Celebrating 10 years of helping families at Basildon University Hospital

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Fundraisers and families celebrated at a special event to mark 10 years since the opening of the Ronald McDonald House at Basildon University Hospital.

The three-bedroom bungalow was opened in 2005, was the seventh family hospital accommodation built in the UK, with a £250,000 donation from Ronald McDonald House Charities with a further £50,000 in donations from local people.

The aim was to provide families with a home-from-home while their child is in hospital and since opening the house has provided that to hundreds of families.

New job vacancies with Healthwatch Thurrock

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Healthwatch Thurrock, the local consumer champion for health and social care in Thurrock, is currently advertising for 3 job vacancies.

The roles are as follows:
Team Leader/Development Officer - Full Time—35 hours p/w—£26,500pa
Children and Young Peoples Worker—Full Time—35 hours p/w—£20,000pa
Volunteer Co-Ordinator—Part Time Flexi Hours—17.5 hours p/w—£10,500 actual p/a

All three roles are located at the Beehive centre in Grays, and the closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 06 November 2015. Interviews will be held from 16 to 19 November. All positions will be for a fixed term contract of 12 months until December 2016.

Launch of Thurrock CCG Facebook page!

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Following feedback from members of the public at our Annual General Meeting, Thurrock CCG has now launched a Facebook page to make it that bit easier for Thurrock residents to receive useful updates from the CCG and our partners.

The new page will have all the latest news, health campaigns and health tips from the CCG and the organisations we work with, and it will enable the CCG to communicate with Thurrock residents using the technology that they use every day.

If you would like to keep up to date with CCG announcements, click on the link below to be directed to our Facebook page:

Thurrock CCG Facebook page

Anger at NHS England proposal

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Angry Thurrock councillors have thrown out a proposal to move a high-tech medical scanner from Basildon Hospital to Southend.

Members of the council's Health and Well-being Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting, held on Tuesday 13 October, had been asked to comment on NHS England's plans as an urgent item.

The committee listened to NHS England representatives explain why they thought the plan to move the PET-CT (Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography) scanner from its current temporary home would benefit local people.

But committee chair Cllr Graham Snell also invited representatives from NHS Thurrock CCG, Thurrock Healthwatch, and Dr Qaiser Malik - a consultant in radiology at Basildon Hospital - to give their opinion; all were unanimously against the plan.

Sharps collection in Thurrock

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If you have any sharp medical equipment, you can dispose of them at five sharps collection bins in Thurrock pharmacies.

The free-of-charge boxes are for the safe disposal of sharp medical equipment such as syringes, needles and lancets. The five pharmacies are:

Allcures Pharmacy, 62 High Street, Grays, RM17 6NA
Daves Chemist, Purfleet Care Centre, Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SX
Boots, 17 Derwent Parade, South Ockendon, RM15 5EF
Hassengate Pharmacy, Southend Road, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 0PH
Asset Chemist, 128 Dock Road, Tilbury, RM18 7BJ

Public Health Thurrock and the Council’s environmental team provided funding for the collection. Click on the link below to download the poster:

Sharps Collections posters 

 

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