Message from Councillor Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Council

The light at the end of the tunnel

The announcement of a COVID vaccine is incredibly welcome as we enter our second full week of this lockdown. It’s early days and I understand the need for caution. But the fact that scientists have proved it is possible to make a working vaccine is cause for celebration, at one point no-one was completely certain it could be done.

This particular vaccine is one of many being developed, but the news from the trials is exactly what we all wanted to hear and can allow us to imagine a way out of this pandemic. Of course, the reality is we haven’t got it now. A lot of work will have to be done to plan and deliver mass vaccination, in an operation over many, many months that some have described as overshadowing evacuation in WW2. Nevertheless, a lot of effort is now being applied in the country to tackle all this work.

Sadly, Tuesday’s COVID figures of 532 deaths and 1,366 new hospital admissions explains why we are now in a lockdown, why we cannot meet socially with anyone indoors unless they’re in our support bubble and why we must keep up with our hand washing, social distancing and covering our faces when required.

Read more here.

Shared records will improve care in Solihull and Birmingham

People living in Solihull and Birmingham will soon get better, safer care and treatment, thanks to the introduction of joined-up health and care records.

The Birmingham and Solihull Health Information Exchange (HIE), due to launch in the next few months, will bring together a person’s separate records into a structured, easy-to-read format. This will give health and care professionals directly involved in an individual’s care a more complete view of the care and treatment they’ve had across all services.

To read the full press release and find more information please visit the Birmingham and Solihull Live Healthy Live Happy website.