Stop spread of winter vomiting bug with good hand hygiene

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Help us stop the spread of the winter vomiting bug; make sure your family follow recommended hand hygiene techniques, especially when visiting hospitals and care homes.

Winter months see the spread of colds, flu and sickness and diarrhea (norovirus) through touching surfaces as we go about our daily business, and then touching our mouths or food that we eat.

Adopting good hand hygiene reduces the risk of spreading illnesses, which is particularly important when we’re visiting friends or relatives in hospital; the elderly at their home or when we’re around very young children.

The best way to wash hands is with soap and warm water, paying attention to fingers, thumbs, under nails and wrists. Drying hands properly is just as important, as damp hands can harbour germs.

Don’t Let the Flu Be Your Festive Grinch this Christmas

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Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, the festive season is always busy with plans and meeting family. There’s always lists of things to do. But don’t let your Flu Vaccine drop off the list.


Flu vaccines, are a major defence in helping people with conditions like Asthma, Heart Disease and Diabetes, to stay well during winter. The CCG is working with Thurrock Council Public Health team, our GPs and providers to ensure that our residents get protected from flu before it’s too late!

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 year is no different with just over 47% of the eligible population having their vaccine.

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Dr Deshpande, GP in Thurrock and Chair at NHS Thurrock CCG said: "We know that for some there has been a slight delay in getting vaccines but we are now fully stocked and are able to help you get your vaccine.
“Vaccinations are free, relatively quick and painless and can prevent serious health complications. We are particularly making a plea for pregnant women, children aged 2-3 years and carers, as take up is low in these categories.”

A myth buster document is also available to view to allay any fears that might be preventing people from getting their flu jab. For example, for adults the vaccine does not give you flu, in fact experiencing a few light symptoms means the vaccine is doing its job!

If you care for someone who is in a vulnerable group you should be getting your flu vaccine. And remember, children are more likely to pass on to older relatives making it especially important for younger children to get their vaccine. Vaccines can also be accessed through your local pharmacy.

If you have been offered the flu vaccine by your GP, it’s because you need it, so make sure you take up the offer.

CaPa Cuppa Cupcake Chit Chat evening

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CaPa, a local Thurrock group made up of parents and carers of children and young people, invites parents of children with extra needs to their regular cuppa and cake evening.

The informal evening is a chance to meet other people who are also caring for children and young people with additional needs. The event takes place on the first Thursday of every month at the Marisco Hall, Chadwell, RM16 4LJ. 

For more information see the poster below:

CaPa poster


NHS Thurrock CCG Board Elections

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The CCG has begun the process of electing a new Board to start early next year.

The Board plays an important role in the directing the CCG to fulfil its plans and meet the challenges of the future. The election will be seeking to fill the roles of 9 GP Members and a Practice Manager Member (non-voting). One of the GP Members will also be chosen to serve as the Chair of NHS Thurrock CCG.

If you are a GP in Thurrock and would be interested in applying, you must complete your application by Friday 13 December. Applications will be assessed against the competencies detailed in the Personal Specification by an independent Appointment Panel constituted by the LMC.

Two election packs have been produced that outline the governance process for electing the Board, including the timescales for the election process. These can be downloaded on the LMC website here:
NHS Thurrock CCG Board Member Election

If you have any questions or would like any further support, please let us know by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

You Can Take Care And Be A #WinterHero this Self Care Week

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Health teams have got together with Livewell Essex to create a set of messages to help us help you this winter.

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Self Care Week, which runs from 18 November to 24 November, provides messages about how people can stay well, including recognising early triggers and symptoms of illness and taking action to prevent them getting worse.

Anne-Marie Ford, a Community Pharmacist in Stifford Clays, Thurrock said: “By covering your nose and mouth when it’s cold, particularly if you have COPD and Asthma, getting your flu vaccine, or asking your pharmacist for advice at the first sign of a cold or upset stomach, you can prevent worsening of your long-term condition and avoid visits to the GP Practice.

“We are asking people to #BeAWinterHero and do things to help themselves and people in their community. Essentially choose self-care for minor ailments and know where to get advice if you are worried about you or someone in your community.”

The strapline for this year’s Self Care Week is ‘Think Self Care For Life’ is all about making improvements in your life to protect your physical health and mental wellbeing.
Clinical Commissioning Groups are promoting all the ways you can self care including:

  • Keeping a medicine cabinet with essentials like, remedies for upset stomachs, rehydration powders, paracetamol and ibuprofen and cold and flu remedies to see you through any ailments.
  • Know how to prevent triggers for feeling unwell in the cold – like wrapping a scarf around your nose and mouth to prevent cold air from hitting the lungs.
  • Getting your free flu jab if you are under 65 and living with a long term condition, over 65, a carer, have children under 10.
  • Making your pharmacist the first port of call for minor ailments if you want advice or call 111.
  • Eat well and live well, taking regular exercise and getting plenty of rest.
  • Keeping an eye on more vulnerable members in the community and helping them get the right care if they seem cold or unwell or even just popping in for chat to prevent loneliness.