Diarrhoea and vomiting can shut hospital wards

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If you have diarrhoea or are vomiting, protect those in hospital by not visiting them.

Basildon hospital staff would like to remind people to please refrain from visiting friends or relatives, if you have any symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting. This is to prevent transmission of infection to both the patient you are seeing and other vulnerable patients on the ward.

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals are keen to help stop the spread of Norovirus and protect vulnerable patients.

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus and the most common infectious cause of diarrhoea and vomiting in the UK. If you have symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting or have been in contact with someone who has had these symptoms, please refrain from visiting friends or relatives. This will help us prevent transmission of infection to both the patient you are seeing and other vulnerable patients on the ward.

The important things to remember are:

  • Do not visit the hospital if you have had diarrhoea and/or vomiting until two days after symptoms have stopped (even if these were mild symptoms).
  • Do not visit friends or relatives in hospital if you have recently been in contact with anyone who has diarrhoea and/or vomiting
    Always wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap.
  • If you or someone you care for needs medical advice call NHS111 or visit your local pharmacist (or phone your GP surgery if you need medical assistance).
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

Know what to do after a bump to the head

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This summer holiday, parents are offered advice on what to do in the event their child gets a head injury.

High Impact Pathways head injury

Health professionals in Mid and South Essex have worked together to create a guide for parents on what to do when a child has had a head injury. The guide outlines common symptoms after a head injury, what parents can do to help their children to recover and advice on when to seek medical attention.

Jane Foster-Taylor, Chief Nurse at NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group, says: “Bumps and scrapes when playing are very common. Most accidents are minor and can be treated at home with a first aid kit. The nature of head injuries means they are more worrying, but even these are usually minor. Our guide lets you know what to expect after a head injury and how you can help your child feel better.

“Bruising, minor cuts and a good deal of tears are all very common after a bump to the head. As long as your child is alert, speaking to you and otherwise acting as normal, then they should be fine. Keep an eye on them for the next 2-3 days. If your little ones are still in pain, you can also give them paracetamol or ibuprofen, as advised by a pharmacist.”

New mental health support in schools and colleges and faster access to NHS care in Thurrock

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primary children nhs

In 2017, the Government published its Green Paper for Transforming children and young people’s mental health, which detailed proposals for expanding access to mental health care for children and young people, building on the national NHS transformation programme which is already underway.

Its proposals were focused on providing additional support through schools and colleges and reducing waiting times for treatment. Following a 13-week public consultation, during which the Government received more than 2,700 responses, the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Education published its Response to the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Green Paper Consultation.

Supported by partners, NHS England is leading the delivery of two of the programme’s main commitments:

  • Establishing new Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs), which is jointly delivered with the Department for Education. MHSTs will develop models of early intervention on mild to moderate mental health and emotional wellbeing issues, such as anxiety, behavioural difficulties or friendship issues, as well as providing help to staff within a school and college setting. The teams will act as a link with local children and young people’s mental health services and be supervised by NHS staff;
  • Trialling a four-week waiting time for access to specialist NHS children and young people’s mental health services, building on the expansion of NHS services already underway.

NHS England is also supporting the Mental Health Services and Schools and Colleges Link Programme which will bring together education and mental health services under Clinical Commissioning Groups to forge joint working and ensure long-term collaboration. 

The Link Programme is a £9.3m national initiative led by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and funded by the Department for Education, which will be rolled out over four years. Every school, college and alternative provision will be trained through a series of workshops to pool their understanding and resources and to draw up long term plans, coordinated by Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The first Mental Health Support Teams were launched in 25 trailblazer areas announced in December 2018. These include 12 areas that are also testing a four-week waiting time. These MHSTs are expected to begin work by the end 2019. Thurrock CCG is one of the areas within Mid and South Essex STP to benefit from the Wave 1 funding.

A further 57 sites were confirmed in July 2019, with 123 Mental Health Support Teams to start work in those areas by the end of 2020.

NHS England & Improvement regional teams are leading local areas through this process. Further plans for the development of children and young people’s mental health care are detailed in the NHS Long-Term Plan.

For Thurrock in Thurrock Summer 2019 issue out now!

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Discover the latest news and updates on our plans to radically change health and social care services in Thurrock in the last edition of our newsletter, For Thurrock in Thurrock.

For Thurrock in Thurrock front cover summer 2019

The summer issue features a look at the Wellbeing Team in Chadwell and Tilbury and how they are delivering more personalised care and support, we also speak to Daniel, an Emergency Care Practitioner, and we take a look at end of life care and how to make sure people or at the centre of all care decisions.

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!

For Thurrock in Thurrock newsletter Issue 10 – Summer 2019

This issue of For Thurrock in Thurrock will be the last issue in the current format. We have been working closely with Thurrock based organisations under the banner Better Care Together Thurrock. This is an alliance of health and care organisations in Thurrock working on improving care and includes Thurrock Council, Healthwatch Thurrock, Thurrock CVS and Stronger Together Thurrock and others. Next time we speak to you about our joint work to improve care it will be under the name, Better Care Together Thurrock.

You can find out a little more about Better Care Together Thurrock by downloading the below information leaflet, which outlines some of the work currently being done under the Better Care Together Thurrock banner:

pdf Better Care Together leaflet - June 2019 (1.83 MB)