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Palliative and end of life care

Published: October 23, 2015

Palliative care is all about caring for people who have an advanced, progressive and incurable illness so they can live as well as possible until they die. Here at our Trust, we aim to promote a culture in which all patients, regardless of diagnosis and location, receive high-quality end of life care in a place […]

How to prevent back pain

Published: October 23, 2015

Did you know around 10 million working days were lost in the United Kingdom last year due to back pain? Bad posture while sitting or standing, bending awkwardly and lifting equipment incorrectly are just some of the reasons why back pain can occur. Placing too much pressure on your back too often can lead to […]

How to prevent salmonella

Published: October 23, 2015

There are more than 8,000 salmonella food poisoning cases in England and Wales every year and there are over 2,500 different types of salmonella. Salmonella is a type of bacteria that causes food poisoning and is commonly found in poultry, eggs, meat and unpasteurised milk. It can also live in animals such as birds and […]

Hay fever prevention

Published: October 23, 2015

Doctors call it seasonal allergic rhinitis but most of us know it as hay fever and about a quarter of us have suffered from its symptoms. So what is it? Dr Aarnoud Huissoon, consultant immunologist at Heartlands Hospital, said: “Hay fever is a type of allergy most commonly experienced in the summer months and is […]

Stroke prevention

Published: October 23, 2015

Strokes are the third largest cause of death in the UK and did you know someone has a stroke every five minutes in the United Kingdom? A stroke is a brain attack where the flow of blood to the brain is cut off and as a result, brain cells get damaged. If the supply of […]

Diabetes Week

Published: October 23, 2015

Birmingham has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the UK with nearly one in 10 people in some parts of the city have the condition. Diabetes Week is just around the corner and aims to raise awareness of this common condition. Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level […]

An essential guide to tuberculosis

Published: October 23, 2015

Every 15 seconds in the world, someone dies of tuberculosis (TB) and one third of the world’s population are infected with TB. And did you know Birmingham has one of the highest rates of TB in the UK? The disease is not common in the UK, but it is on the increase and at present […]

Dementia Awareness Week

Published: October 23, 2015

Did you know around 800,000 people living in the UK have dementia? It is estimated that by 2021, 1 million people living in the UK will have the disease. This week is Dementia Awareness Week which aims to raise awareness of the disease and encourage people to think and talk about dementia. Dementia is a […]

World Asthma Day

Published: October 23, 2015

‘You can control your asthma,’ is the theme for World Asthma Day taking place on 05 May 2015. With around 5 million people in the UK currently suffering from asthma (source: British Lung Foundation), the day is all about raising awareness of asthma and how asthma care can be improved worldwide. So what is asthma? […]

Depression Awareness Week

Published: October 23, 2015

Did you know that anxiety and depression affects one in five adults living in the UK? Owen Wilson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jim Carrey are just some of the celebrities who have battled depression and it can affect anyone. We all have periods of feeling down but having depression can make day to day life feel […]

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