Flu – think it’s too late to be vaccinated? think again!

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With flu season now upon us, Thurrock’s public health team and the Clinical Commissioning Group are working together to fight the threat of flu by encouraging specific groups of people to get their flu vaccine. The message is, it’s not too late!

The groups of people being encouraged in particular are pregnant women, parents of young children, those under 65 with long-term conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart disease. Carers are also eligible to be vaccinated.

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.

This Decembeard help fight bowel cancer

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Men join together this Decembeard and raise money for Bowel Cancer UK

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More than 23,000 men are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year, making it the third most common cancer in men. That's why we're pledging our support for Bowel Cancer UK's Decembeard fundraising campaign.

Dads, brothers, sons, nephews, granddads, uncles - you can help the charity stop people dying of bowel cancer this December.

All you need to do is clean shave on 30 November and let your facial fuzz grow throughout December. Already bearded? No problem. Dye, ditch or decorate your beard and join the campaign.

Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer. However it shouldn't be as it's treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Join us this December, get growing a beard and raise as much as you can to support Bowel Cancer UK's vital services and lifesaving research.

Save lives. Grow a beard: www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/decembeard 

Are you #WeatherReady?

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New campaign aims to help you and your loved ones get ready for the winter weather.

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To help everyone be better prepared for severe weather all year round, the Met Office is launching ‘WeatherReady’. Run in partnership with Cabinet Office, the initiative provides expert advice on travel, protecting your home and your health and wellbeing.

Oliver Dowden MP, Minister for Implementation, Cabinet Office said: “Last year we saw the impact severe weather can have on our services and communities. Our public services and emergency responders continue to prepare for severe weather as they do every year, but everyone can take simple actions to prepare themselves and support their friends and neighbours.

Independent support for those with NHS concerns and complaints

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If you have any concerns with an NHS service, drop in sessions will be taking place to provide free and confidential advice form the independent advocacy group, POhWER.

POWhERs advocates can give free one-to-one support throughout the NHS complaints process. The next drop in sessions will be taking place:

At the Chadwell Information Centre Library, Brentwood Road, Chadwell St Mary, RM16 4JP, on Tuesday 04 December 2018 from 10am to 12pm

At the Tilbury Hub, Civic Square, Tilbury, RM18 8AD, on Wednesday 05 December 2018 from 10am to 12pm

There will also be dates taking place in the New Year. Click the links below to download the drop-in flyers. Please feel free to share with anyone who might be interested.

pdf Drop-in NHSCA Flyer Thurrock – Chadwell (35 KB)

pdf Drop-in NHSCA Flyer Thurrock – Tilbury (35 KB)

You can also phone POhWER on 0300 456 2370 or visit their website: www.pohwer.net 

For Thurrock in Thurrock Autumn 2018 issue out now!

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Find out the latest news and updates on our plans to radically change health and social care services in Thurrock in our latest edition of For Thurrock in Thurrock.

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Public involvement is vital to all the decisions we make around health and care in Thurrock. That’s why Thurrock CCG, Thurrock Council, Healthwatch Thurrock and Stronger Together Thurrock work together to produce regular updates through our For Thurrock in Thurrock newsletter.

The latest issue of our newsletter features:

  • Information on how our work is progressing on delivering a new way of working that we revolutionise how we provide health and care services;
  • The launch of the new Thurrock Community Led Support team which will see social care within the community and closer to where people live; and
  • A reminder on what we all can do to keep well this coming winter, including making sure you get your flu jab if you’re eligible and ensuring that your first port of call for common medical conditions is the pharmacist.

For more on these and other stories, download a copy of our newsletter by clicking the link below. Please feel free to share this link with friends, family and colleagues. We hope you enjoy reading it!

pdf For Thurrock in Thurrock newsletter Issue 8 - Autumn 2018 (1.31 MB)