Report the death of someone with a learning disability

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New programme on measuring the deaths of people with learning disabilities launches in Essex.

People with learning disabilities are four times as likely to die of preventable causes compared with the general population. The Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme aims to help reduce premature mortality and health inequalities for people with learning disabilities in England through local reviews of deaths of people with learning disabilities. Thurrock CCG and Council are taking part in this Pan-Essex programme.

This programme was officially launched across Essex on 1 September 2017. The leaflet and poster below provide further information.

More information

For more information on the Essex LeDeR programme call 01702 314299

Reporting a death

To report the death of an Essex resident with learning disabilities you can phone or use an online form.
Call: 0300 777 4774 (confidential)

New app can help you fit in 10 minutes of exercise a day

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New One You campaign encourages adults across the country to get more active by building just 10 minutes of brisk walking into their daily lives

Modern day life makes it hard to be healthy, so it’s not surprising that most of us are not fitting enough physical activity into our days. Sitting down at work and commuting by car or public transport means we’re not active for a lot of the working day and technology allows us to shop and stay in touch without ever having to leave the sofa.

However, a brisk ten minute walk can make a huge difference to your health - it gets the heart pumping faster, can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood. Over time, brisk walking can help to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Opening times this August bank holiday (28 August 2017)

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Residents of Thurrock should be aware that some pharmacies, GP practices and other NHS services in the area may not be open this coming bank holiday Monday.

As most GP surgeries and pharmacies will be closed on Monday, we would like to encourage patients to order any medication they need in plenty of time so they have a good supply during the bank holiday.

If you do need to visit a pharmacy on Monday, several will still be open in Thurrock. Click on the link below to download our guide on NHS services over the bank holiday weekend, including the pharmacy open times on Monday and the opening times of the GP and nurse hubs on Saturday and Sunday:

pdf August bank holiday 2017 opening times (1.21 MB)

AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY – MONDAY 28 AUGUST 2017
Corringham Allcures Pharmacy 19 Lampits Hill SS17 9AA 09:00 – 19:00
Corringham Boots Pharmacy 83-85 St Johns Way SS17 7NA 10:00 – 16:00
Grays Vision Pharmacy 11 Crammavill Street, Stifford Clays RM16 2AP 10:00 – 16:00
Stanford-Le-Hope Hassengate Pharmacy Southend Road SS17 0PH 11:00 – 16:00
West Thurrock Boots UK Ltd 1b Junction Retail Park, Western Avenue, Thurrock RM20 3LP 11:00 – 17:00
West Thurrock Tesco Instore Pharmacy Tesco Store, Cygnet View RM20 1TX 09:00 – 18:00
West Thurrock Boots Pharmacy 74/75 Thurrock Lakeside RM20 2ZG 10:00 – 21:00

Riding to beat rare form of Parkinson’s disease

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Thurrock nurse and fellow cyclists prepare for a gruelling 250 mile bike ride in memory of father-in-law who died from a rare form of Parkinson’s disease.

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The riders will be raising money for the Multiple System Atrophy Trust by cycling the 250 miles from Padstow to Bath this September. Chris Jennions, one of the riders taking part, lost his father-in-law to the disease last year.

Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a rare form of Parkinson’s disease which can lead to loss of mobility and the ability to communicate. Unfortunately, there is no cure and the medication that can help relieve symptoms for people with Parkinson’s is less effective for people with MSA.

Claire Webber, a general practice nurse at Peartree Surgery in South Ockendon, said “I love to cycle, and try to bike to and from work at least three times a week. I am really looking forward to this West Country Ride it offers a great opportunity to raise funds and awareness of MSA and the Trust. This disease is gruelling and debilitating and I hope my Sister-in-law can take some comfort from the funds raised for the MSA Trust having lost her Dad to this disease last year. No sponsor is too little and I would appreciate any support, thank you”

The Multiple System Atrophy Trust is the UK’s leading charity supporting people affected by MSA. The organisation provides advice, information and support nationwide and funds medical research to find the cause and cure for MSA.

If you can spare a few pounds to sponsor the bikers and support the vital work of the MSA Trust, please click on the link below:

250-mile West Country Way fund raising ride for MSA 

New scheme to help keep dementia patients safe

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Essex Police have launched a new initiative to help find vulnerable people with dementia if they go missing.

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Developed in partnership with Health and Social Care organisations and Alzheimer’s Society, the scheme encourages carers to record useful information which can be used if a person with dementia goes missing.

Wandering and getting lost is common among people with dementia and can happen at any stage of the disease. They will often wonder with a purpose, for example, looking for old home addresses or places of work.

To help find a person in the event that they go missing, Essex Police have created a form which asks a number of useful questions that can aid in the search. Detailed and up-to-date information can help police make decisive and timely actions that can help locate a person quickly.

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