Please note and share this information as published from Walsall CCG following the recent inspection by CQC of Walsall Healthcare Trust:

Maternity Services

Proposed changes to maternity services at Walsall Manor Hospital

NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Walsall Healthcare Trust are proposing to put in place measures to ensure the safety and stability of maternity services at Walsall Manor Hospital.

This decision has been jointly agreed by health partners in Walsall with clinical advice from the Maternity Network, local GPs and midwives. The proposal has also been shared with Healthwatch Walsall and Walsall Health and Wellbeing Board.

The proposed changes are expected to take place week commencing the 21st March 2016 and will initially affect newly expectant women who are registered within a specific geographical area in Staffordshire and Walsall. Those women affected in Walsall, will be those patients registered with a Walsall GP to the west of Walsall. On booking with their GP, newly expectant women will be signposted to maternity care services at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust instead of Walsall Manor Hospital.

The full list of Walsall GP surgeries affected is as follows;

These GP practices have been considered following a fully completed quality risk assessment and geographically are closer in distance to the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

Some women, who are already booked into Walsall Manor Hospital, are also being reviewed to see their suitability to be redirected to an alternative trust. Anywomen, who will be impacted by the changes, will be contacted well in advance of the expected date of birth.

NHS Walsall CCG and Trust are working closely with other local health trusts and local and neighbouring GPs to communicate these changes to all expectant mums and health professionals.

Please take a look below at some of the answers to the most commonly asked questions about the move of some maternity services from the Walsall Manor Hospital to the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

This comes following recent feedback in a Care Quality Commission (CQC) Hospital Inspection report and maternity services at the hospital being rated as ‘inadequate’. There are a number of factors that have had an impact on the quality of maternity services at Walsall Manor Hospital:

  • Over the past few years there has been an increasing birth rate which last year meant nearly 5000 babies were born in the hospital and an increasing demand for neonatal cots required per day.
  • The closure of some maternity services and birth restrictions at other neighbouring trusts, has also led to more women choosing Walsall Manor Hospital for their maternity care.
  • The Trust has been working to maintain safe staffing levels on a 24/7 basis across this service, despite very real challenges with recruitment.  Even with recent recruitment, staffing levels have not kept pace with the increase in activity.

To stabilise the maternity service and to ensure that every Walsall mother and baby gets effective high quality care, the number of births at the hospital will be reduced.

‘Silver Thread’ Tapestries and Book
25th Anniversary Project
Walsall Council Creative Development Team
(reproduced from email received)
Walsall Council Creative Development Team celebrates 25 years of delivering community arts in Walsall., we are proud to announce our success in receiving £73,400 Arts Council England Lottery Funding to deliver a unique year long community arts project for Walsall Borough
We will involve an army of local people to create 11 unique tapestries representing the six towns and other areas in Walsall Borough. The tapestries will reflect the borough’s living history, diversity and commonality; acknowledge the past, reflect the present and embrace the future.
Creating the tapestries will provide the common thread to produce a commemorative book featuring 25 of Walsall Council’s Creative Development Team projects, which include The Brownhills Miner, Festivals and  a host of other projects from the 25 year history of the team’s work. The book will tell the story of the engaging creative processes and the impact participatory arts have made in Walsall’s communities across an area so diverse in history, heritage and geography.
The Silver Thread Tapestries and the book project will demonstrate how the Creative Development Team is a thread linking people, places and policies and instigating positive change in communities. We wish to celebrate and bring to life that thread and show people how we have sewn it.
For the Silver Thread Tapestries in February and March we will host meetings in 11 different areas of Walsall to plan the content for the tapestries and are inviting local community groups, history groups, and individuals with an interest in local culture and history to attend to help decide what to feature on the tapestries. Come and help us tell Walsall’s story, if you would like to attend a meeting in your local area please let us have your details by contacting us on 01922 653114.
The link will be made with the Leather industry by including leather work on the tapestries and we have discovered that Bloxwich was famous for a while for needle making as well as nails and awl blades.  Local Company Somerfields (Operational in Sandbank from 1700’s til 1992) made it into the Guinness book of records for the world’s largest needle more than 6ft long for sewing mattresses made by Mr George Davies, master forger.
Once the content for the tapestries has been decided, Midlands Artist Hunt Emerson famous for being an artist on the Beano comic, will create the designs for the 11 tapestries, at which point we will need an army of sewing groups and individuals to help sew the images. The sewing will start after Easter and continue until the autumn to create a unique set of tapestries to be exhibited together and toured around the borough in January 2017. If you or your sewing group or community group would like to take part in the sewing we want to hear from you. Call 01922 653114. We are particularly looking for sewing experts able to lead groups and look after a tapestry as part of our delivery team if this is you please contact us as soon as possible.
Over the past 25 years Walsall Council Creative Development Team (Formerly known as Walsall Council Community Arts Team) delivered hundreds of participatory arts projects involving thousands of local people. We will feature 25 of the best project examples in the Silver Thread Book. We want to hear from anyone who remembers participating in our past projects to help us tell the story of local communities and impact for participants. If you remember taking part in our theatre projects, exhibitions, events, projects or festivals we want to hear from you. Contact the team on 01922 653114
Look out for further press about the Silver Thread tapestries and book as the project unfolds over the year, we want to involve as many local people as we can.

The Council’s next Health & Social Care Scrutiny Committee is on the 11th February 2016.

The agenda is yet to be formally set, but I can advise that I have set up a seminar event and invited all elected members as per this email:

Dear Members,

The Chair of the Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee would like to invite all Members to a development session on mental health, which will be delivered by the Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust, and will take place on Thursday 11th February 2016 at 5.00.p.m. in a Conference Room of the Council House.
There will be a presentation followed by a question and answer session. Information provided will include ;-
·         services the Trust provides on behalf of the Council,
·         anticipated future plans of the Trust,
·         the relationship between learning disability and mental health and
·         details of the mental health pilot in schools.
Should you wish to attend please notify me so that I can keep a record. 
If you have any queries, please do give me a call.
Kind regards
The formal scrutiny meeting will follow at the delayed time of 6.30pm.
In the meantime I have been emailed a leaflet to promote services at the ILC targeted at men. While I’m sure that MH services are available to all who need it, it is a well-known fact that us guys are notoriously reticent at seeking this type of support – please help advertise the service by sharing etc…
Please share:

***The Urgent Care Centre, Community site, is moving***


From 10am on Wednesday 20th January 2016, the Urgent Care Centre will be located at Saddler’s Centre, Bridgeman Street, Walsall, WS1 1YT.

The Urgent Care Centre located in Market Square, town centre, Walsall, will close at 6pm on Tuesday 19th January 2016.

The other Urgent Care Centre at Walsall Manor Hospital will be unaffected by the changes, and will maintain normal operating hours of 7am to midnight.

Please circulate this message to help make people aware of the move and ensure minimal disruption.

 UCC moving poster FINAL 221215
How to access the service: 
No appointment is necessary. You can access health information, advice and treatment for minor injuries and minor illnesses – without having to book an appointment – at either Urgent Care Centre.
Both Urgent Care Centres will offer the same service to patients. When services are closed, patients can contact NHS 111 for further advice.
This year, there are more local NHS services than ever for people who fall ill or need health advice over Christmas and New Year:
For the first time, NHS Walsall CCG is trialling an additional GP service for patients across Walsall. From 8am to 8pm on Christmas Day, Bank Holiday Monday (28 December) and New Year’s Day, a GP service will be available at:
·         The Keys Family Practice, Field Street, Willenhall WV13 2NY. Tel: 01922 604847
·         Pelsall Village Health Centre, High Street, Pelsall, Walsall WS3 4LX. Tel: 01922 604460
This service is for patients who have an urgent illness or injury and cannot wait for an appointment with their registered GP surgery. It is not for routine GP or nurse appointments and patients don’t have to be registered with either GP surgery. To make a same-day appointment, patients can either telephone or walk into one of the surgeries on the day.
Our two Urgent Care Centres are open every day throughout the holiday period, providing fast, expert care for injuries and illnesses that are urgent but not life-threatening:
Urgent Care Centre
Opening hours
19-21 Digbeth, Market Square, Walsall, WS1 1QZ*
8am – 8pm every day
Walsall Manor Hospital, Willbraham Road (off Moat Road), Walsall, WS2 9PS
7am – midnight every day
*Please note that from 20th January, the Urgent Care Centre in Market Square will move to Saddlers Centre, Bridgeman Street, Walsall, WS1 1YT.
Several pharmacies across Walsall will be open over the holiday period for people to pick up prescriptions or regular medication. You can access a full list, including opening times here
If you need urgent medical help or advice but it’s not life-threatening then you can call 111. A trained adviser will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.
Remember that Accident and Emergency departments should only be used in a critical or life-threatening situation.
Please feel free to share this information with colleagues, staff and partner organisations. For more information visit our website www.walsallccg.nhs.uk or follow us on Twitter @WalsallCCG #StaywellWalsall. If you have any questions or comments please email ccgcomms@walsall.nhs.uk
Best wishes
Communications Team
NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group


You will be aware of the new pilot GP service for Christmas day, Bank Holiday Monday and New Year’s Day. Due to unforeseen circumstances, there is a change of location and the service will no longer be provided from Pelsall Village Health Centre. It will instead be available from Portland Medical Practice, Anchor Meadow, Aldridge, Walsall, West Midlands, WS9 8AJ. The telephone number will remain the same : 01922 604460.


Christmas is fast approaching and the changeable weather is a great environment for winter bugs to flourish and multiply. I have opted for the flu jab this year because we all know that man-flu is the worst possible flu of all…

Hopefully we will be all fit and well this Christmas, but it is very comforting to know that we can still rely on a GP service even on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

I’m delighted that the CCG are funding this service and that Pelsall Village Centre has been chosen as a location to host this. See leaflet below.



Healthwatch Walsall are collating feedback from people who may have an opinion on Mental Health Services in Walsall.

These services are provided by Dudley & Walsall Mental Health NHS Partnership Trust.

If we want these services to improve in any way it is important that we feedback our thoughts and this is an opportunity for doing so.

Please click on the image below for two engagement events involving coffee and mince pies (I can be bribed any day with these…).

Please also click here for a more detailed questionnaire that D&WMHP Trust and Healthwatch would be delighted if you were to complete.

Poster CL - HWW are currently collecting local peoples stories about the services they have received from the Dudley and Walsall Mental Health P