For Thurrock in Thurrock summer edition out now!

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Find out the latest news and updates on our plans to radically change health and social care services in Thurrock in our latest edition of For Thurrock in Thurrock.

For Thurrock front cover summer 2018

Public involvement is vital to all the decisions we make around health and care in Thurrock. That’s why Thurrock CCG and Thurrock Council work together to produce regular updates through our For Thurrock in Thurrock newsletter.

The latest issue of our newsletter features the exciting news that two new weight management courses have just begun in Thurrock, a look the fascinating role of pharmacists in general practice and how they can support the wider primary care team and the success of the social prescribing programme which has been rolled out to more practices in Thurrock.

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!

pdf For Thurrock in Thurrock newsletter Issue 7 - Summer 2018 (1.45 MB)

Find your own way to being more active

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It’s ok to hate exercise, say physiotherapists in a provocative new public health campaign.

Hours at a gym or long distance running on the road aren’t for everyone. But people must still find other ways to be active and challenge their body through activities like dancing, gardening and even playing the drums, argues the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

‘Love Activity, Hate Exercise?’ explores the strong emotions evoked by the word ‘exercise’ after focus groups with patients and physiotherapists found many people with long-term conditions want to be more active but are put off by the thought of exercise.

Whether it’s memories of not getting picked to be on the school football team, concern about discomfort, worrying what you’re going to look like or simply not knowing where to start, exercise can be a daunting prospect for some of us.

However if you are living with a long-term condition and the symptoms that come with it, such as fatigue and reduced mobility, it can feel like an impossibility.

It’s unsurprising therefore that in a poll of people aged 40-70 with conditions such as arthritis, asthma and heart disease, nearly a third (31%) reported that they were totally inactive each week.

The CSP says physiotherapists across the UK have great potential to help these people to become more active by identifying the barriers at play and giving people the expert advice and confidence to try new activities, whatever their physical condition might be.

South West Essex launching my mhealth App for patients

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Thurrock CCG and Basildon & Brentwood CCG are providing licenses for the use of a health app myCOPD to support patients with long-term conditions, and the clinicians who care for them.

The CCGs in partnership with the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT), will use myCOPD developed by a company called my mhealth to help patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

This specialist app, funded by NHS England’s Technology Tarrif provides the most up to date advice on COPD and how to manage it well. It is currently the only app approved by the NHS on the new NHS App store, and allows patients to:

  • Perfect their inhaler technique with inhaler videos
  • Get expert education on their condition
  • Complete online pulmonary rehabilitation in their own home

The app has been developed with clinicians and is offered to patients via their NELFT Respiratory team. One patient who has been using the App since June said:

Diabetes education course - S.W.E.E.T

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Laurence and Clarissa from the S.W.E.E.T team

Thurrock CCG has teamed up with the Community Diabetes Team at NELFT to offer a training programme called: S.W.E.E.T (South West Essex Education and Training). The 3 hour, one off session helps you manage and cope with your diabetes (either Type 1 or 2) and improve long-term outcomes.

Group education is an essential part of your care. Find out how your medications work, what diet is best for you, and what actually is happening in the body with diabetes.

Dr Anjan Bose, a GP, Tutor and Diabetes Lead for Thurrock said: “We know from evidence that when people attend these group sessions, they feel more empowered to be able to manage their diabetes. Good self-management means better long-term health, with fewer complications. Being with a group of people who have the same condition can also be very liberating.

“Remember, good education and self-management is just as important as taking your medication.”

Sessions are held at various locations in Thurrock including Corringham Fire Station, South Ockendon Centre, Stifford Clays Medical Centre and St John’s Church in Grays. These sessions are relaxed, enjoyable and informative and the Diabetes Team encourages attendance. Call 0300 300 1509 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to refer yourself today!

In addition to the courses, Thurrock CCG is encouraging people with diabetes to join the Thurrock Diabetes Support Group. This group will have organised meetings and speakers as well as a chance for people to make new friends and find support. Those interested in joining should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01375 365 810.

S.W.E.E.T referral form

document SWEET diabetes education referral form (77 KB)

pdf SWEET Education poster (235 KB)


Important: Heatwave advice

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The NHS in Thurrock is urging people to look after themselves, act responsibility and use NHS services sensibly, during the heatwave this week: please think twice before heading to A&E or calling 999 when it’s not an emergency.

Here are some top tips to keep well during the heatwave:

  • If you need urgent medical care when your GP surgery is closed, call NHS 111 and they will make sure you receive the advice and care you need
  • Keep hydrated – if you’re feeling thirsty, lightheaded, dizzy or tired, you may be dehydrated. Make sure you have plenty of non-alcoholic cold drinks available and drink enough so that your pee is a pale clear colour. For more on Dehydration:
  • Take early action – seek advice from your local pharmacy if you have a long term health condition and are starting to feel unwell before it gets more serious. Further advice can be found at:
  • Use Emergency Services wisely – please only call 999 when it’s a serious injury or a life threatening situation such as unconsciousness, heavy loss of blood, severe chest pain or stroke
  • Drink alcohol sensibly – intersperse your alcoholic drinks with water and stick to safe levels

If you're planning to go out and enjoy the fine weather, makesure you take these simple measures to keep you and your family safe and prepared during the hot and sunny weather. Don’t forget NHS 111 can organise an out of hour GP appointment when needed.

For more on staying well during hot weather, visit: