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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.”

NHS Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull CCGs received approval from NHS England in November to create a single CCG. The three organisations are currently working closely together before officially merging from April 2018.

Half of sexually active young people have had sex with a new partner without using a condom

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  • One in 10 sexually active 16-24 year olds have never used a condom1
  • One in three (35%) think carrying condoms gives the impression that you sleep around1
  • Nearly six in 10 of all chlamydia and gonorrhoea diagnoses in 2016 were in people aged 15 to 24[ii]
  • New campaign from Public Health England features personal stories from young people talking about contracting an STI and why they did not use protection
  • The ‘Protect against STIs’ campaign wants to encourage condom use to prevent young adults contracting and spreading STIs

Public Health England had launched ‘Protect against STIs’, a new campaign that aims to reduce the rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among 16-24 year olds through condom usage. The campaign is the first Government sexual health campaign in eight years.

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