Campaign launches to encourage women to attend their smear tests

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A campaign to increase the numbers of women taking up their smear test has been released this week by the CCG.

Figures from Public Health England’s Cancer Screening 2015/16 suggest that in Thurrock 27% of women are failing to attend their screening tests. One of the reasons could be embarrassment or lack of awareness that there are screening appointments after work and at weekends at Thurrock’s new Health Hubs.

NHS Direct confirm that around 3,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK. It is possible for women of all ages to develop cervical cancer. A regular smear test can reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer and the number of women who die from the disease.

Basildon Hospital liver nurses shortlisted for national award

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Lyn Porter and Sarah Tarff nominated for Liver nurse specialist of the year

Two specialist liver nurses at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals have been jointly nominated for a national award.

 Lyn Porter and Sarah Tarff, both specialist liver nurses, were shortlisted to the final three entries for hepatology liver nurse of the year at the 2017 British Journal of Nursing awards.

They were nominated by Dr Gavin Wright, gastroenterologist consultant, who outlined everything Lyn and Sarah have achieved, including the Fibroscan project and working closely with St Luke’s Hospice to support patients with long term liver conditions.

The winner will be announced at a special awards ceremony held on Friday 10 March at Shakespeare’s Underglobe in London.

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:

pdf Easter 2017 opening times (697 KB)

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
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

Course teaching calming techniques to expectant mothers

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hypnobirthing classes

The maternity team at Basildon Hospital are offering a course to help expectant mothers to stay calm and relaxed during pregnancy and birth.

The hypnobirthing course is provided by trained midwives from Basildon Hospital. For four weeks women will learn a number of hypnosis techniques that teach them how to relax, breathe and trust there body to know what to do instinctively.

Each week, there will be a two and a half hour course covering a range of topics including self-hypnosis, mind/body connection, breathing, body positions, prenatal bonding, medical intervention and many others. Click on the link below for a full topic list for each class:

Birthing programme content 

All the course material is provided by WiseHippo, a company specialising in hypnosis and birthing. The course costs £100 plus an extra £21 for materials, which included an easy to follow manual and 7 relaxing mp3s to support learning at home.

Thurrock residents get a chance to have their say on reorganisation of their local NHS

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success regime event

Thurrock CCG is working with Healthwatch Thurrock and the Essex Success Regime to host an event for the public to drop-in and hear about proposed changes to the three local hospitals.

The drop-in on Thursday 2nd March will run from 9.30am to 3pm at the Beehive Resource Centre, West Street, in Grays. Workshops will be available throughout the day with expert speakers from the hospitals and Success Regime where people will be asked to give in depth feedback on the plans.

There will be a further panel discussion on the same day from 6pm – 8pm, speakers include Ronan Fenton, Medical Director, mid and south Essex Success Regime, Director of Transformation, Jeanette Hucey, Thurrock CCG, again booking is essential.

Booking

To book a space at the Workshops email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone on 01375 389883. Places are limited so will be allocated on a first come basis.

Event materials

Click on the links below to download the event poster and leaflets:
pdf Success Regime event 02 March - poster (292 KB)
pdf Success Regime event 02 March - leaflet (1.08 MB)

Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer, Thurrock CCG said:

“We continue to focus on closer working relationships across the area with improvements in provision and access to urgent and emergency care. We are also working closely with Thurrock Council and Healthwatch Thurrock to ensure Thurrock residents are given the chance to feed into plans as they are developed.

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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