Official opening of new unit for patients needing extra care and support

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A new unit for patients who need extra care and support officially opens at Thurrock Community Hospital.

NELFT, NHS staff, Council officials, families and patients celebrated at the official opening of the Mayfield Unit. A plaque, donated by Thurrock Council, was unveiled by Councillor Sue Little, Portfolio Holder for Children’s and Adults Social Care.

The new unit has been refurbished from the former Alastair Farquhason Centre to meet the needs of adults including those with dementia. The unit at Thurrock Community Hospital has 24 intermediate reablement beds. The aim of the unit is to reduce the length of stay in an acute hospital, and support people to return home or to a local place of care. The service aims to reduce the impact of long-term chronic conditions and minor new conditions.

Care is provided by NELFT’s multidisciplinary team who are trained to manage both mental and physical health. The service is commissioned by NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group.

John Brouder, Chief Executive of NELFT, said:
“I’m delighted that we are able to deliver the best care to people in Thurrock from the new Mayfield Community Hospital. The premises are truly top class combining clinical and environmental best practice to ensure compliance with the CQC requirements. Our staff have embraced the changes and are excited to be working in such close collaboration with Essex Partnership University Trust to provide integrated physical and mental health rehabilitation services to the people of Thurrock.”

Portfolio Holder for Children’s and Adults Social Care, Cllr Sue Little, said:
“I am pleased to have been invited to attend and officially open the new facility at Thurrock Community Hospital.

“We’ve recently learnt that every care home in Thurrock is rated good or better and I’m pleased to see more great care being provided at the Mayfield Unit for the benefit of Thurrock residents.”

Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer at NHS Thurrock CCG, said
“We are delighted to celebrate this new facility. Mayfield Unit first began to offer care on 11 April and has already enabled many Thurrock patients to benefit from care closer to home, relieving pressure on beds at acute hospitals.

“This is a really first class unit and forms one strand of our bid to improve health and care experience for people in Thurrock under our local offer - For Thurrock in Thurrock. Thanks to the hard work and willingness to work together, with provider NELFT, Thurrock Council, Essex Partnership University Trust* and the CCG, patients and their families will really benefit from this modern unit.”

*Formerly South Essex Partnership Trust.

Read our Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17 now!

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NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group has published the latest edition of our Annual Report and Accounts, covering 2016-17.

The report covers the period from 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 and highlights some of the work that has taken place across Thurrock in the last year.

In 2016/17 we saw many achievements and our plans, under the For Thurrock in Thurrock scheme, are progressing despite significant challenges.

We are part of a unique sustainability and transformation partnership in Mid and South Essex, this recognises the growing demand for services and the need for us to work with our partners to change how health and care is provided. We must do this to improve outcomes and ensure that the NHS is sustainable in the future.

Along with the full report, we have also produced a short ‘At a glance’ version which summarises our key facts, figures and achievements during the year in short, bite-size chunks. You can download both the full version and the short version by clicking on the links below:

pdf Thurrock CCG Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17 (2.27 MB)
pdf Thurrock CCG Annual Report at a Glance 2016-17 (1.49 MB)

Heatwave temperatures in Thurrock this week - June 2017

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Thurrock and the south east are experiencing high temperatures which look like they will continue until Thursday (22 June) when fresher contentions will spread across the country.

The Met Office has raised the alert level to three for much of the country, including Thurrock, meaning there’s a 90 per cent probability of Heatwave conditions over the next few days. Temperatures are likely to reach the high 20s and low 30s during the day and will also remain high at night. Keep up to date with the latest on the Met Office website.

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.

Top tips for a healthy Ramadan

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Muslims in Thurrock can ensure they have a healthy Ramadan by following some useful fasting advice from the NHS.

This year, Ramadan in the UK is taking place from Friday 26 May until Saturday 24 June. Throughout this period, Muslims observe a daily fast by abstaining from food and drink between dawn and sunset.

Fasting during the month of Ramadan can be beneficial to health and also offers an opportunity for those who are overweight to shed a few pounds – provided it is done correctly.

The body enters into a fasting state around eight hours after the last meal, when the gut finishes absorbing nutrients from the food. During a fast, the body will first start to burn the glucose that’s stored in the liver and muscles, and then fat becomes the next source of energy when the body’s glucose supply has run out.

During Ramadan, the body’s energy can be replaced with the pre-dawn and dusk meals. This provides a gentle transition from using glucose as the main source of energy to using fat, and prevents the breakdown of muscle for protein.

The use of fat for energy helps weight loss, preserves the muscles and eventually reduces cholesterol levels. After a few days of the fast, higher levels of endorphins appear in the blood, making you more alert and giving an overall feeling of general mental wellbeing.

Message from Essex police on heightened terror threat

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Armed Essex Police officers will patrol major infrastructure sites across Essex and the county will see more local policing patrols as the force responds to the change in the national terrorist threat level.

The UK threat level from international terrorism is now ‘critical’ meaning an attack is expected imminently. This is a national threat level and is based on intelligence that is considered credible and specific.

There is no specific intelligence or evidence which relates to Essex.

Deputy Chief Constable BJ Harrington said: “From today and until further notice people in Essex will see an increased police presence in the county and that includes armed police officers. We are doing this to protect and reassure the public and we plan and train in great detail to respond to situations like this.”

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