Sharps collection in Thurrock

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If you have any sharp medical equipment, you can dispose of them at five sharps collection bins in Thurrock pharmacies.

The free-of-charge boxes are for the safe disposal of sharp medical equipment such as syringes, needles and lancets. The five pharmacies are:

Allcures Pharmacy, 62 High Street, Grays, RM17 6NA
Daves Chemist, Purfleet Care Centre, Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SX
Boots, 17 Derwent Parade, South Ockendon, RM15 5EF
Hassengate Pharmacy, Southend Road, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 0PH
Asset Chemist, 128 Dock Road, Tilbury, RM18 7BJ

Public Health Thurrock and the Council’s environmental team provided funding for the collection. Click on the link below to download the poster:

Sharps Collections posters 


Get Online Week 2015

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On 12 to 18 October, Get Online Week returns to help thousands of people get online and make their lives a little easier.

Get Online Week helps people learn the benefits that getting online can have and, for anyone uncomfortable with the internet, it is a great opportunity to brush up on your skills. Last year, 80,000 people were reached by Get Online Week. Watch the video below to hear just one success story of the campaign. 

The NHS is committed to making it easier to access GP services and has now brought online services to practices across England. Watch the video below to find out more about online services at GP practices.

Everyone’s invited to eye health event

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Thurrock Council is holding an eye event next Tuesday, and everyone is welcome to attend.

The event will bring a wide range of organisations together to share their knowledge on eye health care, healthy living and optical technology and services. The Royal National Institute of Blind People will also be bringing its Eye Pod, a simulator which allows visitors to see the effect that common eye conditions have on vision.

The event will be taking place between 10am and 4pm on Tuesday 13 October at South Essex College, New Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 6TF. Visit the Thurrock Council website for more information:

Keeping an eye on health 
pdf Are you keeping an eye on health? poster  (626 KB)

Working together – Thurrock CCG AGM 2015

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NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2014/15 took place on Wednesday 23 September at Orsett Hall with almost 90 people, including GPs, CCG staff, members of the public and councillors attending the event.

The event included an interactive engagement workshop where people could learn about how the CCG has progressed with improving health and wellbeing of Thurrock residents over the last 12 months. The Engagement Workshop featured a table top 'around the CCG world' format where people could visit clusters of tables to talk to clinicians and managers about particular health areas such as Mental Health, Quality and Safety, Medicines Management, Unplanned Care and Engagement to name a few. Each table showcased recent achievements in these work areas as well as our commissioning plans for the future, which we were keen to hear residents’ views on. Follow the links below to view the achievements.

The AGM also included presentations from the CCG’s Chief Nurse, Jane Foster-Taylor who gave an overview of the CCG’s Quality and Patient Safety agenda which is a key priority for the CCG. Jane’s presentation showed how quality and patient safety threads through all aspects of our work.

The formal presentation of the CCG’s Annual Report and Accounts was made by our Chief Finance Officer, Ade Olarinde. The CCG, like last year, again performed well financially. We were able to deliver better outcomes while still achieving our year-end financial targets.

If you would like us to add you to our mailing lists to receive regular updates on our work and to receive our public newsletter (CCG Insight) please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with Engagement Mailing List as the subject.

Click here for:
  pdf Annual Report and Accounts 2014/15 (2.80 MB)
  pdf Our Year (Easy Read summary of the Annual Report 2014/15) (2.26 MB)

CCG Work stream Presentations from AGM 2015:

document Quality board seminar (1.17 MB)
document Quality presentation slides (1.99 MB)
document Primary care board seminar (1.18 MB)
document Medicines Management presentation (1.17 MB)
document Working with voluntary services board seminar (1.17 MB)
document Planned Care board seminar (1.17 MB)
document Communications presentation (1.17 MB)
document Unplanned Care board seminar (2.19 MB)
document Mental Health board seminar (1.18 MB)
document Finance board seminar (1.28 MB)
document Corporate Governance board seminar (1.13 MB)
document Children and Young people board seminar slides (1.18 MB)

CTC tweetathon gets hearts pumping

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It takes a lot of heart to work in The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) as staff showed when they allowed social media into their departments.

On Thursday 24 September, Twitter and Facebook users were able to find out more about the different departments within the CTC and the amazing lifesaving procedures that take place there.

From theatres and cardiac catheter labs, to wards, to outpatients, all areas were covered with regular updates giving facts, figures and fascinating information.

Stuart Harris, clinical director for the CTC, said: “We received a great response from members of the public, who left some wonderful comments about the work we do. There was also a great buzz on the day among the staff who are very supportive of each other. The CTC provides an important service but its success depends on the talented and passionate staff we have here.”