Proposals for Integrated Medical Centre in Tilbury set to progress

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Plans to build an Integrated Medical Centre (IMC) that will bring health and care services to the heart of Tilbury are set to take a significant step forward with Thurrock Council expected to give the green light to provide up to £20million of funding.

The Tilbury IMC is one of four planned across the borough, along with others in Purfleet, Corringham, and Grays. The council and its NHS partners are investing in health and care services to make them more accessible, closer to home and ensure they are provided in modern, purpose-built facilities. The centres will also improve access to clinical services currently located at Orsett Hospital.

Thurrock Council’s cabinet is expected to agree to fund the construction of the IMC in Tilbury at its meeting on Wednesday, 12 September.

Join us for our Annual General Meeting – Wednesday 26 September 2018

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Find out more about healthcare in Thurrock and the role of NHS Thurrock CCG at our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

We are holding our AGM between 10am and 11am on Wednesday 26 September 2018 at Orsett Hall and everyone is invited to find out more about healthcare in Thurrock. Meet with the local clinicians, commissioners and staff who ensure that healthcare decisions in Thurrock are made with patients at the heart.

There will be a presentation by staff from the CCG on a wide range of topics relating to the work we do at the CCG. Refreshments will be provided and attendees will have the opportunity to ask any questions they might have. If you would like to find out more about our AGM, email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01375 365 810.

Everyone's welcome so please feel free to share. You can download the AGM invitation flyer by clicking on the link below:

pdf NHS Thurrock CCG AGM invitation - 26 September 2018 (578 KB)

Annual Report and Accounts

For More information about our work over the previous year, download our Annual Report and Accounts 2017-18:

Share your view on digital health programmes

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NHS England is looking for people to share their views on NHS digital health services.

Successful applicants will have a good knowledge and understanding of the health and care system national, regionally and/or locally and will join NHS England’s various advisory groups.

These Patient and Public Voice (PPV) partners will ensure that patient voice is heard within the various groups by constructively challenging, offering insight and views from a patient/citizen perspective.

NHS England is particularly looking for PPV partners who can demonstrate an understanding of and strong interest in digital health services.

Membership of the groups is for 12 months initially, and will then be reviewed. The closing date for applications is Monday 3 September 2018 (midnight). Interviews (face to face or online) will be held week commencing 17 September 2018.

Please go to the application form and information pack to apply and for further details. If you would like to receive an application pack in other formats, such as hard copy, or you have any other questions about this opportunity, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

127 cardiac arrest survivors and official World Record holders

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Celebrations have begun as 127 cardiac arrest survivors become official Guinness World Record holders.

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Survivors immediately after the world record was completed.

The attempt to gather the largest number of cardiac arrest survivors in one place happened on Saturday 09 June this year and the 127 participants, aged 11 to 80, travelled from across the UK to take part and meet other survivors.

The event was organised by Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK and SADS UK (SADS stands for sudden arrhythmic death syndrome) and was held at Basildon University Hospital. In addition to the world record attempt, there were educational seminars and exhibitions, including talks from cardiac specialists and cardiac-related charities relating to all aspects of post cardiac arrest care.

The organisers were confident at the time but now official verification from Guinness World Records has been received to say this is now a new world record.

Clare Panniker, chief executive of the three hsopitals in Mid and South Essex, said: “This is great news! I am thrilled for everyone whose time and dedication made this record possible. There was a great atmosphere on the day and it was inspiring to see so many cardiac arrest survivors in one place. It is a real testament to our lifesaving NHS service and the pioneering work being done in specialist units across the UK, like the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre.”

Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone regardless of age, fitness or general health. It is not the same as a heart attack. A cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly stops pumping blood around the body. The person will suddenly lose consciousness and stop breathing or stop breathing normally. 

Cardiac arrest needs immediate treatment with CPR or the person will die within minutes. A heart attack is sudden interruption to the blood supply to part of the heart muscle, causing chest pain and permanent damage to the heart. But the person remains conscious and breathing.

Health leaders join forces to reassure residents in Thurrock over future health services

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Health leaders have today joined forces to reassure residents in Thurrock over the future of health services in the borough.

The move comes following the decision by the joint committee of the five CCGs last month to relocate services provided at Orsett Hospital to four new integrated medical centres in Purfleet, Corringham, Tilbury and Grays.

This would enable the much loved, but outdated site at Orsett to close once the new centres were up and running and services moved across.

Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer at Thurrock CCG said: “There has been much speculation over the services provided at Orsett Hospital and where they will go. We are in the planning stages for where these services will go. Our first point is that all Thurrock services will be re-positioned within the Integrated Medical Centres and no services for Thurrock people will be lost. This will not happen overnight and we now want to work with people who use the service so that they can oversee the plans. There will be at least another 2-3 years to ensure the Integrated Medical Centres are built to the right specifications.

“We hope these facts, and the accompanying video will help to reassure people.”

Tom Abell, Deputy Chief Executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “This decision is good news. Local residents will soon have more modern health and care services closer to where they live. This means more investment in the services people use the most. We are also absolutely clear that services will not stop at Orsett Hospital until all the new services are up and running.”

Ms Ansell has also released a blog outlining more details. This can be viewed by clicking the link below:

Mandy Ansell sets out the CCG's vision for Thurrock’s health and care system

Tom Abell has recorded a short video outlining what services are available currently and where they might go and the thinking behind the decision to close the hospital. This video can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/4AEot1jyKYo 

A quick fact sheet has also been prepared which outlines the top 10 facts about the transfer of services from Orsett Hospital and the eventual closure of the hospital. Click the link below to download:

pdf Orsett hospital - Top 10 Facts About the Closure (176 KB)