Steady steps to reduce falls in hospital

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Anne Hendry, lead nurse for osteoporosis and falls, hosts an information stand to raise awareness about falls prevention with visitors and staff

A successful campaign to raise awareness about why patients fall in hospital celebrated its first anniversary this week. Fallsafe is part of Basildon University Hospital’s drive to provide the safest possible care for patients.

Work over the past 12 months has focussed on improving the assessment of patients most at risk of having a fall in hospital, and recent figures have shown that the number of avoidable falls has started to decrease.

Anne Hendry, lead nurse for osteoporosis and falls, said: “Unfortunately patients do fall while in hospital. Often it is due to their medical condition, blood pressure, infection, medication or being in an unfamiliar environment. Over the past year our staff have got much better at assessing patients for their risk of having a fall, and this is starting to pay off. There are now around 8% fewer inpatient falls than this time last year and we are determined to improve even further over the coming months.”

Get walking and Get talking

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The Thurrock 100 Festival aims to bring the people of Thurrock together and get them active by inviting them along to its ten 10-mile walks.

Everyone is welcome and participants can walk, wheel or push as little or as much as they wish. You can find more information on the Thurrock 100 Festival website, including details on how to sign up to take part in individual walks and receive the latest news. 

The routes have been selected by local people and include some of the best of what Thurrock has to offer, including historic landmarks and beauty spots. The 10 walks take place over 10 consecutive days, beginning in Ockendon on 9 July and ending at Grays Beach Park during the Village Beach Festival on 18 July 2015.

Health show looking for volunteers

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A new health series presented by Davina McCall is looking for people who suffer with obesity to take part.

The Show for Channel 4 is looking for men and women who suffer from obesity and feel it's holding them back from the life they want to lead. If you have determination, a positive attitude, and are willing to push your body to the limits, the organisers would like to hear from you.

Medical and motivational help from the UK's leading specialists and consultants will be on offer to help volunteers to lose weight. If you are interested in taking part, you can complete an application form by following this link: Alternatively, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 0203 701 7601.

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Care Home Open Day

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Next Friday, Care Homes across the country will be opening their doors to visitors as part of the Care Home Open Day.

The open day on Friday 19 June will be the third time this annual event will be held. Care Homes are encouraging local people to learn more about the homes and to meet their residents.

Thousands of care homes across the UK take part each year, keeping care homes and their residents connected to the local community.

In Thurrock, everyone is welcome to attend the home at Bradd Close, South Ockendon to see the facilities and meet the residents. The home will be open between 12 and 4pm, and refreshments will be provided for residents. Visit the Care Home Open day website for more information. 

Minor Ailments Scheme not available in Thurrock

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In response to some recent press coverage, NHS Thurrock CCG would like to advise that we do not commission the Minor Ailments Scheme so it is not available to NHS patients across Thurrock. However you can still get free medical advice from your qualified local pharmacist for minor ailments.

In some other areas of England, the NHS Minor Ailments Scheme operates a service provided by some pharmacies, depending on their locality. It only applies to patients who do not usually pay for prescriptions (such as children, the elderly or those who have exemption certificates) and is intended to reduce unnecessary GP appointments.

Eligible patients suffering from minor, specific ailments may attend for a private one-to-one consultation with the pharmacist. The pharmacist will offer the patient advice, and may, if appropriate supply a cost effective over-the- counter product without charge or the patient might be referred on to their GP if their symptoms indicate a more serious illness.