Bowel Cancer Awareness Month 2018

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bowel cancer symptoms

Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer but it is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone diagnosed at the earliest stage will survive bowel cancer but this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives which is why Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer are using Bowel Cancer Awareness Month to focus on bowel cancer symptoms. Being aware of the key symptoms and visiting your GP if things don’t feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis.

The symptoms of bowel cancer can include:

  • Bleeding from your bottom and/or blood in your poo
  • A persistent and unexplained change in bowel habit
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Extreme tiredness for no obvious reason
  • A pain or lump in your tummy

Most people with these symptoms don’t have bowel cancer. Other health problems can cause similar symptoms. If you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, see your GP.

For more information visit bowelcanceruk.org.uk or beatingbowelcancer.org 

Essex Partnership University Trust, BBC Story

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If you are a patient or relative and are concerned about anything you may have read or heard about Essex Partnership University Trust today, the Trust has set up a special helpline for you.  The number is 01268 739182 and will be open from 8pm this evening. The CCG continues to work with EPUT to ensure patients receive quality care in a safe environment.

For Thurrock newsletter spring edition out now!

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For Thurrock in Thurrock front cover March 2018

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 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.

This spring issue features:

  • Details of micro enterprises and how they are providing extra help for people in Thurrock to live independent lives;
  • The development of a new model of care being introduced to Thurrock that puts people at the centre and not organisations and buildings;
  • An update on the consultation into proposals for the NHS in south and mid Essex; and
  • The introduction of self-testing machines for blood pressure in a number of GP practices in Tilbury and Chadwell.

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. We hope you enjoy reading it!

pdf For Thurrock in Thurrock newsletter Issue 6 - Spring 2018 (1.32 MB)

New provider for Integrated Urgent Care for Thurrock

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Following a procurement process, we are pleased to formally announce that the successful bidder and future provider of Integrated Urgent Care (IUC) services for mid and south Essex, including Thurrock, is Integrated Care 24 (IC24).

IC24 is a not for profit social enterprise and is the current provider of NHS 111 and GP Out of Hours services in south Essex. They are also the current provider of the NHS 111 service across mid Essex.

From 4th July 2018, IC24 will deliver a 24/7 NHS 111 telephony service supported by a clinical hub and GP Out of Hours service for 1.2 million people. Together these services are known as ‘Integrated Urgent Care’.

Through the clinical hub, patients with an urgent care need will receive assessment, advice, signposting and referral to local NHS services including access to GPs when GP practices are closed.

The overall contract award decision was made by the Mid and South Essex STPCCG Joint Committee.

Caroline Rassell, Lead Accountable Officer for the Joint Committee, said: “All five CCGs across mid and south Essex look forward to working with IC24 to ensure local people continue to receive good quality urgent care services.”

Yvonne Taylor, Chief Executive of Integrated Care 24, said: ‘As the current provider of the integrated service in South Essex, as well as the NHS 111 service in Mid Essex, we already know the geography of the area well and have good working relationships with partners in other healthcare providers in the county.

We are excited to be delivering the first procured integrated urgent care service in this locality and are completely committed to ensuring that when residents need us we are ready to provide them with the best possible care.”

Hearing aid repair service at Wickford and Grays health centres

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The community hearing aid repair service that runs on the second Thursday of each month at clinics in Wickford and Grays has been discontinued.

Service users can attend the hearing aid repair and advice clinics in the audiology department at Basildon Hospital every Tuesday afternoon (1.15 – 5pm) and on Wednesday afternoons at Orsett hospital (1.15 – 5pm). The monthly appointment service will continue as usual at Billericay health centre which can be contacted on 01268 394732.

In addition, there is a volunteer-led service run by Hearing Help Essex providing support and re-tubing, at Pitsea Library on the first Wednesday of every month, 11.30am – 1.30pm.

The hearing aid repair service is run by the audiology department at Basildon Hospital, but the health clinics are no longer available for it to use.

Dawn Bramham, head of adult and children’s hearing services said: “We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes and we are actively looking for alternative locations to provide this service. We will advise our service users as and when we can find another location.

“If any of our service users has any questions, they should please contact the audiology department by calling 01268 394732 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will assist in any way we can.”

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