Independent support for those with NHS concerns and complaints

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If you have any concerns with an NHS service, drop in sessions will be taking place to provide free and confidential advice form the independent advocacy group, POhWER.

POWhERs advocates can give free one-to-one support throughout the NHS complaints process. The next drop in sessions will be taking place:

At the Chadwell Information Centre Library, Brentwood Road, Chadwell St Mary, RM16 4JP, on Tuesday 04 December 2018 from 10am to 12pm

At the Tilbury Hub, Civic Square, Tilbury, RM18 8AD, on Wednesday 05 December 2018 from 10am to 12pm

There will also be dates taking place in the New Year. Click the links below to download the drop-in flyers. Please feel free to share with anyone who might be interested.

pdf Drop-in NHSCA Flyer Thurrock – Chadwell (35 KB)

pdf Drop-in NHSCA Flyer Thurrock – Tilbury (35 KB)

You can also phone POhWER on 0300 456 2370 or visit their website: 

For Thurrock in Thurrock Autumn 2018 issue out now!

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Find out the latest news and updates on our plans to radically change health and social care services in Thurrock in our latest edition of For Thurrock in Thurrock.

For Thurrock in Thurrock autumn 2018

Public involvement is vital to all the decisions we make around health and care in Thurrock. That’s why Thurrock CCG, Thurrock Council, Healthwatch Thurrock and Stronger Together Thurrock work together to produce regular updates through our For Thurrock in Thurrock newsletter.

The latest issue of our newsletter features:

  • Information on how our work is progressing on delivering a new way of working that we revolutionise how we provide health and care services;
  • The launch of the new Thurrock Community Led Support team which will see social care within the community and closer to where people live; and
  • A reminder on what we all can do to keep well this coming winter, including making sure you get your flu jab if you’re eligible and ensuring that your first port of call for common medical conditions is the pharmacist.

For more on these and other stories, download a copy of our newsletter by clicking the link below. Please feel free to share this link with friends, family and colleagues. We hope you enjoy reading it!

pdf For Thurrock in Thurrock newsletter Issue 8 - Autumn 2018 (1.31 MB)

Find out more about living healthily with a learning disability

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Do you have a learning disability or know someone that does? Come along to a free event this November to discuss keeping healthy with a learning disability.

A one-off, free event is taking place in Thurrock on the 27 November to discuss what is available in Thurrock to help people with learning disabilities to stay healthy.

The event is for people with learning disabilities, their families and their supporters and is about what people with learning disabilities can do to live healthier lives. Some important issues that will be discussed include the importance of a healthy weight, mental health and wellbeing and the flu vaccine.

The event takes place on Tuesday 27 November at Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS. It starts at 11am until 3pm with drinks available from 10.30am. There will be free food and drink.

If you would like to go, you will need to book a place. You can find the booking form by clicking the link below:

document Learning Disabilities and Health Event Flyer – 27 November 2018 (2.20 MB)

Do your part to fight antibiotic resistance

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Public Health England warns that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk.

Antibiotics are essential to treat serious bacterial infections but they are frequently being used to treat illnesses, such as coughs, earache and sore throats that can get better by themselves.

Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.

As antibiotic resistance increases common procedures such as caesarean sections and hip replacements could become life-threatening without antibiotics to ward off infections. Cancer patients are also much more vulnerable if antibiotics don’t work; both cancer and the treatment (chemotherapy) reduce the ability of the immune system to fight infections and antibiotics are critical to both prevent and treat infections in these patients.

The ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ campaign returns in October 2018 to remind you that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk. It’s important that, when it comes to antibiotics, you always take your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional’s advice.

For further information on antibiotic resistance visit

Don't let myths leave you floored by flu

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Flu myth buster 2018

Flu fighters launch myth buster to encourage people at risk to have their flu vaccine this autumn.

Flu vaccines, the subject of many myths, are a major defence in helping people with conditions like Asthma, Heart Disease and Diabetes, to stay well this winter. Thurrock’s public health team and the Clinical Commissioning Group are working together to fight the threat of flu with a series of myth busters and information to help people make an informed decision on their flu jab.

Last year Thurrock’s eligible population were under vaccinated, putting them at risk of serious health problems due to the flu. Flu can even be fatal.

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