Opening times over Easter 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 during the bank holidays in over the Easter period.

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Traffic on the roads at Easter is challenging and it can be just the same in A&E – so why not be smart and beat the queues in South West Essex this Easter Bank Holiday weekend (14 – 17 April 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 Good Friday, Saturday 15 April and Easter Sunday. See below for our quick guide to health services over the Easter weekend:

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See below for the opening times for pharmacies over Easter:

GOOD FRIDAY – FRIDAY 14 APRIL 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 – 13:00
14:00 – 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 08:00 - 20:00
Grays Boots Pharmacy 74/75 Thurrock Lakeside RM20 2ZG 10:00 – 21:00
EASTER SUNDAY – SUNDAY 16 APRIL 2017
Corringham Allcures Pharmacy 19 Lampits Hill SS17 9AA 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
EASTER MONDAY – MONDAY 17 APRIL 2017
Corringham Allcures Pharmacy 19 Lampits Hill SS17 9AA 10:00 – 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 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
Grays Boots Pharmacy 74/75 Thurrock Lakeside RM20 2ZG 10:00 – 21:00

Hear about health and care plans for Chadwell and Tilbury

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All residents of Chadwell and Tilbury are welcome at a series of events in April and May to discuss plans for health and care in your area.

Tilbury GP services event

We know that in Thurrock generally there is a shortage of GPs, with services often given by practices with a single GP in buildings not designed to be a healthcare facility.

We can’t carry on this way, and it doesn’t offer you the best possible care and support.

We know we need more GPs and bigger and better primary care facilities. In short different ways of working, that should attract more GPs to Thurrock.

We’ll be holding a drop-in event between 10am and 12pm on Wednesday 12 April at the Tilbury Community Hub. You can hear about our plans to improve the provision of GP services in your area and share with us your views and experiences. We’ll also be sharing an update on the exciting plans for our new Integrated Healthy Living Centre in partnership with Thurrock Council

Another drop-in will take place on Wednesday 19 April between 10.30am and 12.30pm, also at The Tilbury Community Hub. We are also planning to hold more events in Chadwell and Tilbury in May (dates and locations to be confirmed).

We hope you can join us for one of our events!

April events

Location: Tilbury Community Hub
  Civic Square
Tilbury
RM18 8AD

Dates:           Wednesday 12 April 2017: 10am -12pm
  Wednesday 19 April 2017: 10.30am - 12.30pm

Mental health services for veterans and personnel approaching discharge

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NHS England has launched improved mental health services for veterans in response to a national engagement undertaken last year. 

The views of veterans and their families have helped to inform a service that seeks to provide increased access to local care and treatment across the country in a more uniformed manner. This includes recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing access to early treatment and support, as well as therapeutic treatment for complex mental health difficulties and psychological trauma.

Patients are also provided with help, where appropriate, with employment, reduction in alcohol consumption, housing and social support.

Available across England, the service works closely with the wider NHS, local authorities and third sector organisations to ensure the appropriate care is in place for patients and their families.

In addition, armed forces personnel approaching discharge can also now access NHS care and treatment for mental health conditions and thereafter into civilian life regardless of when they leave the military.

Patients are able to self-refer or request referral via a health care professional or service charity, such as Combat Stress, the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

To find out more visit the new service's page on the NHS England website.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month 2017

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Bowel Cancer UK has launched Bowel Cancer Awareness Month this April.

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Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Throughout this month, those over 60 are being reminded to take the test.

Taking part in bowel cancer screening is the best way to get diagnosed early which is why the UK’s leading bowel cancer research charity, Bowel Cancer UK, is using Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to focus on screening.

Screening saves lives but at the moment in some areas of the UK only a third of those who receive a test in the post complete it. Thousands of people are missing out on the best way to detect bowel cancer early when it is easier to treat and there is the greatest chance of survival.

“The decision to complete the screening test was the best decision I have ever made in my life. Had I not taken that course of action, there is no doubt in my mind I would not be alive today. Just do it!”- Harold, Over 60.

Take the test when you receive it in the post. If you are younger, tell the people over 60 in your life, to take the test.

For more information about screening visit http://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/screening/ 

New campaign to encourage and support breastfeeding

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A new campaign has launched to provide information and support to help guide new mums through their first weeks of breastfeeding.

As part of the campaign, a new chatbot called the Start4Life Breastfeeding Friend (BFF) has been launched, providing round the clock access to expert NHS advice in a friendly and accessible way.

The bot, which is accessed through Facebook Messenger, will share information with new mums as data shows that despite almost three quarters of mothers starting breastfeeding (73%), just 44% are still breastfeeding at 6-8 weeks. A new survey of 500 mothers of young children conducted by Public Health England also revealed that over half of mums were concerned about whether their baby was getting too much or not enough milk, and nearly 3 in 10 worried their baby might not be getting the right nutrients, indicating why mothers may stop breastfeeding at this early point.

The campaign is part of Start4Life, Public Health England’s marketing programme that helps parents-to-be and parents to adopt healthy behaviours. Breastfeeding lays the foundation for good health in children and the campaign is designed to help break down misconceptions and alleviate concerns mums have about breastfeeding.

In addition to the new chatbot, there are also hints and tips for parents and parents-to-be on giving their babies and young children the best start in life. For more information visit www.nhs.uk/start4life 

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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