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The NHS in Birmingham wishes you a merry, and healthy, Christmas!

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With Christmas just around the corner, people across Birmingham are being reminded to make sure staying well is on their list this year.

With many GP practices not open quite as often as usual between Christmas and New Year, people who take regular medication should make sure they order and collect their repeat prescriptions before Christmas Eve.

Birmingham, Solihull and Black Country CCGs award contracts for commissioning support services

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Seven Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) from across Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country have awarded five contracts to provide commissioning support services, worth a total of over £54 million, over the next four years.

NHS Midlands and Lancashire CSU have been awarded contracts for providing: business intelligence; information technology; and medicines management services. NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands (GEM) CSU have been awarded the contracts for providing the CCGs with: end-to-end commissioning support services; and continuing healthcare and individual funding requests.

People with learning disabilities urged to get their flu vaccination

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People with learning disabilities in Birmingham are being encouraged to get their flu vaccination if they’ve been contacted by their GP. 
It is estimated there are 1.2 million people1 in England that have a learning disability many of which also have long term conditions such as respiratory problems.  This makes them at risk of complications should they contract flu.

Hop on board the health bus to stay well this winter!

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The ‘stay well this winter’ bus will roll into Birmingham this week!  Street health advisors will be on board to provide tips to passing shoppers on how to look after themselves when the temperature drops.

An old-fashioned red bus will call at three locations across the city (Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Friday 11 December) and has been organised by NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which buys health services for people across the city.

The health advisors will be encouraging shoppers and passers-by to spare a couple of minutes and hop on board during the bus’s visits to Erdington High Street on Friday, Northfield High Street on Saturday and finally at the Bull Ring markets the following Friday (11 December).  The bus will be at its stops between 9.30am and 3.30pm.

Protect your little ones from flu this year

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As December draws that little bit closer, it’s important to protect your little ones to ensure that they can enjoy the excitement of the season. 

Before the inevitable rounds of coughs, sneezes and runny noses really get a grip, NHS Birmingham CrossCity Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is urging parents of children between the ages of two and seven to make sure they are protected against the nasty effects of flu for the winter months. 


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