Opening times this spring bank holiday (29 May 2017)

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Residents of Thurrock should be aware that some pharmacies, GP practices and other NHS services in the area may not be open this coming bank holiday Monday.

As most GP surgeries and pharmacies will be closed on Monday, we would like to encourage patients to order any medication they need in plenty of time so they have a good supply during the bank holiday.

If you do need to visit a pharmacy on Monday, several will still be open in Thurrock. Click on the link below to download our guide on NHS services over the bank holiday weekend, including the pharmacy open times on Monday and the opening times of the GP and nurse hubs on Saturday and Sunday:

pdf Spring bank holiday 2017 opening times (1.06 MB)

Corringham Allcures Pharmacy 19 Lampits Hill SS17 9AA 09:00 – 19:00
Grays Vision Pharmacy 11 Crammavill Street, Stifford Clays RM16 2AP 10:00 – 16:00
Stanford-Le-Hope Hassengate Pharmacy Southend Road SS17 0PH 11:00 – 16:00
West Thurrock Boots UK Ltd 1b Junction Retail Park, Western Avenue, Thurrock RM20 3LP 11:00 – 17:00
West Thurrock Tesco Instore Pharmacy Tesco Store, Cygnet View RM20 1TX 09:00 – 18:00
West Thurrock Boots Pharmacy 74/75 Thurrock Lakeside RM20 2ZG 10:00 – 21:00

New pilot for mental health support for people with long-term health conditions

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New pilot bringing mental health therapies to people with long-term conditions comes to Thurrock.

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Thurrock is one of 16 areas nationally that has been awarded funding for a second stage pilot on Increasing Access to Psychological Therepies (IAPT) for people with long-term health conditions.

The plans are for seven therapists to be brought in by the end of the year to support initially, people living with diabetes who have been identified as most in need of support. If successful, the pilot will be extended to other long-term health conditions like, COPD and heart disease.

Paul Evans, Regional Lead, (Inclusion) East of England said:
“The first wave of IAPT has been really successful and we are hoping that if we help a person to overcome mental health issues, like depression and anxiety, they will be better able to manage their condition. Living with a long term condition like diabetes, can be difficult for people to manage, both physically and mentally. We hope this pilot will prove that looking after the mind will improve a person’s physical health outcomes too.”

Hollywood attends event to unite voices against dementia

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Jane Gilby, dementia lead nurse, Eddie Marsan and Debbie Hewitt, activities coordinator

A Hollywood actor lent a professional voice to help Basildon Hospital patients who live with dementia.

Eddie Marsan, star of Ray Donovan, V for Vendetta and Gangs of New York, attended Basildon Library for the ‘United Voices Against Dementia’ event on Thursday 18 May.

More than 30 members of the public came along as part of Dementia Awareness Week to record their memories of Basildon or read a classic book chapter, a poem or newspaper article.

GP online services volunteers wanted

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NHS England’s Stakeholder Forum is looking for patient and public volunteers (PPV) to help shape its GP online services.

The main role of PPV partners is to ensure patient voice is heard and to keep the programme to its core purpose of improving outcomes, safety and efficiency. PPV partners will have an opportunity to influence the direction of the programme and the associated systems and products.

NHS England is looking for people who can represent the views of patients and to help promote the programme through their own networks, both nationally and locally. Other members of the forum include representatives from the voluntary sector, supplier partners and clinical and programme partners.

Membership of the group is for 12 months initially. Applications must be received before 9 June 2017. For more information and to receive an application form and information pack, contact the Patient Online team on 07814 228 917 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

NHS England wants to ensure that its PPV partners are representative of the population and that a wide range of people are appointed to these roles. For this reason, members of the public can hold a maximum of two paid roles on NHS England standing groups or committees that are a formal part of the structure and attract a participation payment.

Physiotherapists call for change of language on back pain

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What you need to know: 98 per cent of back pain cases are non-serious

Back pain can be extremely painful, debilitating, and even very scary. When people throw around language like ‘crumbling spines’ and ‘slipped discs, it can be too easy to fear the worst. However, the truth is that most back pain cases aren’t serious and will clear up in due course and there’s no need to keep off your feet for days on end.

Bending, lifting and other movements are widely believed to cause harm and this leads many to avoid doing them. Yet while it can be very painful and distressing, research shows that 98 per cent of back pain is not serious and it’s actually better for your back if you carry on with your daily activities, where possible.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) has produced new materials aimed at reassuring the public and changing the tone of discussion around the condition, both in the media and among health professionals.

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