Tunisia attack advice

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For anyone affected by the Tunisia attack in any way, the Government has produced an information sheet full of usual contact details for support and advice.

The information sheet contains numbers for organisations that can offer practical and emotional support as well as useful information. There are also contact details that victims of the attack can use to find out more about financial support and compensation that might be available to them.

Click on the link below to access the information sheet:

pdf Tunisia Help Sheet (202 KB)

July 2015 Issue of CCG Insight

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CCG Insight front cover July 2015

Thurrock CCG has released its latest edition of CCG Insight, a magazine packed full of information on healthcare in Thurrock plus details of the CCG and its partners' work in the community (click on the image to download).

The July 2015 issue features articles on the new GP Health Hubs, our drive to cut down on missed GP appointments, and an interview with Len Green, the CCG’s Patient and Public Involvement Lay Member who retired at the end of June.

This quarterly newsletter was launched by us to share health related information and provide a small window into the CCG's work. We hope you enjoy reading it, and please feel free to share with friends and family.

Heatwave alert

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The Met Office has raised the alert level to two in the London and Essex areas, meaning a Heatwave is very likely over the next few days.

There is a 60 per cent probability of Heatwave conditions in the coming days, with temperatures up to 32 degrees Celsius (90 Fahrenheit) expected. Temperatures will build on Tuesday 30 June and Wednesday 01 July, which is expected to be the hottest day of the year so far.

High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for:
The elderly;
The very young;
People with chronic or long-term medical conditions.

In particular very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.

You can find out more on how to prepare for hot weather on the NHS Live Well website

Awareness week for three topics

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This week is the awareness week for three national campaigns designed to raise awareness among the public on these medical topics.

Learning Disability Week
The Theme for this year’s campaign is ‘Hear My Voice’ and aims to bring people and their families into the decision-making process for the designing of better services.
Click here for more information. 

Cervical Screening Awareness Week
The week aims to highlight how screening invitation can help to prevent cervical cancer. This year the focus is on rate of cervical cancer in the over 50s and the larger number of older women not taking up screening.
Visit the Cervical Screening Awareness Week website for more information. 

Diabetes Week
Diabetes UK aims to raise awareness of the condition and the support available for people to manage the condition.
Visit Diabetes UK website for more information. 

Steady steps to reduce falls in hospital

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Anne Hendry, lead nurse for osteoporosis and falls, hosts an information stand to raise awareness about falls prevention with visitors and staff

A successful campaign to raise awareness about why patients fall in hospital celebrated its first anniversary this week. Fallsafe is part of Basildon University Hospital’s drive to provide the safest possible care for patients.

Work over the past 12 months has focussed on improving the assessment of patients most at risk of having a fall in hospital, and recent figures have shown that the number of avoidable falls has started to decrease.

Anne Hendry, lead nurse for osteoporosis and falls, said: “Unfortunately patients do fall while in hospital. Often it is due to their medical condition, blood pressure, infection, medication or being in an unfamiliar environment. Over the past year our staff have got much better at assessing patients for their risk of having a fall, and this is starting to pay off. There are now around 8% fewer inpatient falls than this time last year and we are determined to improve even further over the coming months.”

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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