New website for pregnant women and parents of children 0-18 years

A new resource has been launched by the NHS Black County Integrated Care Board (ICB) to support pregnant women and parents of children with a range of health advice.

The new website contains health advice from local health professionals for families in one place. There’s an extensive directory of common childhood illnesses such as rashes, coughs, asthma, sickness, earache,
conjunctivitis and head injuries as well as information on maternity and mental health and wellbeing.

The health information showcases a traffic light system so parents and guardians know the signs to look out for, where to seek help, what to do to keep an unwell child comfortable and how long symptoms should last. It can be easily shared by print or by sending a link via SMS for free.

It follows similar initiatives happening across the country, known as Healthier Together, which have shown a positive impact in that area by reducing GP appointments and A&E attendances.

You can access the site now, go to

My SmokeFree Life App

My Smoke Free Life Digital Stop Smoking Programme

A digital stop smoking programme tailored to you

  • Are you age 18 and over, and either:
  • Living in Walsall?
  • Working in Walsall?
  • or registered with a GP in Walsall?

My SmokeFree Life app Walsall provides a 12 week programme of support with FREE stop smoking treatments delivered to your door* and the option to speak with a stop smoking advisor.
*Eligibility criteria applies.

Break Free, breathe easy, and embrace a smoke-free life

Download the My SmokeFree Life app today and begin your journey to a smoke free life!

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Pop-up child vaccine clinics in the Black Country

Child vaccine catch-up clinics are available at pop-up sites across the Black Country throughout July and August.

The community pop-up clinics are being hosted at a range of locations across Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall, with no appointment necessary.
Parents and guardians of children aged 2 months to 16 years who have missed or delayed a childhood vaccine are being encouraged to come forward.
Childhood vaccinations are safe and effective and are essential for the prevention of several serious diseases. The following vaccines will be offered at the clinics:

  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine: Protects against HPV, a common sexually transmitted infection that can lead to cervical, anal, and other types of cancers. The vaccine is recommended for both boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 13.
  • DTP Vaccine: Provides protection against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). These diseases can cause severe complications and even death. The DTP vaccine is typically administered in several doses throughout childhood.
  • MMR Vaccine: Protects against measles, mumps, and rubella (german measles). Measles, in particular, is highly contagious and can lead to serious complications. The MMR vaccine is usually given in two doses, with the first dose administered around the age of 12-15 months and the second dose between 4-6 years.
  • Meningitis Vaccine: Guards against meningococcal disease, a severe infection that can cause meningitis and blood poisoning. The vaccine is recommended for adolescents and young adults, particularly those starting university or college.

The clinics will be staffed by trained healthcare professionals from the NHS and Vaccination UK who specialise in childhood vaccinations and follow all necessary safety protocols. Parents and carers who are unsure if their child is up to date with their vaccinations can also check this at the clinics.

For more information and to find you nearest pop up clinic, go to

Diabetes Prevention Week (22nd – 28th May)

You can prevent type 2 diabetes by eating a healthy, balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight and keeping physically active.

People living with diabetes also face higher risk of heart disease, stroke, nerve damage, foot problems, vision loss and kidney problems.

There are some groups at higher risk of type 2 diabetes: men, people of South Asian or Black ethnicity, people who are overweight and people with a family history of type 2 diabetes.

Find out your risk of type 2 diabetes:

Diabetes UK – Know Your Risk of Type 2 diabetes

Find out more about type 2 diabetes:

Type 2 diabetes – NHS (

Walsall Parkinson’s Cafe

Parkinson’s UK (

Garden Party and Cake Sale

Join us for tea, homemade cakes, a raffle, auction, secondhand book sale, and more!

Saturday 10th June, 1-4 pm

33 Gorway Road, Walsall, WS1 3BE

Donations for raffle prizes and auction welcome.

Please get in touch for collection:

Walsall Parkinson’s Cafe

Held 2-4pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month

The Pretty Bricks public house (lounge), 5 John Street, Walsall, WS2 8AF

The cafe aims to provide support, information, and friendship to people living with Parkinson’s, family members and carers.

Everyone welcome, no booking required.

For more information contact Mark on 07783913185 or [email protected]

Digital Resource for Carers

A carer can be anyone of any age who provides unpaid support (excluding carer’s allowance) to a neighbour, friend or family member who could not manage without this help, due to illness, disability, frailty, mental ill health or substance misuse

Are you looking after someone?

Get the support you need with the Black Country and West Birmingham STP’s Digital Resource for Carers.

Visit and use our unique access code to create an account for FREE:


Digital Resource for Carers | Carers UK

Get access to:

Designed to help carers access advice and information relevant to their situation, find resources and identify sources of support including technology, as well as promote carers’ own health and wellbeing.
A central place to store and share important information about the person you are caring for. Set up appointments, allocate tasks, save files and notes, manage medication and lots more.
Free Publications
Essential reading for carers including: Upfront guide to caring, Looking after someone – Carers Rights Guide and Being heard: A self-advocacy guide for carers
More Resources & Info
Access links to further resources and sources of information and support for people who are looking after a loved one.

World Immunisation Week

24th – 30th April is #WorldImmunisationWeek

Make sure your child is protected against becoming seriously unwell by being up to date with their MMR vaccination.

Contact the surgery to book your child’s appointment.

Visit the NHS website to find out more: MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine – NHS (

National Cancer Patient Experience Survey

At the NHS, we want our patients to have the best experience possible and having continuous patient feedback is crucial in helping us deliver what patients want and need.

The national Cancer Patient Experience Survey (CPES) asks for feedback from cancer patients (16 years and over*), to inform and improve local cancer services across England. Those who were treated for cancer as an inpatient or day-case, and left hospital in April, May or June 2022, will be invited to take part in the survey.

The survey takes 10-20 minutes to complete and can be done online, on paper, or over the phone. If you need support completing the survey or need it made available in another language you can call the free helpline number: 0800 103 2804.

The NHS and cancer charities use the results to understand what is working well and which areas need improvement. The results enable them to identify national and local priorities and work with patients and partners to deliver change.

The survey is anonymous and all personal data will be kept safe.

The results of the survey will be available in Summer 2023.

For more information on the survey and how to access help and support in completing it, please visit

*A separate survey has been launched for those aged 16 and under,