COVID-19 research briefing 29/04/20 – diabetes

Researchers from across BHP are collaborating to analyse and summarise the latest COVID-19 literature to help inform clinical colleagues. Today’s update focuses on patients with diabetes – 20-30% of coronavirus patients at University Hospitals Birmingham have diabetes, and they are likely to have increased severity of the virus. This infographic summarises practical adjustments to standard … Continue reading “COVID-19 research briefing 29/04/20 – diabetes”

COVID-19 ‘Lighthouse Lab’ testing led by Birmingham Professor

An infectious disease expert from Birmingham Health Partners is playing a significant part in the fight against COVID-19, as one of the leads at the UK’s flagship COVID-19 testing facility in Milton Keynes. Professor Alan McNally (pictured), Director of UoB’s Institute of Microbiology and Infection – one of the UK’s highest performing infection and microbiology institutes … Continue reading “COVID-19 ‘Lighthouse Lab’ testing led by Birmingham Professor”

Student medics volunteering as 111 call handlers

Students from BHP founder-member the University of Birmingham are using their skills to support the fight against COVID-19 by volunteering their time to train as NHS 111 call handlers with the West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS). The first and second year students became involved through Birmingham Med Students for Action – a Facebook group set … Continue reading “Student medics volunteering as 111 call handlers”

Scientists shed light on action of key tuberculosis drug

A new study led by scientists at BHP founder member the University of Birmingham has shed fresh light on how a key front-line drug kills the tuberculosis bacterium. The research paves the way for development of new antibiotic drugs targeted at emerging strains of TB. Tuberculosis (TB) remains a global health challenge, responsible for around … Continue reading “Scientists shed light on action of key tuberculosis drug”

Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19

Now, more than ever, is a time to take steps to protect your mental health and wellbeing, and that of your family, friends and colleagues. The COVID-19 pandemic brings with it a variety of challenges for our frontline NHS team members,  who are facing important and demanding work over a potentially prolonged period of time. … Continue reading “Taking care of your mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19”