New children’s unit has the X-Factor

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X-Factor star Lauren Platt officially opened the first purpose-built paediatric assessment unit of its kind in Essex.

Lauren, 17, cut the ribbon at Basildon University Hospital with her brother Lewis, 15, and spent time speaking with the young patients and parents, who have helped plan and develop the unit.

The Paediatric Assessment Unit (PAU) will be for children and young patients who need hospital treatment but do not require a stay beyond 24 hours. The young patients who will be treated in the unit either need to attend regularly due to long term health conditions or require treatment or observation – for example, following a fall – but do not need to be admitted to a ward.

The unit means that ward beds are freed up for those who need them most and that patients who do not need to be in hospital are able to go home much quicker.

Video shows how defibrillators save lives

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A new video called ‘pull through’ aims to encourage work places to have defibrillators in order to help save lives.

The video follows the story of Ian Hough who suffered a cardiac arrest during a regatta at Stourport Boat Club In August 2011. A defibrillator at the club helped to save his life.

To watch the film produced by drpvideo, click on the link below:

‘Pull Through’ – NHS Defibrillator Awareness Film 

New meningococcal vaccination programme expected to save lives

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Public Health England (PHE) is welcoming the start of the new MenACWY vaccination programme that will offer teenagers protection against meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by four meningococcal strains including MenW.

From today, GPs will be inviting teenagers aged 17 and 18 (born between 01 September 1996 and 31 August 1997) for the vaccine. All adolescents born between 01 September 1996 and 31 August 1997 in England are eligible for vaccination regardless of their future plans.

Where possible, it’s important that anyone who plans to go to university this year gets vaccinated before they leave. This group are at increased risk of getting meningococcal disease, as many of them will be mixing closely with lots of new people at university, some of whom may unknowingly carry the meningococcal bacteria.

Change to local policy regarding NHS Continuing Healthcare

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NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG) has taken the decision to change local policy regarding NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) services in the area.

The CCG’s Governing Body agreed to a proposal for new patients to receive NHS continuing healthcare at home, with funding allocated up to 10 per cent above what it would cost for the same care in a residential or nursing home setting.

The decision was taken following a public consultation exercise run by an independent organisation, Enable East, which took place between May and July this year.

Despite the fact that this represents a change in the service, the consultation exercise – which mainly involved patients who used the service, has highlighted a desire from members of the public for the CCG to simplify the process in applying for NHS CHC funding, a piece of work that is already under way.

Creating local health and care services that are Fit for the Future

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A new consultation has been launched in Basildon and Brentwood, giving local people the opportunity to have a say on health and social services. 

Basildon and Brentwood CCG and Essex County Council are urging people in Basildon and Brentwood to get involved and share their views in the face of increasing demands on services. You can read more on the announcement below, or you can click on the link to download their consultation document:

  pdf Fit for the Future (322 KB)

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