Our latest For Thurrock in Thurrock newsletter – out now!

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For Thurrock newsletter 2 winter 2017

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.

Public involvement is at the heart of all the decisions that we make around health in Thurrock. That is why we are committed to providing regular updates in our work to transform care through our For Thurrock in Thurrock newsletter.

The winter issue features an update of our achievements so far and information on the next stages to be completed in the coming months. There’s detail on:

  • A new pathway designed to identify people in need earlier and build a care plan around their needs;
  • Thurrock Council, NELFT and SEPT’s work to create an integrated team to co-ordinate physical health, mental health and social care;
  • And the launch of a social prescribing pilot which will help people who attend GP services with non-medical issues and concerns by directing them to appropriate services.

You can download a copy of our newsletter by clicking on the link below. Please feel free to share this link with friends, family and colleagues.

pdf For Thurrock in Thurrock newsletter - Winter 2017 (1.26 MB)

We hope you enjoy reading it!


Cold Weather affecting Thurrock until Monday 13 February

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A Level 3 cold weather alert has been issued for England which means there is a 90% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions between 3pm on Wednesday 08 Febraury and 9am Monday 13 February.

The cold winter weather can have serious implications for our health, and its important that all of us take steps to protect ourselves. 

It's not just the icy conditions that can be treacherous during cold spells. The cold weather itself is life threatening, especially for the elderly and those with long-term health conditions.

Every year around 27% more people - the majority aged over 75 - die in the winter months compared to the non-winter months which is why it is vital people keep warm and safe.

You can see the latest on the cold weather in Thurrock and the rest of Essex on the Met Office website.

More than 12,000 GP appointments are missed and not cancelled every month

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A new campaign is targeting people who don’t cancel their GP appointments and starts today across mid and south Essex.

More than 12,000 slots are wasted every month across the patch due to people failing to turn up to appointments they booked with their GP.

GP leaders say the missed appointments are contributing to increased waiting times in practice and could be contributing to more people with minor illnesses going to local A&E departments for treatment.

10 year-old quizzes NHS bosses on the STP

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As we enter the next phase of consultation on the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for our local NHS offer in mid and south Essex, Healthwatch Essex have asked a 10 year old girl ‘Healthwatch Harriet’ to quiz NHS bosses on what STP means and what is involved.

You can view this and other videos from the Healthwatch Essex website.

Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer at Thurrock CCG said:
“All of us are guilty of talking about things in ways that make it hard for the person on the street to understand. Well done Healthwatch Essex, we thought this was a great way to explain things simply. We will be holding a public engagement event with Healthwatch Thurrock in March to talk about the re-organising of hospital services in mid and south Essex. Keep following our site for future updates and to book on to our workshops.”

Shared with the kind permission of Healthwatch Essex.

International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

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The United Nations is holding its annual International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on Monday 06 February.

The campaign involves a number of activities and events held on 06 February each year to promote the UN campaign to raise awareness and educate people about the dangers of FGM.

FGM comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons, and it is estimated that more than 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone FGM.

The procedure is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women and is against the law in many countries, including the UK.

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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