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Update on Urgent Care – Aug 2013

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Since the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Birmingham and Solihull took ownership of urgent care commissioning last autumn, we have been working with providers to explore new ways to streamline care for the benefit of patients. We need to have the right configuration and capacity within the service so that patients reach the right service, first time.

Level 2 ‘heatwave’ alert issued for this weekend

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Parts of England may experience 'heatwave' conditions over the next few days, according to forecasts from the Met Office. Areas particularly affected include Yorkshire and the Humber, Southeast England, London and Southwest England, East of England and East Midlands – but people in the West Midlands should still follow guidelines on how to keep safe in the sunshine; seeking shade, using sunblock and wearing suitable clothing and sunglasses if outdoors for more than 20 minutes.

NHS 65th Anniversary - Did You Know?

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Healthcare before the NHS

In 1911 the Health Service in Britain ran an insurance system that gave benefits to the person paying into the scheme, but not their dependants. They also had access to a doctor, but this was limited in terms of what services could be provided. Hospital treatment was only for those with tuberculosis.

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