5 ways to look after yourself this summer

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See our tips for a number of common conditions you or your family might experience this summer.

Summer is the time for flip flops and fun in the sun, but the season can be blighted with minor health niggles. Here are some of the more common conditions and what you can do to stay well this summer.

1. Sprained your ankle and don’t know what to do?

You can self-care for it- apply ice, compression and take paracetamol and ibuprofen. Keep the ankle elevated and give it plenty of rest.

Alternatively if you are worried you may have done something more serious, minor injury units are a great way to get it checked over.

2. Hay fever got you sneezing?

The pharmacy can help. Antihistamine, nasal spray, eye drops. Everything you need they’ll have in stock. .

3. Your child has banged their head?

Sit them down, keep them calm and apply a cold compress to the affected area (frozen peas in a tea towel are good).

Keep an eye out for unconsciousness, repeated vomiting, fits or seizures, problems with senses such as double vision or hearing loss, blood or clear liquid coming from the ears or nose, and memory loss, as any of these may mean a more serious injury. If any of these occur, proceed straight to A&E.

4. Cut or burned yourself?

Minor cuts need to be washed with clean water. If there is any bleeding stop it before applying a plaster or dressing. If the bleeding can’t be controlled, or is coming in spurts (this might mean you’ve cut an artery) you should seek immediate medical assistance.

If you think the wound is infected or at risk of becoming infected, see your GP, particularly if it is a wound to the palm of the hand as infection can spread more quickly from here.

Burns should be put under cool or lukewarm water (never ice water) and remove any clothing or jewellery close to the burn. Do not remove anything that is stuck to it. Wrap it in clean cling film or a plastic bag to protect it.

If a burn is bigger than your hand, is deep, causes charred or white skin, causes blisters or is chemical or electrical, you should seek immediate medical attention.

5. Insect bites and stings?

Apply antiseptic to the area, apply something cool and take paracetamol or ibuprofen if it is particularly painful. For itching – ask your pharmacist about over-the-counter treatments, including crotamiton cream or lotion, hydrocortisone cream or ointment and antihistamine tablets.

Signs of infection such as pus, swollen glands or flu like symptoms, or you have signs of an allergy such as redness or swelling that is spreading you should seek assistance from your GP.

If you have difficulty breathing or swallowing, rapid or severe swelling to the face, mouth or throat; dizziness, fainting, nausea or vomiting you should call 999 or proceed straight to A&E.

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It’s always useful to keep a well-stocked first aid kit to hand for any minor injuries, with plasters, dressings, a crepe bandage, safety pins and some antiseptic cream. This should also include sting/bite cream and antihistamine, scissors, painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen and sterile gloves.

Remember if you do need to see your GP, you can book online by signing up to GP Online Services. Take two forms of ID into your surgery and sign up there and then!

For more information visit www.nhs.uk 

Reaccreditation for emergency preparedness at Basildon Hospital

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Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been reaccredited for its emergency preparedness by the British Standards Institute (BSI).

The Trust had to demonstrate how its business continuity plans would ensure that it continues to provide patient care during an unexpected crisis or emergency. These might include a flu epidemic, a terrorist attack or a loss of power, telephone or IT systems.

The importance of such plans was highlighted recently during the cyber-attack, during which the IT department at the Trust immediately shut down certain systems to protect data, when the attack came to light.

Mandy Brokenshow, emergency planning liaison officer, explains:
“The Trust takes its responsibilities very seriously. We invest considerable time and money to ensure that we have the knowledge and the plans in place to continue to provide patient care and services in emergency situations.

“This was perfectly demonstrated during the recent cyber-attack, when robust and resilient business continuity plans and processes in place across the Trust came to the fore. It was also reflected in our quick recovery from the incident and return to business as usual.”

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital was the first acute hospital in the country to be awarded a kite mark by the BSI in 2012 for its business continuity plans. The BSI ISO 22301 accreditation is one of the most highly regarded symbols of quality and integrity and the Trust gets audited annually to ensure continued compliance.

Official opening of new unit for patients needing extra care and support

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A new unit for patients who need extra care and support officially opens at Thurrock Community Hospital.

NELFT, NHS staff, Council officials, families and patients celebrated at the official opening of the Mayfield Unit. A plaque, donated by Thurrock Council, was unveiled by Councillor Sue Little, Portfolio Holder for Children’s and Adults Social Care.

The new unit has been refurbished from the former Alastair Farquhason Centre to meet the needs of adults including those with dementia. The unit at Thurrock Community Hospital has 24 intermediate reablement beds. The aim of the unit is to reduce the length of stay in an acute hospital, and support people to return home or to a local place of care. The service aims to reduce the impact of long-term chronic conditions and minor new conditions.

Care is provided by NELFT’s multidisciplinary team who are trained to manage both mental and physical health. The service is commissioned by NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group.

John Brouder, Chief Executive of NELFT, said:
“I’m delighted that we are able to deliver the best care to people in Thurrock from the new Mayfield Community Hospital. The premises are truly top class combining clinical and environmental best practice to ensure compliance with the CQC requirements. Our staff have embraced the changes and are excited to be working in such close collaboration with Essex Partnership University Trust to provide integrated physical and mental health rehabilitation services to the people of Thurrock.”

Portfolio Holder for Children’s and Adults Social Care, Cllr Sue Little, said:
“I am pleased to have been invited to attend and officially open the new facility at Thurrock Community Hospital.

“We’ve recently learnt that every care home in Thurrock is rated good or better and I’m pleased to see more great care being provided at the Mayfield Unit for the benefit of Thurrock residents.”

Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer at NHS Thurrock CCG, said
“We are delighted to celebrate this new facility. Mayfield Unit first began to offer care on 11 April and has already enabled many Thurrock patients to benefit from care closer to home, relieving pressure on beds at acute hospitals.

“This is a really first class unit and forms one strand of our bid to improve health and care experience for people in Thurrock under our local offer - For Thurrock in Thurrock. Thanks to the hard work and willingness to work together, with provider NELFT, Thurrock Council, Essex Partnership University Trust* and the CCG, patients and their families will really benefit from this modern unit.”

*Formerly South Essex Partnership Trust.

Read our Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17 now!

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NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group has published the latest edition of our Annual Report and Accounts, covering 2016-17.

The report covers the period from 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 and highlights some of the work that has taken place across Thurrock in the last year.

In 2016/17 we saw many achievements and our plans, under the For Thurrock in Thurrock scheme, are progressing despite significant challenges.

We are part of a unique sustainability and transformation partnership in Mid and South Essex, this recognises the growing demand for services and the need for us to work with our partners to change how health and care is provided. We must do this to improve outcomes and ensure that the NHS is sustainable in the future.

Along with the full report, we have also produced a short ‘At a glance’ version which summarises our key facts, figures and achievements during the year in short, bite-size chunks. You can download both the full version and the short version by clicking on the links below:

pdf Thurrock CCG Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17 (2.27 MB)
pdf Thurrock CCG Annual Report at a Glance 2016-17 (1.49 MB)

Heatwave temperatures in Thurrock this week - June 2017

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Thurrock and the south east are experiencing high temperatures which look like they will continue until Thursday (22 June) when fresher contentions will spread across the country.

The Met Office has raised the alert level to three for much of the country, including Thurrock, meaning there’s a 90 per cent probability of Heatwave conditions over the next few days. Temperatures are likely to reach the high 20s and low 30s during the day and will also remain high at night. Keep up to date with the latest on the Met Office website.

High temperatures can be dangerous, especially for:

  • The elderly;
  • The very young;
  • People with chronic or long-term medical conditions; In particular very hot weather can make heart and breathing problems worse.

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