CCGs in mid and south Essex to decide on consultation

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The Joint Committee of the five clinical commissioning groups are set to consider proposals for public consultation at the end of this month on the future of health and care services across mid and south Essex.

These proposals are a result of detailed work undertaken by clinical teams across health and care organisations to improve the services provided to the 1.2 million people living in mid and south Essex.

A detailed pre-consultation business case and a plan for a period of public consultation will be considered and have been published in draft (will be available at the follwoing web address shortly: These will be discussed at a meeting to be held on the 29th November 2017 in the Marconi Suite, Civic Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford at 3pm.

The Joint Committee will be asked to give approval to commence consultation on these proposals, which include:

  • Improvements in A&E at all three hospitals with the development of four new assessment and treatment centres alongside each A&E. All three A&Es will be led by a consultant, open 24 hours a day and will receive “blue light” ambulances. They will be able to treat the majority of cases. It is estimated that the number of patients that would need to transfer from a local A&E to a specialist team in another hospital could be around 14 patients a day.
  • A new “hyper acute stroke unit” close to the existing cardiothoracic centre in Basildon, which specialises in treatments for serious heart and lung problems. The new unit would provide the highest dependency and intensive care for people that have had a stroke in the first 72 hours following a stroke. This would be in addition to the existing stroke care units at all three hospitals which would remain in place.
  • Some specialist inpatient care being brought together in one place, where there is existing expertise and to allow for extended hours, seven day a week consultant and specialist cover for these services. This is based clinical evidence that this would improve care and chances of a making a good recovery. Examples include gynaecological surgery at Southend Hospital, urological surgery at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford and surgery for arteries and veins at Basildon Hospital.
  • Some planned operations being done separately from emergency cases. Some complex operations that need a few days hospital stay could be performed in Southend Hospital for people in south Essex and Braintree Community Hospital for people in mid Essex.
  • Move community services closer to where people live. For example in Thurrock the proposals outline how services currently provided at Orsett Hospital could be provided in four new “integrated medical centres” and existing community centres in Basildon and Brentwood. Once this has happened it will be possible to close Orsett Hospital which is difficult to access by public transport and needs significant investment to bring up to modern standard.

Thurrock community wraps up for Self Care Week

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Organisations including Thurrock Council, Thurrock CCG and Thurrock CVS, St Margaret’s Church in Stanford le Hope and Thurrock’s Community Hub in Chadwell have got together to wrap local areas across Thurrock for Self Care Week.

Groups were invited to knit or bring scarves to wrap around their nose and mouth to keep cold air out and keep warm. Self Care Week runs from 13-19th November and was set up to help empower people to find ways of keeping themselves healthy and warm this winter.

Jane Foster-Taylor, Chief Nurse for Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“This is a fun way of getting people together to raise awareness of how we can all help ourselves to stay well this winter. We are bringing the community together for a simple message.”

This Thursday 16 November at 4pm, Thurrock Council staff, CCG Staff, Thurrock CVS, Healthwatch and students from South Essex College will all join together to wrap around the council building in Grays.

Living with diabetes? Manage your health online 24/7

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This World Diabetes Day (Tuesday 14 November), find out how GP online services can help people with diabetes.

There are currently 4 million people in the UK living with diabetes. GP online services provide patients – particularly those with long-term conditions, such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes – with a convenient way to better manage their health.

There's a few ways GP online can help. Having access to your GP records online can help you talk to the healthcare team about your individual needs. Also, being able to order repeat prescriptions and book appointments online has helped people to organise their daily lives.

David Calver, a patient living with diabetes, explained why he signed up for GP online services: “Initially, I signed up for a repeat prescription. However, I found the wider uses, such as booking appointments and seeing test results useful too, as you can look back at the history of them.

“Having a long-term condition such as diabetes means I need to make appointments with my GP practice. My surgery is very good at booking appointments when my review is due over the telephone, but now I have the ability to amend that date and time online. It is very convenient.”

NHS England has produced a video featuring David Calver, talking about his experiences of managing his diabetes and how GP online services have helped him.

Make sure you know the facts about the flu vaccine

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Flu myths busted as health and care leaders step up race to beat flu this season.

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This year Thurrock’s public health team and NHS Thurrock CCG have got together to fight the threat of flu with a series of myth busters, video and information to help people make an informed decision on their flu jab.

Last year Thurrock’s eligible population were under vaccinated, putting them at risk of serious health problems due to the flu. Flu can even be fatal. To show the numbers that need to be vaccinated and those who have been vaccinated, a flu thermometer has been created to show people how far Thurrock has to go to reach the target. This will be updated every two weeks, log on to to see how the area is doing!

Share your views on orthodontic services in the East of England

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NHS England is calling on people to share their views, experiences and suggestions for orthodontic services in the East of England.

Orthodontic treatment (usually with braces) is most often used to improve the appearance and alignment of crooked, protruding or crowded teeth and, to correct problems with the bite of the teeth.

NHS England Midlands and East is responsible for buying orthodontic services and for ensuring that these services meet the needs of patients in Thurrock and the whole of the East of England region. The team will begin shortly the process of commissioning (buying and managing) orthodontic services which will come into effect from March 2019. As part of the process, they would like to hear your views on what services should look like.

NHS England Midlands and East are keen to hear from people that are currently using orthodontic services or have experienced services recently. The survey will run until Wednesday 03 January 2018 and all replies will be anonymous. For patients who are under the age of 18, the questionnaire can be completed by a parent, guardian or responsible adult, if appropriate.

For more information and to complete the survey, visit the NHS England Consultation Hub

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