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Bi-lingual care for Brummies

Advice service will help Birmingham residents manage their long-term medical conditions better

Birmingham residents with cardiovascular disease, heart failure or diabetes have begun enrolling into a bi-lingual service aimed at helping them manage their condition better.

The scheme, Birmingham OwnHealth, available in English and Punjabi, was developed by a partnership between North and Eastern Birmingham Primary Care Trusts, NHS Direct and Pfizer Health Solutions.

It will offer up to 2,000 residents of the city a personalised programme of healthcare support over the telephone from a trained nurse supplied by NHS Direct.

ìPatient-centred, community-based services, such as Birmingham OwnHealth, have an important role to play in transforming the National Health Service from a 'sick' care service into a modern day 'health' care system, which values innovation, early intervention and disease prevention,î said Pfizer Health Solutions head, John Procter.

According to Department of Health statistics, 17.5 million people in the UK (about 29 per cent of the population) are living with a long-term medical condition, such as CVD, heart disease or diabetes.

2nd September 2008

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