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Covid: Pulse oxygen monitors work less well on darker skin, experts say
31 Jul 2021 18:06
Pulse oximeters, which spot falling oxygen levels, may work less well on darker skin, experts warn.
Hunt for certainty over Covid cases continues
30 Jul 2021 16:18
Flurry of Covid data does not resolve debate around state of the pandemic in the UK.
Pregnant women urged to get jab as majority unvaccinated
30 Jul 2021 10:26
Estimates suggest hundreds of thousands of pregnant women in England have not yet had the vaccine.
Covid: Up to one in four admitted to hospital for other reasons
30 Jul 2021 16:04
The government says counting all patients who test positive is vital because of the impact on the NHS.
Drug deaths in Scotland reach new record level
30 Jul 2021 10:17
The country continues to have the worst drug death rate in Europe, with a further 1,339 people dying last year.
Latitude festival-goers test positive for coronavirus
30 Jul 2021 18:18
The 40,000 people a day Latitude festival is a Covid-19 restrictions test event for the government.
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You will be given a contact number for our duty doctor service.
This service will initially offer telephone advice, and if unable to resolve the problem on the telephone, you will either be offered an appointment at a local Primary Care centre run by the service, or a visit will be arranged.
Please do not use this service for routine matters, as it may delay the service in dealing with urgent problems.
Other Useful Out-Of-Hours Services
NHS 111 - 111 - available 24 hours a day - offering a nurse-led telephone service of healthcare advice and information. Information is also available on the NHS website on:
NHS Walk-in Centre - open from 8.00am until 8.00pm every day. Located within the Summerfield GP and Urgent Care Centre, 134 Heath Street, Winson Green. Tel: 0345 245 0769.
NHS Walk-in Centre - open from 7.00am until 10.00pm every day. This centre is located on the Lower Ground Floor, Boots the Chemist, 66 High Street, Birmingham (opposite Marks & Spencer).
Accident and Emergency - open 24 hours - for critical and life-threatening conditions such as heavy blood loss, poisoning, suspected broken bones and deep wounds.
Ambulance service - call 999 - for emergencies, such as loss of consciousness, severe chest pain, serious accidents or severe blood loss.