If you are in touch with friends, family or a support network in your community who can support you to get food and medicine, follow the advice in this letter.
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If, at any point, you think you have developed symptoms of coronavirus, such as a new, continuous cough and/or high temperature (above 37.8 °C), seek clinical advice using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service ( If you do not have access to the internet, call NHS 111.

Please do not book an appointment to attend your GP Practice using the online service if you've been to mainland China and have symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath within 2 weeks of returning, or if you have symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath after being in contact with someone with a confirmed case of Coronavirus. Please call 111 instead.

You can read more about Coronavirus on NHS.UK.

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Measles outbreak across Europe/Birmingham also affected

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MMR vaccine safe and no link to Autism says The National Autistic Society

Our position - MMR vaccine
Autism can have profound effects on a person and families understandably have questions about its causes, including whether there is a link to vaccines, such as MMR.

The National Autism Society logoOur position:
The National Autistic Society is clear that there is no link between autism and the MMR vaccine.

We believe that no further attention or research funding should be unnecessarily directed towards examining a link that has already been comprehensively discredited. Instead, we should be focusing our efforts on improving the lives of the 700,000 autistic people in the UK, and their families.

The evidence:
Much research has been devoted to this issue and the results have repeatedly shown there is no link. This includes a comprehensive review of all available studies on links between autism and vaccines in 2014, using data from more than 1.25 million children.

In addition, the original research linking the MMR vaccine and autism has been comprehensively discredited and the person who wrote it has been struck off the medical register. For a fuller account, please visit the BBC's website.

We still don't fully understand the exact causes of autism but research to date has shown it involves many complex and interacting factors, including genetics, the environment and the development of the brain.

For information on any of the above, please contact the National Autistic Society Press Office on 0207 903 3593 or email

Supporting People Disabilities Services

BCC Supporting People Disabilities Services namely mental health, learning disabilities and physical and sensory impairment has recently been recommissioned.

Based on eligibility criteria, service providers can offer suitable clients between 4-6 hours of support per week. The Supporting People programme aims to help vulnerable people improve their quality of life by providing a stable environment, which enables them to live more independently.

More information, which details exactly the service that can be provided and details of service providers, is available here.

Patient Survey Results

Thanks to our patients for returning the patient survey. Over 95% of our patients were very or fairly satisfied with our surgery.

You were pleased with the ease you can make an appointment and also how quickly you will be seen.

You mentioned that you would like the practice to be open at lunchtime, and we have now made arrangements for this to happen.

Once again, thank you all very much for your comments and the time you spent on filling out the forms.

The full results can be seen here - practice survey results

NHS cutbacks continue to delay hospital appointments

Please contact the hospital appointment departments for information on when you will receive your appointments.

Please try not to miss your appointments or you will be returned to the start of the waiting list. Missed appointments delay treatment for all patients, and waste resources.

And finally hospital A&E departments are for accidents and emergencies and are currently under severe pressure.

Other problems can be dealt with by the out of hours GP service Badger Tel:0121-766-2100 or ringing NHS direct 111.

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