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South Staffordshire health centre champions health of community

A South Staffordshire GP practice has been making great strides to look after the health of local people with a series of initiatives and fundraisers to help patients in the community.

Staff and supporters at Bilbrook Medical Centre, based in Brookfield Road, Wolverhampton, have been walking, baking and raising money to support diabetes and Alzheimer’s patients and provide their community with life-saving defibrillators - as well as spreading the word about good health and illness prevention.

Twelve members of staff took part in a memory walk event on Sunday, November 27, to raise £122 for the Alzheimer's Society, and practice staff competed in a fundraising bake-off on Monday, November 7, cooking up £304 for Breast Cancer Now's Wear It Pink campaign.

The practice also ran a very successful diabetes awareness event in Codsall, aimed at giving patients diagnosed with the illness in the last two years and people with more complex medical needs advice on how to manage their conditions.

More than sixty people attended the event at the Codsall council offices on Wednesday, November 30, which featured stalls manned by dieticians, Diabetes Nurse Specialists, support groups and local authorities.

Diabetes experts, including opticians and podiatrists, offered advice on foot and eye care and information about diet and exercise. The event even featured a diabetic buffet - showing patients that they could still enjoy cakes and biscuits if they were cooked in a different way - and gave them the opportunity to sign up for a leisure centre fitness programme.

The event, which also allowed stallholders and staff to network and share ideas, was regarded as such a success it was suggested that it be replicated across the locality.

The practice has also donated £1,200 on top of £300 raised by its patients' participation group to help fund one of two defibrillators being sited in Bilbrook village by the local authority.

Bilbrook Medical Centre Practice Manager Di Palfrey said: "We are proud to part of a team, and have a patient group whose drive and sociability helps to make a difference to our local community and raise money for good causes.“

The practice has been running in the community for more than 50 years and currently has around 7,700 patients. Bilbrook Medical Centre was rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission earlier this year following an inspection in March (2016).

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