Central and NHS Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are running the winter roadshows as part of the national NHS ‘Stay Well’ campaign.

The roadshow events, which take place during November and December, visit popular locations across Birmingham and Solihull to offer advice to local residents on how to prepare for winter.

Confused about cold and flu?

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coldfluUnderstanding the difference between cold and flu can be a bit confusing. Part of the confusion is because colds and flu can share similar symptoms, such as a cough, sore throat and headache, but each is caused by different viruses. 

Patients across Birmingham and Solihull urged to use the correct treatment this winter and help fight against antibiotic resistance!

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WHO AntibioticsWith the weather getting colder and illnesses circulating, members of the public may be tempted to use antibiotics in place of rest and over the counter remedies.

In support of World Antibiotic Awareness Week (13-19 November 2017), the Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are advising against the use of antibiotics for coughs, colds and flu and is joining the fight against antibiotic resistance.

There is a general misconception that antibiotics can treat winter conditions, in fact, research has shown that only 10%* of sore throats and 20% of acute sinusitis benefit from antibiotic treatment but the prescription rates are much higher than this.

Antibiotics are important medicines used to treat infections caused by bacteria. Winter conditions, such as cold and flu, are viruses and therefore cannot be treated by antibiotics.

The routine usage of antibiotics to treat viral infections has led to certain bacteria becoming antibiotic resistant. This has a knock on effect when treating life-threatening conditions, such as MRSA which is currently resistant to several antibiotics.

Dr Richard Mendelsohn, Chief Medical Officer for the NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) said, “By only using antibiotics when it’s appropriate to do so, we can slow down resistance and make sure these life-saving medicines remain effective when we need them the most.  We now know that most coughs and colds get better just as quickly without antibiotics. So if you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms drink plenty of fluids, rest and if you need some pain relief take some paracetamol.”

 

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