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Issue 28 - December 2018

What's happening -

Christmas care

Meeting Minds

Phil Hill - is a mental health

survivor who has worked for 25

years and is still on his recovery


Name three things that

keep you well?

My medication helps me function

at a high level but aff ects my pulse

and sleep pattern, so to combat

that I run, which has reversed my

diabetes and I try to keep working

which keeps me grounded in reality.

What helps you relax?

Music can manipulate my mood. I

vary it from classical to rock! I also

feel most comfortable when I'm

running. It puts me in the zone.

Favourite healthy meal choice?

Pasta and dark chocolate (not


Tell us your story

Please get in touch with us if you

would like us to tell your story.

Email us:

Over the festive season, our PALS

Customer Relations offi ce will close

at 3pm on Monday 24 December

and reopen from 8am to 5pm on

Thursday 27 December and Friday 28

December 2018.

Customer Relations will be open

at 8am on Monday 31 December until

3pm then close on New Year's Day

and reopen at 8am on Wednesday 2

January 2019.

Normal hours - Monday to Friday,

8am to 8pm - will resume on this date.

To help look after your mental

health over the festive period, please:

• Make sure you have

enough medication to

last over the holidays

• Plan routine GP

appointments and

check the operating/

opening hours of your

health care provider

• Call 111 or visit your

local pharmacist for

advice if you are

feeling unwell - don't

wait for your GP

surgery to open again.

Carers can contact Homegroup in

either Solihull or Birmingham and

speak to the Emergency Duty Teams.

Call: 0345 141 4663.

If you, or someone you know, use

our services and need to contact us

during the festive closure, please

contact our 24 hour switchboard on

0121 301 0000 for assistance.

The 'extended access' off er to

Birmingham and Solihull residents

means that patients registered with a

GP within the Birmingham and Solihull

areas, can now access a variety

of primary care appointments (GP,

nurse, healthcare assistant) in the

weekdays up until 8pm, weekends

and bank holidays, from extended

access hubs.

These appointments may not be

at your regular GP surgery but will be

easily accessible.

Details of all of the extended

access hubs can be found on www.

Keep up to date


on social media

Twitter @BSMHFT

Take care of your mental health

over the festive period

GP's - extended

access to primary care


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