Health and social care news

Team effort to keep hospital beds free this winter

Published on 13th December 2017

Health and council social care staff are working around the clock to keep hospital beds available during the busy winter period.

Advice ahead of 'Booze Black Friday'

Published on 15th December 2017

Sandwell health bosses are encouraging local people to take care with how much they drink ahead of Booze Black Friday.

Warning on measles

Published on 5th December 2017

Sandwell parents are being urged to check that they, their children and teenagers have had two doses of MMR vaccine following confirmation of cases of measles in the West Midlands region.

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Stay well this winter

Published on 30th November 2017

Sandwell Council is supporting the national Stay Well This Winter campaign to help elderly people and those with long-term conditions prepare for colder temperatures.

Keep Antibiotics Working campaign launched

Published on 17th November 2017

Public Health England has launched a major new campaign in Sandwell to help ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ to help get the message over to the public.

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Have you had your flu jab?

Published on 24th October 2017

People in Sandwell who are the most vulnerable to flu are being urged to get their free flu vaccination, ahead of the winter period when the virus is most common.

Support for care leavers

Published on 17th October 2017

Young people leaving care and living on their own in Sandwell won’t have to pay council tax until they are aged 22, if councillors approve plans to give discretionary relief.

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New day hospice praised by health and wellbeng chair

Published on 9th October 2017

Staff at a newly-opened hospice have been praised for the work they do by a leading councillor.

Care manager prosecuted over Blue Badge fraud

Published on 5th September 2017

A Sandwell healthcare manager who used a Blue Badge on her own Range Rover when she went shopping in Oxford has been prosecuted.

Sandwell Visually Impaired celebrates new offices

New offices for Sandwell Visually Impaired

Published on 16th August 2017

Sandwell Visually Impaired (SVI) officially opened its new offices at West Bromwich Town Hall with a special launch event.

Sandwell health visitors on target

Published on 14th August 2017

Health visitors in Sandwell are hitting top targets for visiting families with new born babies, figures out today reveal.

Sandwell School Nurse Ambassador Project

School health ambassadors celebrate five years of success

Published on 6th July 2017

Children from schools across Sandwell got together at West Bromwich Town Hall to celebrate another year of the Sandwell School Nurse Ambassador Project (SSNAP). 

Sandwell foster carers awarded MBEs

Published on 23rd June 2017

A Tipton couple have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday honours list and handed MBEs.

New vision for health and wellbeing board

Published on 6th February 2017

The new chair of the Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board has set out her long-term vision for how the council can work with its partners to improve the overall health of the borough’s people.

More people recovering from drug dependency in Sandwell

Published on 25th October 2016

More and more people are recovering from drug dependency in Sandwell, latest figures show.

Illicit tobacco trade targeted in trading standards operation

Published on 19th May 2016

Sandwell trading standards officers seized 33,750 cigarettes and 1.9kg of hand-rolling tobacco worth more than £15,800 in retail value as part of a national illicit tobacco operation.

Don't turn a blind eye to sight loss

Published on 17th September 2015

The sixth annual National Eye Health Week (NEHW) takes place from 21 – 27 September 2015.