New telephone number for booking blood test appointments

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From Wednesday 13 September 2017, the telephone number to book a blood test appointment will be changing to 01702 746065.

Patients who need to book a blood test appointment at a hospital or clinic in Basildon, Thurrock or Southend can do this using the online booking system or by contacting the telephone call centre.

Until now there have been three numbers to choose from to book blood tests by telephone. From Wednesday 13 September, these will be replaced by one new number – 01702 746065. The new system will automatically direct callers to the next available call handler.

Join us at our Annual General Meeting – 27 September 2017

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Want to know more about healthcare in Thurrock and what it is Thurrock CCG actually does? Come along to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and find out.

We are holding our AGM between 10am and 11am on Wednesday 27 September 2017 at High House in Purfleet. Everyone interested in healthcare in Thurrock is invited to attend. Meet with the local clinicians, commissioners and staff that ensure that healthcare decisions in Thurrock are made with patients at the heart.

The day will feature a number of presentations on topics as diverse as the Thurrock CCG Board election, public engagement and our annual accounts.

Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer at Thurrock CCG, said: “It is vital that the people who use the services in Thurrock are fully involved with everything that we do. Our Annual General Meeting is an excellent opportunity to find out more about what we have achieved to improve NHS services in our area so far and what we are working on in the coming years. We look forward to seeing you there!”

Refreshments will be provided and attendees will have the opportunity to ask any questions they might have. If you would like to find out more about our AGM, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01375 365 810.

Everyone's welcome so please feel free to share. you can download the AGM invitation flyer by clicking on the link below:

pdf NHS Thurrock CCG Annual General Meeting - 27 September 2017 (534 KB)

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

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