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 ____________________________________________________________

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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 1 st December 2020


Persons tested 39,888,901 Positive tests (to date) 1,617,327 Mortalities: 66,713 UK Deaths (per day) 215 Worcestershire cases 10,912 Worcestershire deaths 339 Wyre Forest cases 2,011 Worcester City cases 1,866 Wolverhampton cases 7,993 Sandwell cases 12,177 Dudley cases 12,317 Birmingham cases 39,759 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. Download Public Health (England) (29/11/20) “Easy to Read” Statistics breakdown
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PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON COUNCIL PLANS Wyre Forest District Council leader, Graham Ballinger , is asking the public which of the council’s priorities we feel is most important to us. To fill out the survey, before Thursday, December 10, visit wyreforestdc.gov.uk/budget2021 Full article on our <News> page Covid-19 pandemic worsens council’s economic position and forces them to draw-down reserves. _____________________________
“Tiers for Fears” 26/11/2020: 12:02 The measures will be reviewed every fortnight , says Matt Hancock, with the first full review to be completed by the end of 16 th December . Areas in tier three ( very high alert ) - many businesses must close Birmingham and Black Country Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Areas are in tier two ( high alert ) : Worcestershire Herefordshire Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Areas in tier one: Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly Hancock thanks them for their "vigilance". How the government decided which tier to place different areas in. Decisions have been based on: Case detection rates in all age groups Case detection rates in the over 60s The rate at which cases are rising or falling Positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken) Pressure on the NHS
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. _________________________________________________________ Door-to-door carol singing and nativity plays for under 18s can take place once the lockdown in England ends, a Church of England representative has said (as long as people maintained 2m social distancing). Indoor communal singing would be limited to “performance only” from 2 nd December, meaning choirs or bands can sing in places of worship over Christmas but not the wider congregation. [You can be sung to .. but not with] For full details of all Tier Two restrictions, go to .gov.uk ____________________________________________________________

The World Health Organisation has announced that dogs cannot contract COVID-19

so dogs held in quarantine can now be released.

To be clear,

WHO let the dogs out.

Are you dreaming .. .. ? I know I’m dreaming .. .. But PaddyPower is saying .. 15/8 Aberdeen 2/1 Dundee 10/3 Edinburgh - Glasgow 4/1 Belfast - Dublin - Leeds - Manchester 5/1 London - Norwich 6/1 Birmingham - Cardiff - Liverpool Current odds (17/11/2020) on a “White Christmas(day)” .. and the most recent one was .. 2010. According to Mrs Sofia Money-Coutts - wife of Crispin, the 9th Baron Latymer .. and former ‘Tatler-Toff’ .. “Just EVERYBODY is starting their Christmas-es EARLY this year .. ‘Darhling’ !”