Act F.A.S.T and call 999 at any sign of a stroke

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Knowing the signs of a stroke could save a life, which is why a new campaign is launching to remind people to “Act F.A.S.T and call 999 at any sign of a stroke.

Working closely with the Stroke Association, Public Health England is re-launching the campaign to raise awareness of the symptoms of stroke and to encourage people who recognise any single one of the symptoms of stroke, in themselves or others, to call 999 immediately.

The F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym has featured in the advertising for a number of years and is a simple test to help people identify the most common signs of a stroke, and to emphasise the importance of acting quickly by calling 999. F.A.S.T. teaches people what to look out for in themselves and in others:

  • Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
  • Speech – is their speech slurred?
  • Time to call 999

Sai Medical Centre rated good

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Sai Medical Centre given ‘Good’ CQC Rating after support from Thurrock CCG

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The team at Sai Medical Centre

Sai Medical Centre was given a Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating of ‘Good’ in its latest inspection. After receiving an Inadequate rating in January 2016, a number of issues were highlighted by the CQC which meant the practice had been put into special measures.

The Practice Manager, staff and GPs at the surgery worked tirelessly with Thurrock CCG to help improve their level of care provision. A further inspection in October 2016 found they had transformed their service to ‘Good’ across all areas of practice.

Rahul Chaudhari, Head of Primary Care at Thurrock CCG said: “We want the people of Thurrock to have the best possible primary care so we are delighted by this result. To move from an inadequate to a good rating in such a short space of time demonstrates Sai’s commitment to improve the care they offer. It also demonstrates the impact we can have when supporting General Practice services to deliver good care.”

Do you know a Hospital Hero?

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End of life steering group team model the new dandelion bags.

The Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals (BTUH) Excellence Awards are on the horizon and we want our patients to nominate a member of staff who has gone above and beyond for the special Hospital Hero crown.

Last year’s winner was Clare McGuire, who was nominated by Nicki Storey (pictured above right) on behalf of her sister Julia and dad Michael, for the care she showed their family.

Nicki described Clare as “a little angel” who looked after them all as her mum Mary’s health deteriorated and she sadly died in November 2015.

Bowel cancer screening: Have you done your test yet?

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Public Health managers are reminding Thurrock residents aged between 60 and 74 to complete their screening tests for bowel cancer.

Screening can help catch cancer early, improving the chances of it being successfully treated. However, in Thurrock only 55% complete their screening: the second lowest figure in the whole of Essex.

Everyone aged 60 and 74 who are registered with a GP practice will receive a free home kit in the post every two years. Thurrock Council’s public health team is calling on everyone to make sure everything is ok and sent a completed test back to the screening laboratory.

Get involved with Hospital care in your area

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Btuh governor

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals Trust is seeking three Thurrock Governors.

If you are passionate about the NHS and healthcare, the Trust would like to hear from you. No specialist knowledge or training is needed, just passion and commitment.

The role of the governors is to look after the interested of the community, represent the members of the staff constituency and become an advocate of healthcare. For more information, call 01268 524900 ext 8975 or visit the hospital website: 

Every year in the Basildon and Thurrock areas £2.5 million is spent on medication that is never used. Click here to find out more about our campaign to cut down on waste

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