CCGs in mid and south Essex to decide on proposals for hospital changes

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The five clinical commissioning groups in mid and south Essex will meet on Friday 6 July 2018 to make decisions following the recent public consultation on proposed changes to hospital services across the area.The Joint Committee of the CCGs will consider recommendations based on the principles outlined in the consultation which include:

  • Making improvements in A&E at all three hospitals with the development of new assessment and treatment centres alongside each A&E. All three A&Es will be led by a consultant, open 24 hours a day and will receive “blue light” ambulances.

  • Develop a new specialist stroke centre which would provide the highest dependency and intensive care for people in the first 72 hours following a stroke alongside rapid access to diagnostics and specialist interventions. This would be in addition to the existing stroke care units at all three hospitals which would remain in place, with patients continuing to access their local A&E department if they had symptoms of a stroke, and receiving initial assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

  • Bring together in one place some specialist inpatient care where there is existing expertise and to allow for extended hours, seven day a week consultant and specialist cover for these services and improved outcomes for patients.

  • Separate some planned operations from emergency cases. For example, some complex orthopaedic operations that need a few days hospital stay could be performed in Southend Hospital for people in south Essex and Braintree Community Hospital for people in mid Essex. This would reduce cancelled operations and rates of infection by separating this type of care from emergency care.

  • Moving community services closer to where people live. For example in Thurrock the proposals outline how services currently provided at Orsett Hospital could be provided in four new “integrated medical centres” and existing and new facilities across Basildon and Brentwood.

Full details of the consultation and the outcome report can be found at

The meeting, which will be held in public, will take place from 2.30pm at the Chelmsford City Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Duke Street Chelmsford, CM1 1JE

If members of the public wish to attend they are advised to book ahead so that appropriate arrangements can be made, as admission will be on a first come, first served basis with priority given to those who have given advance notification.

Spaces (two per request) can be booked by emailing:
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The agenda for the meeting can be found at
As this is an extraordinary meeting of the CCG Joint Committee there will not be the opportunity for members of the public to speak on the day. Printed copies of the meeting papers will be available at the meeting.

All Together For Dementia – A Cupcake Day to Remember

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Health leaders, providers of dementia support, social work teams and a person with dementia got together on Cupcake Day to make a difference for people with dementia in south west Essex.

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On 14 June, a Cupcake sale was positioned in the Civic Offices, with many other sales across south west Essex, including; Alzheimer’s Society, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital, Brentwood Community Hospital, Basildon and Brentwood CCG,
Dementia Crisis Support Team, Essex Partnership University Trust Dementia Services, Midlands and Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, NELFT, Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Thurrock Council, Inclusion Thurrock.

Almost £1000 was raised across south west Essex to support Alzheimer’s Society and research into improving outcomes for people with Dementia.

Children in Care Council celebrate passport to health

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Healthcare leaders have launched a healthcare passport especially for children leaving care.

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From left to right: Paula Gregory, Designated Looked After Children’s Nurse; Linda Smart, Deputy Chief Nurse, Thurrock CCG; Gregg Brown, Open Door; Enita Chiwara, Looked After Children’s Nurse; Eugenia Luke; Specialist Looked After Children’s Nurse and Cllr Sue Little, Portfolio Holder for Children and Adults Social Care

The Health Passport is a new initiative brought about by the Children in Care Council and Open Door, who visited NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Board in 2017. They expressed a desire to know more about how local healthcare works and how they could feed in to plans.

During discussions the young people said it was difficult to navigate all the health care services they used, and the information they needed to be able to stay on top of their own healthcare was not always easy to find. It would be especially useful to help them take control of their healthcare when leaving care and going on to be independent.

In response to this Thurrock CCG offered to create a health passport to enable young people to take charge of their health and wellbeing on leaving care. This has been co-designed with young people as representatives of the Children in Care Council, the Designated Looked After Children’s Nurse and the CCG.

Red Bag 'packing' a difference for care home residents

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The red bag scheme or ‘hospital transfer pathway’ is a small change having a big impact by personalising hospital care for care home residents in south west Essex.

This simple patient focused initiative will improve the ambulance service handover to the hospital and will also assist to reduce A&E assessment times for the patient.

When a care home resident becomes unwell and requires hospital care, care home staff will pack a red bag which will have been personalised for the individual and will consist of standardised paperwork about the residents’ health care needs, a list of their medication, along with personal items, such as glasses, hearing aids, toiletries and day-of-discharge clothes and all will be transported to the hospital with the patient.

South west Essex has a high number of people living in care homes. Due to the complex and long-term nature of the health issues of many elderly care home residents, there are often frequent and sometimes sudden admissions to hospital.

NHS at 70 birthday party

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Join NHS Thurrock CCG as we celebrate the NHS’s 70th Birthday.

We will be holding a Bit 7Tea party on 12 July, to mark 70 years since the formation of the NHS. The day will be the perfect opportunity to share your memories of the NHS down the years either as a patient, an NHS worker or both.

Many of us haven’t known a world without the NHS. It’s been there from our birth and provides a helping hand though some of the most difficult periods of our lives. So share the love this July over a cuppa and cake. Everyone is welcome and there’s no need to book a place; just come alone to the Community House, Seabrooke rise, Grays, RM17 6DR on Thursday 12 July from 10am to 12pm.

There will be stands from, community, public health and other NHS providers across Thurrock, with an opportunity to test your health and find out how you can get involved in shaping your local health services.

Over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation. It has evolved to meet our needs but has always stayed true to its founding principle of free high quality health care for all.

Looking to the future, the NHS is becoming more integrated with social care, community and mental health and investing in new medicines, genetic research and digital technologies like apps and artificial intelligence, which will ensure we continue to live longer and healthier lives.

For more information about the national celebrations on 5 July, you can visit the NHS at 70 website: