Ahead of Social Prescribing Day, health chiefs are highlighting the wide range of different roles now available at GP practices in the Black Country.
People in the Black Country are being reminded of the signs and symptoms of a stroke and the importance of seeking urgent treatment.
- Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have dropped.
- Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness in one arm.
- Speech- their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake. They may also have problems understanding what you’re saying to them.
- Time – it’s time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.
Halesowen Cultural Centre will host Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust’s next Board Meeting on Tuesday 7th March 2023 at 9:30 am. Members of the public are invited to attend and hear about the latest healthcare developments and initiatives.
At the meeting, attendees will hear about an exciting new initiative, led by pharmacists, 4th-year pharmacy students, and sexual health professionals. Earlier this year, on Valentine's Day, the team set up a booth at the Merry Hill Centre to promote healthy hearts and sexual health.
This initiative is just one example of the innovative ways in which healthcare professionals are working to improve health and well-being in Dudley. The Board Meeting is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn more about the latest developments and ask questions of their healthcare providers.
Sarah Baig, Pharmacy Professional Development and Governance Lead at Dudley Integrated Health and Care NHS Trust said:
"We are thrilled to share the success of this Valentine's Day initiative at the Board Meeting and with the public"
"It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our healthcare professionals and their commitment to improving the health of our community and reducing health inequalities."
“It is also a great example of collaborative cross-organisational working, we partnered with the University of Birmingham school of pharmacy, the local pharmaceutical committee and Brook Sexual Health charity to deliver this much-needed initiative to the people of Dudley.”
Harry Turner, Chairman of DIHC, said:
“Our Board meetings are a great way to find out what is happening locally in health and care and to see how decisions are made.
“We encourage people to come along and join us and see what progress has been made over the last month. We welcome questions from the public and the Board is always keen to hear perspectives from local people.
“If you have a question, please submit them in advance of the meeting and we can respond.”
The meeting will include updates from the Trust’s Board Members and an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of the board. All members of the public are welcome to attend.
For more information, visit the DIHC website www.dihc.nhs.uk/about-the-trust/our-trust-board
Almost 70,000 more GP appointments were held in January this year than in December, new data for the Black Country has revealed.
A number of pharmacies across the Black Country now offer patients easy access to advice and treatments for urinary tract infections (UTIs).
A three-month pilot, aimed at women aged 16-64, has been launched to enable local community pharmacists to treat patients with UTIs without the need for a GP appointment or prescription.
UTIs are one of the most common bacterial infections seen in female patients, with over 40 percent of women likely to suffer from one in their lifetime. Symptoms include:
- Burning or stinging sensation when passing urine
- Needing to pass urine frequently or urgently
- Cloudy urine
- Passing excessive or large quantities of urine.
Over the last six months, more than 8,500 women in the Black Country aged between 16-64 have presented at their GP practice with a UTI.
Sarb Basi, Director of Primary Care for the NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board, said: “UTIs are one of the most common bacterial infections that GPs see in female patients. They can develop quickly, be extremely painful and, understandably, patients want fast access to rapid relief of symptoms. As a result, it means UTIs take up a large proportion of resource within the healthcare system.
“Previously, pharmacists have only been able to provide over-the-counter treatments that offer relief from the symptoms of a UTI. However, this scheme will now allow pharmacists to provide the appropriate treatment to address and treat the underlying bacterial infection causing the infection.
“Community pharmacists are highly trained medical professionals who play a fantastic role in ensuring that thousands of people have their minor ailment needs addressing quickly. They are a prime example of getting the right care, in the right place, at the right time, and the introduction of this pilot demonstrates the enhanced role that pharmacists can play in supporting services provided by the NHS and GP practices.
“Not all patients with a UTI will need antibiotics, but if they do, they can now be provided quickly and conveniently without the need for a GP appointment or prescription. So, I would encourage anyone who thinks they may have a UTI to take advantage of this new service and make their local pharmacy their first port of call.”
There are more than 170 pharmacies across the Black Country signed up to offer support and treatment for UTIs. Click here for more information and to find your nearest participating pharmacy.
Community pharmacies in the North East and North Cumbria were the first to launch the #ByeByeUTI initiative back in July 2022. Since then, more than a thousand women have benefited from the scheme. More information can be found on the NHS North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board website here.