Want to shape local healthcare? Join your PPG!

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ppg awareness week

All this week, Thurrock CCG is encouraging people to get involved with their local GP practice and is celebrating those who already work to improve services.

Between 1-6 June, it is Patient Participation Awareness Week, an annual celebration of the work that ordinary people do to enhance the services at their GP practice. As part of this national campaign, Thurrock CCG wants is encouraging Thurrock residents to join the Patient Participation Group at their local GP practice.

Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) are a forum for patients to communicate with GP practices. It also offers patients the opportunity to put forward their views and suggestions at regular meetings.

Decision to close walk-in service

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After nearly a year of engagement with local communities and stakeholders, Thurrock CCG has decided to close the walk-in service based in Grays.

The Governing Body came to the unanimous decision to close the walk-in service at its May meeting after the CCG's engagement with the public and stakeholders over the previous year. The GP service based at the same premises in Thurrock Health Centre is unaffected by this decision.

At the meeting on Wednesday 27 May, the Board scrutinised the results from the CCG's two-month-long public consultation, which involved three public events and a consultation survey.

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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dementia awareness week

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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dying matters awareness week

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." 

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