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”

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”

Will COVID-19 forever change our view on which conditions need critical care?

There are many words that have been used to describe the COVID-19 pandemic but in this short blog we want to focus on two: ‘unprecedented’ and ‘portal’. The former has been used to describe our current state of being: our lack of preparedness, the newness of our experience, the vulnerability and uncertainty that we feel … Continue reading “Will COVID-19 forever change our view on which conditions need critical care?”

Altruism and solidarity – an argument FOR wearing face masks in the community

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, a much debated issue continues to be the use of face masks by otherwise healthy individuals in the community – something that is yet to be recommended by either the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England (PHE). Increasingly, other countries are not only advising but requiring their citizens … Continue reading “Altruism and solidarity – an argument FOR wearing face masks in the community”