New options for south and mid Essex hospitals

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Doctors and health care leaders have announced a new development in the options for future hospital services in mid and south Essex.

In recent months, two main options for change have been discussed with patients, staff and stakeholders. Both options would have seen significant changes to the way the three A&E departments at Broomfield, Basildon and Southend hospitals operate.

Having studied the available evidence and listened carefully to the views of local people, patients and stakeholders, clinicians and health leaders have now decided to develop a revised model that would enable all three current A&E departments to continue to treat people who need emergency hospital care, including continuing to receive ‘blue light’ emergency patients with serious conditions. It would rule out the blanket redirection of all ‘blue light’ ambulances to Basildon, as in previous options.

Under this plan, patients would be assessed, stabilised and treated in their local hospital, with the most unwell patients transferred to a specialist team, if that’s what they need. The ‘norm’ would be for people to go to their local hospital in an emergency. As before, all three A&E departments would continue to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and run by consultants.

Get active with your favourite Disney characters

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A Disney-supported initiative is offering tips and advice on getting your kids moving this summer.

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Being active helps improve children’s physical health and mental wellbeing, yet just 23% of boys and 20% of girls currently meet the daily national recommended level of activity of 60 minutes.

On Monday 17th July, Change4Life is launching a national 10 Minute Shake Ups programme with Disney, Sport England and schools to help get the nation’s children active.

The 10 Minute Shake Ups from Change4Life with Disney are back this summer for families to take part in together. New Shake Ups will be released each week over the summer holidays with games, featuring characters from Disney Pixar’s latest animation Cars 3, as well as Disney’s Moana, Frozen Fever, Zootropolis, Beauty and the Beast and The Lodge. New for this year, the 10 Minute Shake Ups will focus on core skills such as running, jumping, throwing, catching and balance and can be completed throughout the day. The 10 Minute Shake Ups with Disney also aim to inspire longer term activity among children, promoting healthy habits all year round.

Every 10 minute burst of exercise can make a real difference in helping children reach the 60 minutes they need each day. Visit the 10 Minute Shake Ups website to find lots of exciting Disney inspired 10 Minute Shake Up games and make this a non-stop summer of fun and activity. 

Sign up for new diabetes support group in Thurrock

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Following on from a successful ‘Living with Diabetes Day’ last month where over 50 people with Type 2 diabetes benefited from advice and support -- Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group identified the need for a local support group for people with diabetes.

Diabetes is a serious, lifelong condition which can be treated with diet, exercise, medication and/or insulin. Evidence shows that participation in self-help groups reduces use of health services, improves treatment adherence, increases positive health behaviours and enhances a sense of wellbeing. 

Kehinde Adeniji, Senior Commissioning Manager for NHS Thurrock CCG said:

“We are working with a local support group to set up a dedicated group for people in Thurrock. We know from the recent Diabetes Day and Living Well in Thurrock event, that residents are keen to meet up with like-minded people who are living with the condition. This group will be informal but will be supported by the CCG and Diabetes UK.

“There are around 7,500 people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and 840 with Type 1 diabetes in Thurrock and we know that being diagnosed with the condition can have a life-changing effect on people. Being able to share common problems and get ideas on how to manage the condition, best practice in care and social events can really help a person to live well with their diabetes.”

The group is expected to start in September. Anyone with diabetes is welcome to sign up. Interested people could contact Thurrock CCG on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01375 365810 and ask for details.

Is it really an emergency?

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Remember, A&E is Accident and Emergency, not anything and everything.

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Around 11 per cent of people who attend A&E are sent home requiring no treatment. A further 38 per cent receive guidance or advice only* for minor conditions such as coughs, colds, muscular pain, minor wounds or allergies. These could have been managed safely and effectively at minor injuries, pharmacies or even self-care at home. NHS 111 is available for non-urgent medical advice.

More than 300 people attend A&E at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital every day. During the summer holidays, A&E can get busier. So it is important that people are aware of the alternative places where they can seek advice and treatment for their illness or injury.

Dr Vikram Bhat, local GP and Unplanned and Planned Care lead at Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “During the summer months extra people come in to our South Essex area to enjoy our beaches and holiday parks. To ensure that health provision remains adequate people should be aware of the alternatives. We want to encourage everyone to stop and think before going to A&E.

“A&E is there for life-threatening emergencies such as loss of consciousness, suspected heart attacks, breathing difficulties, or severe bleeding that cannot be stopped and stroke. If it is not a serious medical emergency, A&E is not the right choice.”

Jane Foster-Taylor, Chief Nurse at NHS Thurrock CCG, said: “People attending A&E who could obtain care elsewhere put extra strain on both the department and the hospital as a whole. On many occasions it would have been better for the patient and the hospital if they sought treatment from a more appropriate service. Everyone should remember that NHS 111 is available for non-life threatening conditions and advice, and can book out of hours GP appointments and self-care advice.”

For moire information see our handy guide to help people navigate local health services and decide which service is best:

Where to go for care - healthcare guide

Acorns Dispersal - Patient Registration and Engagement Sessions

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Registration appointments at Oddfellows Hall Health Centre are being offered to patients registered at Acorns Surgery.

Patients at Acorns Surgery in Grays will have received a letter about the decision to close the surgery and ask patients to register at one of four surgeries in Grays. To help with the transition, Oddfellows Hall Health Centre (formerly the Shehadeh Medical Centre, Grays) is offering special registration sessions to support patients to register with their practice.

The ‘New Patient Registration and Engagement Sessions' will support patients in the registrations process with additional staff on hand to personally assist patients and give any necessary advice, signposting and assurances.

There will also be dedicated Nurse Clinic appointments for new patient health checks to ensure there is no break in repeat prescription needs.

Dates scheduled so far are as follows:

  • Tuesday 18th July - 16:00 to 20:00
  • Tuesday 25th July - 10:00 to 12 noon
  • Tuesday 1st August - 10:00 to 12 noon
  • Thursday 17th August - 16:00 to 20:00 – supporting patients with repeat prescription check ups

Every year in the Basildon and Thurrock areas £2.5 million is spent on medication that is never used. Click here to find out more about our campaign to cut down on waste

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