Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action launches

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corona community action

Thurrock Council in partnership with Stronger Together, Thurrock CVS and other local organisations are working together to safely coordinate support to residents in need and to help ensure voluntary work is carried out in a safe and co-ordinated way across the borough.

The priority of Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action is to help residents who have been contacted by Government and Public Health England in regards to shielding, these are residents who are at very high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and must stay at home and self-isolate for 12 weeks due to underlying health conditions.

If you fall into this category and have received a text or letter from the NHS this week please follow the link in the message and sign up for support. Volunteers for Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action will be in touch with these residents in due course to confirm their individual support needs.
For residents who do not fall into the shielding category but require additional help and support at this time, more information will be coming out from Monday on how to access help from Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action.

Domestic violence support during COVID-19 restrictions

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People affected by domestic violence are still able to get support and advice at Basildon Hospital - despite access restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 emergency.

Two staff from the Essex Domestic Abuse Partnership Project are on-site 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. They see people referred by A&E clinicians or other staff. They also provide support and advice to those who arrive at the hospital after experiencing psychological or emotional domestic abuse.

Outside those hours people experiencing or at risk of any form of domestic violence can call the 24 hour helpline on COMPASS 0330 333 7 444 – or seek initial support at the hospital.

Further support is also available here:
0330 333 7 444
https://www.essexcompass.org.uk/
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National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk/

SafeLives: Specific resources for domestic abuse and COVID. http://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19 

Discussion events about mid and south Essex CCGs’ future cancelled

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Following the Government’s latest guidance, the five NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in mid and south Essex have taken the decision to cancel public events where they had hoped to discuss the future of local NHS planning with residents.

A spokesperson for the five CCGs said: “Our overriding priority is, as it has always been, the safety of people living in our area. We are very sorry that we cannot offer people in Braintree and Maldon a chance to share their views and ask questions face-to-face as we had hoped. We really would still like local people’s input on the plans, and there are ways you can do this online.”

The NHS Long Term Plan sets out a timeline for a single organisation to be planning and buying NHS care across larger areas. The CCG had arranged three events in the south of the county and three more in the local authority areas of mid Essex where residents could have their say about proposals for a possible merger between the five organisations. Two of the events, for south east Essex and Chelmsford residents, have already been held, but all those yet to happen have been cancelled to support residents’ “social distancing”.

Events now cancelled were due to be held in:
     • Braintree District this Thursday (19 March)
     • Pitsea, Basildon and Brentwood next Monday (23 March)
     • Maldon District next Wednesday (25 March).

In light of the current situation surrounding Covid-19 (novel coronavirus), the two drop-in events will not now go ahead.

You can find out more about the proposals for the five CCGs to come together on each of the CCG websites and share your views through a feedback questionnaire before the deadline on 5 April 2020. You can find the survey at surveymonkey.net/r/midandsouthessexccgs. Any questions about the plans and requests for information in a different format can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephoning the five CCGs.

NHS Website First Stop for Coronavirus Advice

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COVid website

The NHS in mid and south Essex and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

To make sure you receive the most up-to-date guidance on symptoms, how to look after yourself and others and information on self-isolation and social distancing, please visit nhs.uk/coronavirus

Learn about the government response to coronavirus on GOV.UK.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

    • - Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible

    • - One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household

    • - Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person

    • - Travelling to and from work, but only where it is impossible to work from home

  • Even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

  • Remember to keep washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and to catch any cough or sneeze with a tissue. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.

Spring 2020 Issue of CCG Insight Out Now!

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Insight front cover

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 spring issue features:

  • The change of provider for Thurrock’s physiotherapist service which will be run by the Thurrock Health Hubs from 01 April 2020;
  • Details on how the five CCGs in Mid and South Essex are planning to work together in the future, including proposals for a merger;
  • The important role the pharmacist plays in the community to provide advice on every day minor ailments;
  • The launch of a wellbeing plan which aims to help children and young people manage their own mental health and wellbeing; and
  • A look at some of the new people on Thurrock CCG’s Board: our new Chair, Dr Anil Kallil, and our new lay member for Patient and Public Involvement, Alan Hudson.


You can find out more about all of these stories and more 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 – Spring 2020 (issue 17) (3.14 MB)