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Exciting plans approved to improve services and increase capacity at Solihull Hospital

The Parish Council have recently received the information below:-

Solihull residents will soon benefit from new and improved services and increased capacity at Solihull Hospital, thanks to significant strides made by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

Solihull Minor Injuries Unit re-opening in 2023

The Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Solihull Hospital was temporarily paused in May 2020, to initially offset the impact of the pandemic and then to facilitate the creation of a COVID-secure dedicated elective surgery site. This has enabled the Trust to offer patients their elective surgical procedures, as well as outpatients and diagnostic services, throughout the course of the pandemic.

The Trust is now in a position to proceed with plans to re-open a refurbished MIU at Solihull Hospital. The service will be able to treat a range of common issues such as cuts and wounds, minor burns and scalds, broken bones, as well as injuries to the back, shoulder and chest. Point of care blood testing and plain film x-ray, will also be available.

The proposed opening date for the MIU is June 2023 and further information will be shared closer to the time.

Six new theatres for Solihull Hospital

The Trust has secured initial agreement to expand theatre capacity at Solihull Hospital and have therefore submitted a planning application to build a new elective surgical hub. The hub will encompass six theatres (replacing three Vanguard modular theatres and creating three new), as well as support services.

Hospital-wide, taking into account other existing theatres across the site, this will result in a total provision of 13 high-quality theatres.

The theatres will cover a broad range of low and high complexity cancer and non-cancer surgery. This will be a cutting-edge development, aligned with current national policy. There is an indicative opening date of December 2023, subject to approvals, engagement and building supplies and costs.

Re-configuration of surgical services across hospital sites

The Trust has been exploring and understanding how we can more effectively configure how surgical services are delivered across all of our hospitals.

This has resulted in a proposed model for elective care based around more effective use of resources. The proposal will see a small number of procedures move from one hospital site to another, with outpatient appointments remaining at a patient’s local hospital.

The most significant change will be the increase of elective procedures at Solihull Hospital. The proposal will see an estimated additional 15,000 treatments each year.

The Trust will be holding engagement sessions at all of our hospital sites, as well as virtually, to provide further information on these proposals. To find out more please visit: www.uhb.nhs.uk/get-involved/improvement-expansion/

Information From CSW Broadband – Upgrading landlines to digital technology – what you need to know

The Following Information has been proided by CSW Broadband

The technology that we use to make landline phone calls is due to be upgraded over the next few years but what does this mean for you as a landline customer?

Traditionally, landline phone calls have been delivered over the old ‘copper’ telephone network known as the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). However, the equipment used in the PSTN was developed and installed in the 1980’s and is becoming harder and increasingly more expensive to maintain. BT has therefore taken the decision to retire the PSTN by the end of December 2025.

Telecoms providers have been investing heavily in new systems and infrastructure networks such as full fibre, which means that in the future, landline calls can be delivered via digital technology called Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), which uses a broadband connection.

Your landline provider will contact you well in advance of when the process to start migrating your old landline to your new telephone service will apply to you and your property.

Once a home service is moved from PSTN to VoIP, the phone will generally work in the same way as it always has, but it will need to be plugged into a broadband router instead of into the phone socket on your wall. If you need any new equipment – e.g. a new router, your provider should sort this out for you.

This change from PSTN to VoIP will affect other devices that rely on a phone line – such as some fire and burglar alarm systems and telecare devices. It is therefore important that you mention those devices to your provider and check if they need to be replaced or reconfigured in order to continue working when they notify you that your service is to be migrated.

Once the PSTN is switched off, if you wish to continue having a landline phone, but don’t already have broadband or don’t use a broadband service, you will generally still need to have a suitable connection. Ofcom expects that providers will have a range of options for people in this situation.

However, as VoIP services will operate successfully on broadband connections of less than 1Mbps, customers should not be forced to take out a high-speed broadband package if they do not want to.

One issue with VoIP that has raised concerns with residents is what happens during a power cut at your property? A phone connected to a broadband router wouldn’t work as it gets its power from the property’s mains electricity supply. So what if you needed to call the emergency services?

If you rely on your landline – for example, you don’t have a mobile phone, are unable to use a mobile phone or you don’t have a mobile signal inside your home – your ISP must make sure that you are able to contact the emergency services in the event of a power cut. This could be in the form of battery back-up so that your landline will continue to work for the minimum of at least 1 hour.

However, since the end of 2018, Ofcom’s published guidance states an expectation to ‘recommend only providing battery back-up or other protection facilities to vulnerable consumers.’ If you would still quite like the option of a back-up solution but aren’t in a vulnerable group, ISP Review’s Solutions for Battery Back-up of Fibre Broadband and VoIP article provides you with some options.

If you have any further queries or concerns about the migration to VoIP technology, we suggest you contact your landline or broadband provider in the first instance. More information is also available at the Future of Voice website.

Queens Jubilee Celebration – What a Great Day!

On the 3rd June 2022 the community came together to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, at Woodbourne Sports & Social Club.

Fun was had by all. The event was opened by Doug Montgomery (Woodbourne Sports Club) and Mark Reohorn (Chairman of Tidbury Green Parish Council). Everyone was welcomed to the event, which was organised by Woodbourne Sports Club and supported by Tidbury Green Parish Council.

The welcomes and introductions were followed by a beautiful, moving performance by Aoife, who at only 5 years sang the National Anthem. Well done Aoife, you were amazing!

During the day a Bowls competition took place.

There was plenty for adults and children to enjoy, including:-

🏰– A Bouncy Castle   🥂 🍾 – Cream Teas & Prosecco

 

🍔 🌭 – BBQ  🍭– Sweets      🤡– Face Painting

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Old School Kids races !

 

Bar                   🎼    Music 🎸

 

There were also some fantastic raffle prizes including the following:-

£50 Johnson Coaches Voucher                          

£75 Chung Ying Chinese Restaurant Vocher

Meal for 2 @ Th eRailway, Dorridge

£20 Becketts Farm Voucher

£20 Tropic Skincare Voucher

£75 Draw My City Prints Voucher

£50 ENC Skincare & Aesthetics Voucher  

4 x passes for Freddies Playpad

Whartons Furniture Ornament

£25 Earlswood Garden Centre Voucher

Grey Goose Vodka

Fowlers Cheese Selection

£25 Botanic Beauty Voucher

Signed Warwickshire Cricket Shirt

3 Course Meal for 2 @ Monsoon Restaurant

Plus lots of Beer, Champagne, Wine, Sweets & Chocolate.

Thank you to everyone that donated prizes.

The kids and some of the adults, including the Parish Council Chairman, Mark Reohorn, loved meeting and hanging with Louie, the Orangutan.