Spire Healthcare criticised for distress caused by controversial surgeon Ian Paterson

Private health group Spire has apologised to patients who may have suffered during treatment by controversial surgeon Ian Paterson at its hospitals in Little Aston and Solihull. The group said it welcomed the findings of a report by independent consultancy Verita after concerns were raised over the work of consultant surgeon Mr Paterson. The report…

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Driver’s lucky escape as car destroyed in crash

A driver escaped a major smash with just a minor hand injury after his car overturned and crashed into a ditch this afternoon. The man, in his 20s, had been driving along the A46 in Hampton-on-the-Hill at around 2.15pm today when the accident happened. By the time paramedics arrived, he had been helped out of…

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Teetotal pensioner told he ‘reeked of alcohol’ by doctor

A teetotal pensioner was left fuming after being accused of smelling of alcohol during a hospital appointment. Chris White, who has never touched a drop, was told a doctor picked up a “strong smell of alcohol” when the 83-year-old visited Solihull Hospital. Health chiefs launched an investigation after he complained and demanded the comment be…

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Baby Harvey’s life saved by sleeping in freezing temperatures

Little Harvey Sutton is one cool baby because his life was saved by sleeping on an ice bed. He was put on a high-tech cooling mattress after he was starved of oxygen before he was born, leaving him with only a 30 per cent chance of survival. The three-day treatment at Heartlands Hospital saw Harvey’s…

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Mum misses out on £7k lottery win by 3 days

A devastated single mum has told how she missed out on a Postcode Lottery jackpot by just three days. Helen James, 35, saw her neighbours in Castle Bromwich celebrate winning a total of £2 million in the 1st February draw but she was told she was not eligible for a share, a minimum of £7,110,…

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Ex-servicemen to honour Solihull RAF veteran at his funeral

Old soldiers and airmen were today paying their last respects to an RAF veteran after answering an appeal for mourners to attend his funeral. The call went out on the Army Rumour Service website after council workers clearing out Barry Neal’s Solihull home stumbled across Royal Air Force memorabilia and hundreds of Airfix models. The…

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More than 100 Castle Bromwich residents share £2m lottery jackpot

An entire suburb is celebrating after more than 100 Castle Bromwich residents scooped the cash in the People’s Postcode draw. The 103 lucky punters matched at least four digits of the winning B36 9HD code, bagging themselves a minimum of £7,110 each – and one player, who remained anonymous, matched the complete postcode and bagged…

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Joyce’s Quiz has raised over £90,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support

A Solihull woman who devised a charity quiz after beating cancer is well on the way to raising £100,000 after the game attracted fans worldwide. Joyce Rothschild launched Joyce’s Quiz to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support out of gratitude when she successfully fought an aggressive form of breast cancer. Over the past 18 years,…

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Men given lengthy sentences for Kingshurst break-in

Two men have been jailed for 16 years after they attacked a sleeping couple in their Solihull home last summer. The pair awoke at their Guernsey Drive address in the early hours of 22nd August 2013 to knocking at the front of the address – just moments later the back of the house was broken…

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Merger plan for six GP surgeries

Six GP practices in Solihull could be merged together after plans were announced for all services to work closer together in the future. Meadowside Family Health Centre, Blythe Practice, Park Surgery, Tanworth Lane Surgery, Village Surgery and Yew Tree Medical Centre, which covers nearly 20 per cent of the Solihull population, have this week announced…

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