Die Well Essex What does "celebrating life" mean to you?

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People across Essex are being asked to celebrate life by sharing their favourite images of friends, family or pets that have died in a bid to start conversation about why dying matters. dying matters graphic

In Thurrock, St Luke’s Hospice and NHS Thurrock CCG have teamed up to provide an opportunity for people to talk about what matters to them, how to plan if someone they love is nearing the end of their life, as well as celebrating the life they have or had.

The online campaign, called Die Well Essex, is being supported by health, social care, charities and voluntary groups across the county in the lead up to a national awareness week called Dying Matters during 8-14 May. 

Thurrock in Top Five for Best Care Homes

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27 April 2017

Hard work and a focus on quality have helped to transform care in Thurrock for residents who need support. Thurrock was in the top five for the area with the least number of care homes not meeting at least satisfactory in Care Quality Commission inspections. 

The report released by charity’ Independent Age’, on the quality of care homes in England in found that just 2.9 per cent of our care homes were rated inadequate or requires improvement. The Essex average is 18.9%.

Linda Smart, Deputy Chief Nurse at NHS Thurrock CCG said:

“We have worked to support our colleagues in Thurrock Council and our Continuing Healthcare teams to ensure that the Thurrock Care homes are providing the best possible care for our residents and are pleased to note that this is rated as the best care in the region. We will continue to encourage on-going improvement so that all can reach the standards expected and provide safe, effective and quality care.”

For more information about the report, visit Independent Age report. “Regional Care Home Performance Briefing – March 2017”

To find out more about accessing care in Thurrock visit: http://bit.ly/2q6VWiM

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Where to go for care this bank holiday weekend (29 April – 01 May 2017)

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Where to go for care this bank holiday weekend (29 April – 01 May 2017)

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Make sure you know where you can go for your healthcare needs this bank holiday monday.

Residents of Thurrock should be aware that some pharmacies, GP practices and other NHS services in the area may not be open over the bank holiday weekend. On Monday (01 May) in particular, less services will be open compared to usual with GP practices and many pharmacies closed.

Traffic on the roads on bank holidays can be challenging, especially when sunny, and it can be just the same in A&E – so why not be smart and beat the queues in South West Essex this bank holiday weekend (29 April – 01 May 2017).

Patients can save time in the waiting room by visiting their pharmacist for quick, confidential advice on a range of common illnesses. Or if you need to see a GP or practice nurse, you can book an appointment with the Thurrock Health Hubs open on, Saturday (29 April) and Sunday (30 April). See below for our quick guide to health services over the bank holiday weekend:

pdf May bank holiday NHS services 2017 (697 KB)

See below for the opening times for pharmacies over Easter:

Bank Holiday Monday (01 May 2017)
Corringham Allcures Pharmacy 19 Lampits Hill SS17 9AA 09:00 – 19:00
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 Tesco Instore Pharmacy Tesco Store, Cygnet View RM20 1TX 09:00 - 18:00
West Thurrock Boots Pharmacy 1b Junction Retail Park, Western Avenue, Thurrock RM20 3LP 11:00 – 17:00

For Thurrock newsletter Spring edition out now!

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For Thurrock in Thurrock issue 3 Spring 2017

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

The spring issue features an update on our progress so far, information on community based work to improve care and a call to the people of Thurrock to complete our survey.

You can download a copy of our newsletter by clicking on 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 3 - Spring 2017 (1.99 MB)

You can also find out more about the consultation we are currently running by clicking on the link below:

bit.ly/Thurrock-health-social-care-survey 

The survey is your chance to give your views on our key principles and targets that are guiding our plans. Please note that the survey closes on Monday 19 June 2017.

Spring 2017 issue of CCG Insight

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Spring CCG Insight 2017

We’ve released the latest edition of CCG Insight, a magazine packed full of information on healthcare in Thurrock plus details of the CCG's and our partners' work in the community.

The spring issue features information on what the nurses at the Thurrock Health Hubs can do to help you, the unveiling of Thurrock CCG’s new Board Members (started their positions in January 2017) and details about an all-day event held in March to share the latest news from the Mid and South Essex Success Regime.

You can download the latest issue by clicking on the link below. We hope you enjoy reading it! Please feel free to share with friends, family members and colleagues.

pdf CCG Insight - Spring 2017 (issue 7) (3.36 MB)

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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