Health and social care news

foster carers Easter coffee morning

Easter Coffee Morning Appeal

Published on 20th March 2018

Councillor Simon Hackett, Cabinet Member for Childrens Services has made a new appeal for people to step forward as foster carers at a coffee morning arranged exclusively for Sandwell foster carers at the Coneygre Youth Arts Centre, in Tipton today. (Tuesday 20 March)

Free swimming scheme set to be extended

Published on 15th March 2018

Sandwell Council is set to extend its popular free swimming scheme for young people and those aged 60-plus.

Call for caring people to join our STAR team

Published on 7th March 2018

Sandwell Council is on the lookout for caring people to join a team that helps vulnerable adults lead independent lives, with more than 40 new roles being created.

New health centre proposal in Wednesbury

Published on 23rd February 2018

Sandwell Council is working with Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group on plans to build a new GP surgery in Wednesbury.

New drug and alcohol service

New alcohol and drug service launched

Published on 20th February 2018

A newly-merged alcohol and drug service for Sandwell has launched.

Drumming Together session at West Bromwich town hall

Drumming Together sessions in West Bromwich

Published on 16th February 2018

A new music-making pilot project has launched in Sandwell to help people experiencing memory loss or in the early stages of dementia.

Citizencard launch

Unique proof of age scheme launches in Sandwell

Published on 16th February 2018

A unique proof of age card scheme has launched for students in Sandwell aged 16+.

New alliance to improve mental health

Published on 1st February 2018

More than 40 services have joined together to launch a new initiative aimed at improving mental health in Sandwell.

Launch of new alcohol and drug support service

Published on 18th January 2018

A newly-merged alcohol and drug service for Sandwell will launch on 1 February.

Cllr Shackleton with Charlotte Leadbetter-Chase

New assessment house to speed up equipment requests

Published on 20th December 2017

A special ‘assessment house’ has been created at the Independent Living Centre in Smethwick to speed up requests for equipment and adaptations to help people live independently in their own homes.

Residents urged to fill out survey on pharmacies

Published on 18th December 2017

Health chiefs are urging Sandwell residents to tell them what they think about their local pharmacy by completing a short survey.

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.

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.

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.

Visiting Heart of Sandwell day hospice

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.

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.