I.C.H.C. office | Station Approach | Comberton Hill | Kidderminster | Worcs.|  DY10 1QX
Independent Community & Health Concern Caring for the Community in Wyre Forest

Welcome to Wyre Forest

Home of I.C.H.C.


01562 823 581

Please use this answer-phone service to contact our office. You can also make contact with specific Councillors via the phone / e.mail details on <Councillors>


Please use talk2us@healthconcern.org.uk to send a message. It will either be replied to directly or acknowledged & forwarded to the appropriate person.


Yes; we still use the jolly-old fax - it cannot be hacked the way these new-fangled systems can. Our number is 01562 77 00 11
Independent Community & Health Concern ____________________________________________________________

Our ‘Heart-in-Hands’ logo


The Premier Independent political party in Wyre Forest

The Wyre Forest area of north Worcestershire is the home of independent political thought - having been represented in Parliament for two terms (ten years) by the Independent M.P. Dr. Richard Taylor M.B.E.

Representing Wyre Forest people

The party works at Wyre Forest District and local Town and Parish levels with Councillors on the Bewdley, Kidderminster and Stourport-on-Severn town councils.

Not just a ‘Single Issue’ party

As is reflected in it’s title, Independent Community and Health Concern is NOT just a ‘single issue’ grouping of independent representatives of the people; taking on-board all manner of local problems (and solving them) and local aspirations (and aiding in their delivery). It grew out of the projected closure of Kidderminster Hospital (to which so many had contributed with fund-raising). This prompted mass protest and street parades and, ultimately, the rejection of the sitting Labour MP - a junior Minister. While I.C.H.C. remains fundamentally concerned with the provision of health facilities and the delivery of all that results in ‘good health’ it is associated with concern for all aspects of a healthy community - education for all ages, support for the disabled and the elderly, transport, arts and entertainment, nature and the environment.


as per 17 th October 2020


Persons tested 25,476,034 Positive tests (to date) 689,257 Mortalities: 43,429 UK Deaths (per day) 136 Worcestershire cases 4,426 Worcestershire deaths 286 Wyre Forest cases 761 Worcester City cases 721 Wolverhampton cases 3,012 Sandwell cases 4,367 Dudley cases 2,648 Birmingham cases 16,540 Patients in Worcestershire who died were aged between 47 and 99 years old. All had known underlying health conditions. The Acute Hospital Trust covers Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Evesham Community Hospital as well as the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch and Kidderminster Hospital.
DAY 209
A new poll from YouGov has found as many as 85 per cent of us aren't washing our fabric face coverings properly in between uses. 15 per cent have never washed theirs ! Only one in eight people are washing reusable paper face coverings correctly - once a day in laundry detergent and hot water and then discarding them after 3 or 4 washes.
.. and when will they go to the grooming parlor ?
I.C.H.C. acknowledges the debt we owe to THE FEW .. and their sacrifice during the BATTLE OF BRITAIN which took place between 10th July and 31st October 1940 in this the 80th Anniversary year Link to Tribute site
Boris’ Latest Plan
A New Emergency System From October, Alexandra (Redditch) and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals are implementing a new national programme called ‘NHS 111 First’, where the public will be asked to contact NHS 111 before attending A&E if they have an urgent (but not serious or life-threatening) medical emergency. They will then be given a timeslot at an A&E department or directed to the appropriate service which could be a GP or a dentist. This new system should mean patients will get to speak with a senior clinician earlier and will diminish crowding and reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission. For people with serious or life-threatening illnesses or injuries you will still be advised to dial 999, as before. Attending A&E without having contacted NHS 111 may involve a longer wait to be seen, although there will be “Care Navigators” in A&E departments to help people use ‘NHS 111’ while they are waiting, which may result in people being directed elsewhere for prompt treatment. _________________________________________________________ TWO Worcestershire schools, Chantry School, Martley and Broadheath CE Primary School, have confirmed cases of coronavirus and have sent pupils home to self-isolate. Thirty-nine Martley year 10 pupils are being provided with remote learning with Headteacher Andrew Dickenson telling parents “We have all of the current DfE guidance for the full reopening of schools in place.” Broadheath’s parents were being reassured that “ .. Covid-19 will be a mild illness and that the school remains open and, if children remain well, they can continue to attend school as normal.” Dr Kathryn Cobain, Director for Public Health for Worcestershire said: “An individual from Broadheath C of E Primary School was quickly identified as testing positive for COVID19 and measures put in place to protect the school and help minimise any further disruption. Close contacts have been identified and traced, they are now also self-isolating for 14 days in line with guidance and will continue their learning through home access learning.” ____________________________________________________________
Tier TWO - HIGH RISK West Midlands: Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Walsall Tier ONE - MEDIUM RISK Wyre Forest and Worcestershire