Celebrating Patient Safety

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Tuesday 17 September is the first ever World Patient Safety Day.

World Patient Safety Day is being organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to raise awareness of patient safety and to urge people to show their commitment to making healthcare safer.

To those of us who think about the safety and care of our patients every day, it might seem unusual to have a day specifically focused on World Patient Safety. But patient safety is now recognised as a large and growing global public health challenge where, according to WHO, patient harm due to adverse events is likely to be in the top 10 causes of death and disability in the world.

Patient safety is at the forefront of what the NHS does. Through education, improved hygiene and awareness raising we are reducing the number of hospital acquired infections, catheter urinary tract infections and falls by older and frail patients.

NHS Thurrock CCG and other NHS organisations are actively involved in raising awareness of the signs of sepsis, promoting Public Health England's campaigns and making sure staff are better informed and that patients showing symptoms are treated quickly.

The NHS is committed to patient safety and this summer launched the NHS patient safety strategy which underlines the need for continuous safety improvement underpinned by a safety culture and effective safety systems.

There is a safety syllabus and training as well as the requirement for all NHS organisations to identify a specialist to lead on patient safety, a new national incident management system and a safety improvement programme with the involvement of patients.

These are just some of the patient safety initiatives we are involved in. Let’s celebrate patient safety and make it much more than a one day a year initiative.

Autumn 2019 Issue of CCG Insight Out Now!

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We’ve released the latest edition of CCG Insight, a magazine packed full of information on healthcare in Thurrock plus details of the CCG's and our partners' work in the community.

Insight front autumn 2019

The autumn issue features:

  • The exciting news that some schools and South Essex College are to benefit from a new Mental Health Support Team which will support children and young people with mild and moderate mental health conditions;
  • A reminder of the importance of the flu vaccine as well as the busting of some common myths around the vaccine;
  • A close look at an exercise programme that is helping men to shed some weight while having fun playing football; and
  • The announcement that the plans for hospital services in the Mid and South Essex STP have been endorsed by the Health Secretary and what this will mean for healthcare in Thurrock.

You can find out more about all of these stories and more by clicking on the link below. We hope you enjoy reading it! Please feel free to share with friends, family members and colleagues.

  pdf CCG Insight – Autumn 2019 (issue 15) (4.25 MB)

Come along to our Annual General Meeting!

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NHS Thurrock CCG would like to invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 25 September 2019.

NHS Thurrock CCG Annual General Meeting invitation Wednesday 25 September 2019

During the meeting we will be taking a look back on some of the successes and highlights over the past year as well as discussing some next steps and future developments planned for the NHS in Thurrock.

The AGM will be taking place on:

Date: Wednesday 25 September 2019
Time: 10:00am – 10.45am
Venue: Orsett Hall Hotel, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett, RM16 3HS.

There will also be an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions at the end of the meeting.

To book your place, please contact the CCG by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01375 365 810. Please call during normal working hours (9am to 5pm).

Take care in the high temperatures this bank holiday weekend!

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Thurrock and much of England will be basking in high temperatures this bank holiday weekend, but it's important to take some basic steps to keep well in the sun.

summer temperature

Temperatures are likely to reach the high 20s this weekend and could rise even higher to become a record breaking late August bank holiday for England! 

There are things you can do to minimise the effect of the high temperatures. Make sure you do not burn when you are in the sun by wearing a sun screen that protects against UVA and UVB rays and keep hydrated throughout the day. Try to drink around eight glasses of water throughout the day and eat more cold food, particularly salads and fruit which contain water.

Plan your day in a way that allows you to stay out of the heat. If possible, avoid going out in the hottest part of the day (between 11am and 3pm). Stay in the coolest rooms in your home as much as possible.

Keep windows closed while it is cooler inside your house than outside and keep curtains closed to protect from the glare of the sun. You can use a fan to keep the air moving or, if your lucky, air conditioning to cool your house. It's best to open your windows after the sun goes down or very early in the morning when the temperature outside is cooler. If you are worried about security, only open windows on the first floor and above, or fit security locks that allow windows to be locked in an open position for ventilation.

Have regular showers or baths and splash yourself several times a day with cold water, particularly on your face and the back of your neck.

Get ready for the bank holiday – know what NHS services are open

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See our guide on what NHS services that will be available over the bank holiday (Monday 26 August).

NHS Services in Thurrock on August bank holiday weekend 2019

It’s not too long until the August bank holiday and how ever your planning to spent it, we hope you have a great time, but things don’t always go to plan. From hay fever to a sprained knee, we know that it is all too easy for you or someone you love to pick up a health concern. That’s why it’s so important to know where to go for help.

Many services are closed on bank holidays and those that are open may have different opening times. Our bank holiday guide sets out where and when you can get medical help on the August bank holiday.

There’s information on what pharmacies are open and when and a reminder that a GP will be on hand at Orsett Hospital’s Minor Injuries Unit. There will also be extra GP and nurse appointments at the Thurrock Health Hubs and even a physiotherapist at the Fobbing Hub!

There’s also contact information for services in Thurrock, including mental health services for adults and children and a 24-hour, emergency contact number for Samaritans for anyone feeling distressed.

For non-urgent health and social care enquiries you can contact Thurrock First on 01375 511000, open 365 days a year 7am - 7pm.

Click on the links below to download the guide and please feel free to share with friends and family:

pdf NHS Services in Thurrock on spring bank holiday weekend (25-27 May) 2019 (1.18 MB)

  pdf NHS Services in Thurrock on spring bank holiday weekend (25-27 May) 2019 – black and white (8.06 MB)