127 cardiac arrest survivors and official World Record holders

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Celebrations have begun as 127 cardiac arrest survivors become official Guinness World Record holders.

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Survivors immediately after the world record was completed.

The attempt to gather the largest number of cardiac arrest survivors in one place happened on Saturday 09 June this year and the 127 participants, aged 11 to 80, travelled from across the UK to take part and meet other survivors.

The event was organised by Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK and SADS UK (SADS stands for sudden arrhythmic death syndrome) and was held at Basildon University Hospital. In addition to the world record attempt, there were educational seminars and exhibitions, including talks from cardiac specialists and cardiac-related charities relating to all aspects of post cardiac arrest care.

The organisers were confident at the time but now official verification from Guinness World Records has been received to say this is now a new world record.

Clare Panniker, chief executive of the three hsopitals in Mid and South Essex, said: “This is great news! I am thrilled for everyone whose time and dedication made this record possible. There was a great atmosphere on the day and it was inspiring to see so many cardiac arrest survivors in one place. It is a real testament to our lifesaving NHS service and the pioneering work being done in specialist units across the UK, like the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre.”

Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone regardless of age, fitness or general health. It is not the same as a heart attack. A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body. The person will suddenly lose consciousness and stop breathing or stop breathing normally. 

Cardiac arrest needs immediate treatment with CPR or the person will die within minutes. A heart attack is sudden interruption to the blood supply to part of the heart muscle, causing chest pain and permanent damage to the heart. But the person remains conscious and breathing.

Health leaders join forces to reassure residents in Thurrock over future health services

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Health leaders have today joined forces to reassure residents in Thurrock over the future of health services in the borough.

The move comes following the decision by the joint committee of the five CCGs last month to relocate services provided at Orsett Hospital to four new integrated medical centres in Purfleet, Corringham, Tilbury and Grays.

This would enable the much loved, but outdated site at Orsett to close once the new centres were up and running and services moved across.

Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer at Thurrock CCG said: “There has been much speculation over the services provided at Orsett Hospital and where they will go. We are in the planning stages for where these services will go. Our first point is that all Thurrock services will be re-positioned within the Integrated Medical Centres and no services for Thurrock people will be lost. This will not happen overnight and we now want to work with people who use the service so that they can oversee the plans. There will be at least another 2-3 years to ensure the Integrated Medical Centres are built to the right specifications.

“We hope these facts, and the accompanying video will help to reassure people.”

Tom Abell, Deputy Chief Executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “This decision is good news. Local residents will soon have more modern health and care services closer to where they live. This means more investment in the services people use the most. We are also absolutely clear that services will not stop at Orsett Hospital until all the new services are up and running.”

Ms Ansell has also released a blog outlining more details. This can be viewed by clicking the link below:

Mandy Ansell sets out the CCG's vision for Thurrock’s health and care system

Tom Abell has recorded a short video outlining what services are available currently and where they might go and the thinking behind the decision to close the hospital. This video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/4AEot1jyKYo 

A quick fact sheet has also been prepared which outlines the top 10 facts about the transfer of services from Orsett Hospital and the eventual closure of the hospital. Click the link below to download:

pdf Orsett hospital - Top 10 Facts About the Closure (176 KB)


For Thurrock in Thurrock summer edition 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 front cover summer 2018

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

The latest issue of our newsletter features the exciting news that two new weight management courses have just begun in Thurrock, a look the fascinating role of pharmacists in general practice and how they can support the wider primary care team and the success of the social prescribing programme which has been rolled out to more practices in Thurrock.

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 7 - Summer 2018 (1.45 MB)

Find your own way to being more active

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It’s ok to hate exercise, say physiotherapists in a provocative new public health campaign.

Hours at a gym or long distance running on the road aren’t for everyone. But people must still find other ways to be active and challenge their body through activities like dancing, gardening and even playing the drums, argues the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

‘Love Activity, Hate Exercise?’ explores the strong emotions evoked by the word ‘exercise’ after focus groups with patients and physiotherapists found many people with long-term conditions want to be more active but are put off by the thought of exercise.

Whether it’s memories of not getting picked to be on the school football team, concern about discomfort, worrying what you’re going to look like or simply not knowing where to start, exercise can be a daunting prospect for some of us.

However if you are living with a long-term condition and the symptoms that come with it, such as fatigue and reduced mobility, it can feel like an impossibility.

It’s unsurprising therefore that in a poll of people aged 40-70 with conditions such as arthritis, asthma and heart disease, nearly a third (31%) reported that they were totally inactive each week.

The CSP says physiotherapists across the UK have great potential to help these people to become more active by identifying the barriers at play and giving people the expert advice and confidence to try new activities, whatever their physical condition might be.

South West Essex launching my mhealth App for patients

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Thurrock CCG and Basildon & Brentwood CCG are providing licenses for the use of a health app myCOPD to support patients with long-term conditions, and the clinicians who care for them.

The CCGs in partnership with the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT), will use myCOPD developed by a company called my mhealth to help patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

This specialist app, funded by NHS England’s Technology Tarrif provides the most up to date advice on COPD and how to manage it well. It is currently the only app approved by the NHS on the new NHS App store, and allows patients to:

  • Perfect their inhaler technique with inhaler videos
  • Get expert education on their condition
  • Complete online pulmonary rehabilitation in their own home

The app has been developed with clinicians and is offered to patients via their NELFT Respiratory team. One patient who has been using the App since June said:

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