Extra GP and nurse appointments up until end of March

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Extra GP and nurse appointments will be on offer throughout this winter with the Thurrock health hubs opening for extended hours.

The health hubs – the weekend and Wednesday evening service that provides GP and nurse appointments – will see patients every weekday from 6.30pm to 8.30pm until the end of March (Friday 31st).

If you would like to see a GP or nurse at a hub, simply phone your regular practice and ask for an appointment at one of the hubs. You can book an appointment at any of the hubs, just specify which hub you would prefer

Once booked, the appointment will be the same as if you were attending an appointment at your own practice

 Locations

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Corringham: Neera Medical Centre, Stanford-Le-Hope, SS17 0BY
Tilbury: The Health Centre, London Road, RM18 8EB
Grays: Thurrock Community Hospital, Long Lane, Grays, RM16 2PX
South Ockendon: Purfleet Care Centre, Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SX 

New Year Campaign calls on smokers to quit

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Public Health England has launched a campaign to highlight the damaging effect smoking has on the heart, and is urging smokers to quit smoking in the New Year.

The Smokefree campaign reveals that 45 people a day die of cardiovascular disease (CVD) caused by smoking, which is over 16,500 a year in England. CVD includes all diseases of the heart and circulation, including heart attacks and strokes, and is one of the main causes of death and disability in the country.

CVD is usually associated with the build up of fatty deposits clogging up our arteries, known as atherosclerosis, that can block the flow of blood to vital organs and eventually cause fatal heart attacks and strokes. Smoking increases the risk of heart disease by a quarter (24%) and doubles the risk of heart attack or stroke.

Free quitting support and tools can be found on the Smokefree website.

What to do if you need medical help

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Have you ever needed medical help but weren’t sure where to go? A&E may not be the quickest or best place to go.

By knowing what you should do when you need medical support or advice, you can help ensure you receive the right care at the right time and at the right place and can also help reduce some of the pressure on our frontline NHS services like A&E.

Many people think they need to visit a GP or hospital with minor illnesses and injuries, but they are often better treated more quickly elsewhere, or at home using simple remedies:

Change4Life launches new Be Food Smart campaign

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A new campaign that highlights the surprising amount of sugar, saturated fat and salt found in everyday food and drink has been launched to encourage parents to ‘Be Food Smart’. 

Without realising it, we are all eating too much sugar, saturated fat and salt. The Change4Life ‘Be Food Smart’ campaign brings food labels to life, enabling families to make healthier food and drink choices. Childhood obesity is a growing issue with figures showing that in England, more than 1 in 4 children aged 4-to 5-years-old and more than 1 in 3 children aged 10 and 11-years-old are overweight or obese.

Our kids might seem fine on the outside but too much sugar and saturated fat can lead to the build-up of harmful fat on the inside that we can’t see. This fat around their vital organs can cause weight gain and serious diseases in the future, like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, or even some cancers. Over time, eating too much salt can also raise our blood pressure putting us at risk of heart disease and stroke.

Winter 2016/17 issue of CCG Insight

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We’ve released the latest edition of CCG Insight, a magazine packed full of information on healthcare in Thurrock plus details of the CCG's and our partners' work in the community.

The winter issue features the launch of a new and exciting programme to help people learn about building mental resilience, details on how Thurrock residents can prepare for the winter, and information on why it’s so important to combat antibiotic resistance.

You can download the latest issue by clicking on the link below. Please feel free to share with anyone who may be interested in our work and the local NHS in Thurrock.

pdf CCG Insight - Winter 2016/17 (issue 7) (2.80 MB)

Every year in the Basildon and Thurrock areas £2.5 million is spent on medication that is never used. Click here to find out more about our campaign to cut down on waste

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