What to do when it’s not an emergency.

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Accidents can happen, and it is important to know where you can turn for appropriate care. For many accidents, you can take care of yourself, but there is always medical advice from NHS 111, the non-emergency NHS number, or your local pharmacy if you need it.

Spring is here, the sun is out and everyone is shaking off the winter blues. The children are excitedly bouncing around on the garden trampoline and the adults are throwing themselves into outdoor activities. Then that 'little' accident happens and your great day ends in tears with a fall, a grazed knee or a sprained ankle.

Supporting Dementia Awareness Week

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In support of Dementia Awareness Week (17-23 May), NHS Thurrock CCG is reminding residents to seek help from their GP immediately if they are concerned that a friend, relative or partner may be suffering from dementia.

A variety of factors can cause dementia including strokes to heavy drinking, but the most common form of dementia is Alzheimer's disease, which is caused by changes to the chemistry and structure of the brain, leading to the death of brain cells. 800,000 people in the UK are living with dementia, and Alzheimer's disease accounts for 520,000 of all cases.

Dying Matters Awareness Week

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The CCG wants everyone to start talking about dying! Not a statement you would expect from the local NHS, but as part of Dying Matters Week (18 -24 May), the CCG is supporting two local initiatives to help ensure that we can all get the care and support we want, where we want it, at the end of our lives.

Jane Foster-Taylor, NHS Thurrock CCG's Chief Nurse, said: "End of life care is very high on the national health agenda. A recent report, Actions on End of Life Care 2014-16, set out a national blueprint for what end of life care should look like. Crucially, the report highlighted the inequalities experienced by some groups in society when it comes to consistent, high-quality end of life care." 

Share your experiences of caring for someone with brain injury

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Healthwatch Thurrock is hosting an event for friends and families of people that have suffered a brain injury.

If you have known someone who has suffered a brain injury as a result of a stroke, hypoxic brain injury, or some other accident, then Healthwatch Thurrock wants to hear from you.

The event is an opportunity to share your views with local organisations over a cup of tea and cakes. You can share your experience of services, your opinion on support that was on offer, and your ideas on what was missing that you believe would have made a real difference.

There will also be an opportunity to speak to Headway Essex, The Stroke Association and other local organisations about support available to you.

Healthwatch Thurrock will be holding the free afternoon tea event at the Beehive, West Street, Grays, RM17 6XP on Friday, 22 May 2015 from 1pm – 4pm.

To book a place, or to discuss any issues relating to transportation, you can call the Healthwatch Thurrock office on 01375 389883.

Why not come along in a hat and help Headway Essex raise awareness of the effects of brain injury on the organisation's Hats 4 Headway Day

Kate Granger Awards

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There's four weeks left to nominate a person, team or organisation that has made a significant difference to patient care.

Entries for the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards will close to submissions on 29 May 2015.

The award celebrates people that have made a positive difference to patient care. It is named after Kate Granger, the terminally ill doctor who has worked tirelessly to raise awareness around compassion in the NHS through her #hellomynameis social media campaign. 

The judges are looking for an individual, team or organisation that has made a fantastic difference to patient care. In particular, they want evidence of:

  • An ambitious and innovative way of delivering care;
  • High-quality management and leadership;
  • An approach that can be easily measured and have a real impact;
  • How the approach has made a difference to patient care;
  • How it makes a difference in the long term;
  • How easily it can be replicated in other organisations.

The awards will be presented at Expo 2015 in September. If you would like more information, click here

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