Top tips for a healthy Ramadan

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Muslims in Thurrock can ensure they have a healthy Ramadan by following some useful fasting advice from the NHS.

This year, Ramadan in the UK is taking place from Friday 26 May until Saturday 24 June. Throughout this period, Muslims observe a daily fast by abstaining from food and drink between dawn and sunset.

Fasting during the month of Ramadan can be beneficial to health and also offers an opportunity for those who are overweight to shed a few pounds – provided it is done correctly.

The body enters into a fasting state around eight hours after the last meal, when the gut finishes absorbing nutrients from the food. During a fast, the body will first start to burn the glucose that’s stored in the liver and muscles, and then fat becomes the next source of energy when the body’s glucose supply has run out.

During Ramadan, the body’s energy can be replaced with the pre-dawn and dusk meals. This provides a gentle transition from using glucose as the main source of energy to using fat, and prevents the breakdown of muscle for protein.

The use of fat for energy helps weight loss, preserves the muscles and eventually reduces cholesterol levels. After a few days of the fast, higher levels of endorphins appear in the blood, making you more alert and giving an overall feeling of general mental wellbeing.

Message from Essex police on heightened terror threat

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Armed Essex Police officers will patrol major infrastructure sites across Essex and the county will see more local policing patrols as the force responds to the change in the national terrorist threat level.

The UK threat level from international terrorism is now ‘critical’ meaning an attack is expected imminently. This is a national threat level and is based on intelligence that is considered credible and specific.

There is no specific intelligence or evidence which relates to Essex.

Deputy Chief Constable BJ Harrington said: “From today and until further notice people in Essex will see an increased police presence in the county and that includes armed police officers. We are doing this to protect and reassure the public and we plan and train in great detail to respond to situations like this.”

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.

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