Advice for people with diabetes fasting for Ramadan

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Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is when Muslims devote themselves to their faith and fast from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan started on Sunday 05 May lasting until Tuesday 04 June and is obligatory for almost all Muslims.

Although certain groups are exempt for health and other reasons, some people with diabetes are keen to observe the fast, although the long daylight hours in the UK at this time of the year makes it a challenging time, even for those without medical conditions.

People living with diabetes who fast are at an increased risk of experiencing high and low blood glucose levels during Ramadan. People also need to be aware that there are changes to the body when fasting, so they may need to change when and how they take any medication that they rely on; so you are encouraged to speak to your community pharmacist for individual advice.

Personal Wheelchair Budgets

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Find out more about Personal Wheelchair Budgets (PWB) and what they can mean for you.

As part of national NHS plans for the wider expansion of personal health budgets, NHS Mid Essex, Thurrock and Basildon and Brentwood CCGs have developed a local personal wheelchair budget (PWB) agreement to replace the current wheelchair voucher system. A personal wheelchair budget is a resource available to increase people’s choice and control of wheelchair provision, either within NHS commissioned services or outside of NHS commissioned services. You are able to use this when your wheelchair is due to be changed, either every 5 years or less if your medical need has changed.

Breck's Last Game - major new grooming awareness project launches

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Essex Police launched a YouTube video to support all agencies in helping children and young people to recognise forms of online grooming. 

A major new project aimed at helping to protect boys from online grooming has been launched in Essex.

Breck’s Last Game is a film based on the real-life murder of 14 year-old Breck Bednar in Grays in February 2014 by Lewis Daynes.

The film, which will be rolled out in secondary schools across the county, highlights the risks of grooming to teenage boys and asks the question ‘Do you know who your online friends really are?’

Daynes ran an online server where Breck, and several of his friends, played games online and it was through this forum that Daynes groomed Breck over 13 months – telling him a series of lies, turning him against family and friends, and eventually luring him to his flat on the promise of handing over a fake business.

Through the use of avatars, the film captures the events leading up to Breck’s death and also features the real 999 call made to police by Daynes.

The project is the work of an innovative collaboration between four police forces – Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Essex and Surrey – and has been made with the active support of Breck’s mother Lorin LaFave, who appears in the film as herself.

If you are worried about your child or children you work with please visit our Safeguarding Children page for advice on where to report your concerns to.


Health services over Easter in Thurrock 2019

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Know the best place to get medical help in Thurrock this Easter with our NHS service guide.

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However you choose to spend your Easter bank holidays this year; whether you’re with family or friends; eating too much chocolate or spending the day at work, make sure you know where you can go for local health care.

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

There’s information on what pharmacies are open and when, a reminder that a GP will be on hand at Orsett Hospital’s Minor Injuries Unit, and details on extra GP and nurse appointments available at the Thurrock Health Hubs.

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:

Freestyle Libre on prescription

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Freestyle Libre, the glucose monitoring system, is to be made available to some Type 1 Diabetes patients across Mid and South Essex.

In March 2019, NHS England issued national guidance for funding of Flash Glucose Monitoring (using a sensor on the upper arm rather than finger prick test) for relevant diabetes patients. As a result, the NHS in mid and south Essex has reviewed local policy. If you are already under the care of the specialist diabetes team, they will discuss your eligibility at your next routine review.

If you meet the criteria you will receive FreeStyle Libre® funded by the NHS. If you are not under the care of the diabetes specialist team but you clearly meet those strict criteria, you will need to ask to be referred to the specialist team for assessment, and you will be seen at the next available routine appointment.

Patients who want to use (or continue using) FreeStyle Libre® but who do not meet the criteria for an NHS-funded system can buy it directly from the manufacturer by visiting or telephoning 0800 170 1177.

More information is provided in Frequently Asked Questions.