Can you help other patients with COVID-19? The NHS needs people who have recovered from COVID-19 to offer to convalescent plasma, for a trial which could save the lives of people who are still ill. Visit www.nhsbt.nhs.uk If you’ve had coronavirus or the symptoms, you can donate plasma for a trial which could save the lives of people who are still ill. Click here to offer to donate A GP Donor’s Story Catherine Briggs, 46,
Social Prescribing Service When you access your local Social Prescribing Service you will be allocated a Link Worker who will be able to support you to explore new services, activities and therapies enabling you to have more control over your own health and well-being. Do you need support with any of the following? Loneliness & Isolation Health & Lifestyle choices Mental Health (Anxiety, Depression, Stress) Carer/relative with concerns Living with Long-Term Health conditions Bereavement &
Shielding for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable The UK Government has set out a roadmap for the clinically extremely vulnerable on the future of the shielding programme. For now, the guidance remains the same – stay at home and only go outside to exercise or to spend time outdoors with a member of your household, or with one other person from another household if you live alone – but the guidance will change on 6 July
Beat the heat: Coping with heat and COVID-19 Coping with the heat and COVID-19 could be challenging this summer, so the NHS are trying to make it as simple as possible. Most of us welcome hot weather, but when it’s too hot for too long, there can be serious health risks. If a heatwave hits this summer, make sure the hot weather does not harm you or anyone you know. The main risks posed by
Face Mask Exemption (COVID-19) New Government announcement: Face coverings will not be mandatory on public transport in England for everyone. Full list of exemptions: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#exemptions-face-coverings 
⚠️ SCAM WARNING – CERVICAL SCREENING ⚠️ Public Health England (PHE) has advised of a potential scam involving a text message being sent to some women claiming to be from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme “Call and Recall” service. The text message advises that the recipient is overdue for their cervical screening test (smear test) and to call a mobile number to book an appointment and provide personal details. These text messages are NOT from

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Minor Eye Conditions Service (MECS) There are three services available in Walsall called MECS which offer rapid assessment of people with: recent onset eye problems; cataract referral and post-operative assessment;   IOPRM which enables improved assessment of eye pressure in an eye examination. If you are concerned about your eyes or your sight, please follow the link below or contact one of the practices on the participating practice list for further guidance or rapid assessment. http://eyecarewm.co.uk/walsall/
Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing! Self care and over the counter (OTC) items: a quick reference guideThis detailed guide is designed for healthcare professionals; though it does clearly list examples of drugs which should now be bought over the counter, and for which condition(s), in a format that the general public can understand. Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge Click here to enlarge