24 March 2016, Midlands

Washwood Heath Health and Wellbeing Centre showcases local community services

Washwood Heath Health and Wellbeing Centre in Birmingham hosted a community open day on 29 March, to showcase the range of excellent health and community services that are available on people's doorstep.

Washwood Heath Health and Wellbeing Centre, Birmingham

Welcoming residents from Washwood Heath, Saltley, Hodge Hill and surrounding communities, the one day event was organised by the Oakleaf GP Practice, with support from Community Health Partnerships, head tenant at the £15m healthcare facility and the local Police.

Alongside a range of fun activities including face painting and henna tattooing, people were able to find out about a range of local health and community services that are available from partners including:

  • Barnardos
  • Standguide
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Birmingham Citizens Advice
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • KiKit Drugs Outreach
  • Elite Adult Learning
  • Infection Control
  • Victim Support
  • Breast Screening
  • Washwood Heath Job Centre
  • Birmingham University
  • Mental Health Act Awareness
  • The Fire Service.


The event was free to attend and ran between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

 Manjit Singh, Senior Administrator at the Oakleaf Practice said: “As the health needs and personal preferences of people continue to change, it is increasingly important that we work to engage with patients, carers and citizens to promote wellbeing and prevent ill-health.”  

Andrew Meakin, Regional Property Director at Community Health Partnerships added: “CHP is delighted to support this event which will help educate and inform people about the range of excellent services that are available on their doorstep.”

Since opening its doors in 2011, the centre has become recognised as an integrated hub within the community.  Serving a patient population of over 15,000, the centre provides a range of much needed health and wellbeing services including a nurse led "walk-in" service, pharmacy, physiotherapy/pain management and family planning. The multi-purpose community space is also popular with local community groups that offer sessions including women only exercise, a diabetes class taught in Urdu, smoking cessation and baby clinics.

Local residents learning about the wide range of local health & community services

Local residents learning about the wide range of local health & community services

As the health needs and personal preferences of people continue to change, it is increasingly important to engage with patients, carers and citizens to promote well being and prevent ill-health.

Manjit Singh, Senior Administrator at the Oakleaf Practice