Have your say on urgent healthcare services

Pelsall residents are being urged to have their say on urgent healthcare care services after only 1,500 people across the whole borough completed a survey on the issue.

Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) launched a review of urgent care services in May this year and have held drop-in events and online consultation opportunities over the summer.

But so far, only about 1,500 people have completed the short survey. Health and Social Care Scrutiny Panel chairman, Pelsall councillor Marco Longhi, said it was important for as many people as possible to have their say.

He said: “Not many people have responded to the consultation considering the number of households there are in Walsall. This is really important and we need to remind residents that they still have time to have their say.”

The CCG has canvassed opinion about the short- and long-term future of the services and has put forward three suggestions for the immediate future of the Walk-in Centre, which must be relocated by April 2015.

The options are to move the walk-in centre to:

  • A new town centre location
  • In the North of the borough
  • The Manor Hospital and combine it with the Urgent Care Centre.

The consultation also covers Walsall CCG’s long-term plans for urgent and emergency care  over the next three to five years.
The short survey can be found on the Walsall CCG website

Consultation closes on Thursday, 14 August 2014.

The decision for the short and longer-term will be made by the CCG Governing Body on 4 September, 2014.

A  progress report will be discussed by the Health and Social Care Scrutiny Panel and Health and Wellbeing Board next month (September).


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Music Festival raises more than £1,000

Last weekend’s  live music festival event in Pelsall has raised more than £1,000 for two charities.

About 1,500 people attended Pelsall Music Live on the Common, which was organised by Walsall Council’s park rangers and saw local bands and artists perform on two stages.

The charity event was in aid of St Giles Hospice and The Teenage Cancer Trust – both causes that were supported by Walsall Council’s Gareth Perrins Seedhouse who died last month after a long battle with a rare form of cancer..

Councillor GarryPerry said: “When we enjoy our green spaces please let’s remember Gareth who worked so hard to get funding and improvements for them.

“He will be very much missed by council colleagues and the wider community and even when he was really poorly he was still trying to raise money forThe Teenage Cancer Trust and St Giles Hospice. We can carry on doing so in his memory.”

John Millard, senior park ranger, said there had been calls to make Pelsall Music Live an annual event.

“We’re really pleased at the turnout and everyone had a great time so watch this space!”

A total of £1,008.30 will be split between the two charities.

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Councillor calls for more NHS services at Pelsall Village Centre

Pelsall councillor Marco Longhi has launched a petition to extend NHS services in the village.

The petition, to Dr Amrik Gill, chair of the Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group, calls for NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group to offer a combination of GP and other NHS services at the Pelsall Village Centre during weekends.

“At a time when people are being discouraged to attend our overstretched hospital it seems extraordinary that outreach services (e.g. minor treatment, podiatry or routine monitoring) are not available during extended hours at this modern and spacious facility,” he says.

“It is even more extraordinary that on a Saturday when the Library is attracting the largest number of people into the building that NHS services, as well as the pharmacy shop, are unavailable.

“Please ensure weekend access to GP and other hospital outreach services, and explore the viability of locating dentistry services at Pelsall’s Village Centre.”

Supporters can sign the petition here.



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Cyrille Regis guest star at Pelsall Villa Colts evening


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Shoppers donate food to foodbank

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Walsall North Foodbank volunteers

Kind shoppers have donated trolley-loads of food for the Walsall North Foodbank.

Volunteers from the Trussell Trust foodbank spent three days collecting donations from shoppers at Tesco Brownhills as part of their campaign to fill the shelves with two tonnes of long-life goods for when it opens at Pelsall Methodist Church next month.

Carpets Direct certA certificate of thanks has also been issued to a local business that has supported the new facility in Chapel Street.

Carpets Direct donated flooring material for the foodbank an fitted it free of charge.

Councillor Marco Longhi said the councillors approached the store after inspecting the foodbank premises after a meeting in May.

“We feel that this donation should not go unnoticed,” he said.

Earlier this year, One Stop, based in Lichfield Road, Brownhills, provided materials and labour to fit out the room.

Anyone who wants to donate food or can volunteer at the food bank, which will open on Tuesdays and Fridays, should telephone Rev Rob Farmer at St Mark’s Church on 01922 692550.


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Carnival 2014

Carnival photos – July 5 2014:

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The clear-up begins – July 5 (l-r) Councillor Gary Perry, Dave Wood, Councillor Marco Longhi

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Carnival timetable for July 5

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The carnival committee would also welcome volunteers to help with clearing the litter on Sunday, July 6. Just turn up  at the Common, by the crossroads Victoria Road, at 10.30am.

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