Stoptober - the 28-day quit smoking campaign – is back

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Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England, is back from 01 October.

Stoptober has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smokefree for good.

All the support you need to quit

Everyone’s quitting-journey is different, but with Stoptober, you won’t be on your own. Join the thousands quitting smoking with Stoptober and get all the support you need to help you on your quitting-journey.

There are lots of ways to quit and Stoptober can help you choose what works for you. You can quit using medication (including nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and gum) or e-cigarettes. Stoptober offers a range of free support to help you including an app, daily emails, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook. In addition, you can get expert face-to-face advice from local stop smoking services. In Thurrock, this is Vitality, provided by NELFT. Visit their website for more information: www.nelft.nhs.uk/vitality-stop-smoking-service 

Those who use stop smoking aids and who get face-to-face support from their local stop smoking service are up to four times more likely to quit successfully.

Stopping smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and the health of those around you. If you can make it to 28 days smokefree, you’re 5 times more likely to stay quit for good.

Find out more about the Stoptober campaign on the Stoptober website

Autumn 2017 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 autumn issue features the launch of a community-based blood pressure and pulse service at the Tilbury Community Hub, an invitation to attend our Annual General Meeting and a reminder that you should only attend A&E if it is serious and/or life threatening.

There’s also more on some exciting news for general practice in Thurrock. A number of GP practices are receiving funding for a number of clinical pharmacists to help with patient care and, a first for Thurrock, as College Health hires a paramedic to support GP practices in the area.

You can download the latest issue by clicking on the link below. We hope you enjoy reading it! Please feel free to share with friends, family members and colleagues.

pdf CCG Insight - Autumn 2017 (issue 9) (3.75 MB)

New hospital appointment reminder service being launched

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On Thursday 14 September, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals will be launching a new service which sends patients appointment reminders by text.

Currently, one in 10 outpatients do not attend their local hospital appointment, which is higher than at many other parts of the country. This means there are many appointment slots un-used each day which could have been reallocated to another patient.

The new appointment reminder service aims to reduce this number by sending a text reminder message to outpatients seven days before their appointment. Patients who do not have a mobile phone will have a voice message sent to the home phone. Children aged under 16 will have a reminder sent to their guardian.

New telephone number for booking blood test appointments

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From Wednesday 13 September 2017, the telephone number to book a blood test appointment will be changing to 01702 746065.

Patients who need to book a blood test appointment at a hospital or clinic in Basildon, Thurrock or Southend can do this using the online booking system or by contacting the telephone call centre.

Until now there have been three numbers to choose from to book blood tests by telephone. From Wednesday 13 September, these will be replaced by one new number – 01702 746065. The new system will automatically direct callers to the next available call handler.

Join us at our Annual General Meeting – 27 September 2017

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Want to know more about healthcare in Thurrock and what it is Thurrock CCG actually does? Come along to our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and find out.

We are holding our AGM between 10am and 11am on Wednesday 27 September 2017 at High House in Purfleet. Everyone interested in healthcare in Thurrock is invited to attend. Meet with the local clinicians, commissioners and staff that ensure that healthcare decisions in Thurrock are made with patients at the heart.

The day will feature a number of presentations on topics as diverse as the Thurrock CCG Board election, public engagement and our annual accounts.

Mandy Ansell, Accountable Officer at Thurrock CCG, said: “It is vital that the people who use the services in Thurrock are fully involved with everything that we do. Our Annual General Meeting is an excellent opportunity to find out more about what we have achieved to improve NHS services in our area so far and what we are working on in the coming years. We look forward to seeing you there!”

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 Annual General Meeting - 27 September 2017 (534 KB)

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