Winter 2018 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.

The winter issue features the launch of a consultation into NHS services across mid and south Essex. The Your Care in the Best Place consultation shares plans for the future of NHS services with a particular focus on hospital services at Southend, Basildon and Broomfield Hospitals. The consultation also proposes to transfer of services from Orsett Hospital into new centres that will be located across Thurrock, and for Basildon and Brentwood residents some services will be offered in that area too. Under these plans, Orsett Hospital would only close after all four centres open.

There’s also exciting news from the Thurrock Health Hubs, which are now open seven days a week (7pm – 9pm weekdays and 9am and 12pm weekends), and updates on innovative changes in general practice, including specialist therapists who will be working with diabetes patients who are struggling to cope with their condition.

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 - Winter 2018 (issue 10) (1.87 MB)

Extra GP and nurse appointments in Thurrock’s Health Hubs

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The Thurrock Health Hubs will be providing a continuous, seven-day a week GP and primary care nurse service for the people of Thurrock.

Everyone who is registered with a GP practice in Thurrock will be able to book an appointment at one of the hubs at the weekend (9.00am-12.00 noon) and also in the evening on weekdays. Appointments will be available for both GPs and practice nurses from 7pm to 9pm Monday to Friday.

The expansion of the hub service means that out-of-hours GP services will be more accessible to people across the whole of Thurrock. See the tables below for more times and locations:

Having trouble getting your medication lately? Here’s why…

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There are an unusually high number of common medicines that are currently in short supply at the moment.

Shortages can be caused for many reasons, but are usually short term with the product returning to stock within four weeks. There are a smaller number of medicines where there is a long standing problem. These shortages can last for months and, in some cases even a year or more, although this is very rare.

Stock shortages cause problems for pharmacists, GPs, patients and the NHS as a whole:

Community pharmacies – Shortages inevitably lead to increased time spent in finding available stock, helping prescribers to find similar products and explaining to patients. Shortages can also have an effect on relationships as sometimes patients believe the problem is with the pharmacy ordering system rather than a national problem.

GPs – Patients will often go back to the GP to get an alternative product if they have been told it is out of stock. This increases GP workload as they may need to contact their local pharmacist to see what is available and then issue another prescription. Again, it can affect relationships as patients think that GPs should know what is not available but as the situation often changes, this is not always possible.

Patients – stock shortages can lead to delays in patient care and can result in increased visits to pharmacies to collect medicines if the pharmacy has had to ‘owe’ medication. It can also cause worry if a patient relies on their medicine.

NHS – shortages can be very costly to the NHS as there is often increased costs in finding alternatives. If a patient cannot get their medicines it may result in their condition getting worse.

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CCGs in mid and south Essex to decide on consultation

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The Joint Committee of the five clinical commissioning groups are set to consider proposals for public consultation at the end of this month on the future of health and care services across mid and south Essex.

These proposals are a result of detailed work undertaken by clinical teams across health and care organisations to improve the services provided to the 1.2 million people living in mid and south Essex.

A detailed pre-consultation business case and a plan for a period of public consultation will be considered and have been published in draft (will be available at the follwoing web address shortly: These will be discussed at a meeting to be held on the 29th November 2017 in the Marconi Suite, Civic Centre, Duke Street, Chelmsford at 3pm.

The Joint Committee will be asked to give approval to commence consultation on these proposals, which include:

  • Improvements in A&E at all three hospitals with the development of four 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. They will be able to treat the majority of cases. It is estimated that the number of patients that would need to transfer from a local A&E to a specialist team in another hospital could be around 14 patients a day.
  • A new “hyper acute stroke unit” close to the existing cardiothoracic centre in Basildon, which specialises in treatments for serious heart and lung problems. The new unit would provide the highest dependency and intensive care for people that have had a stroke in the first 72 hours following a stroke. This would be in addition to the existing stroke care units at all three hospitals which would remain in place.
  • Some specialist inpatient care being brought together in one place, where there is existing expertise and to allow for extended hours, seven day a week consultant and specialist cover for these services. This is based clinical evidence that this would improve care and chances of a making a good recovery. Examples include gynaecological surgery at Southend Hospital, urological surgery at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford and surgery for arteries and veins at Basildon Hospital.
  • Some planned operations being done separately from emergency cases. Some complex 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.
  • Move 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 community centres in Basildon and Brentwood. Once this has happened it will be possible to close Orsett Hospital which is difficult to access by public transport and needs significant investment to bring up to modern standard.

Thurrock community wraps up for Self Care Week

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Organisations including Thurrock Council, Thurrock CCG and Thurrock CVS, St Margaret’s Church in Stanford le Hope and Thurrock’s Community Hub in Chadwell have got together to wrap local areas across Thurrock for Self Care Week.

Groups were invited to knit or bring scarves to wrap around their nose and mouth to keep cold air out and keep warm. Self Care Week runs from 13-19th November and was set up to help empower people to find ways of keeping themselves healthy and warm this winter.

Jane Foster-Taylor, Chief Nurse for Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“This is a fun way of getting people together to raise awareness of how we can all help ourselves to stay well this winter. We are bringing the community together for a simple message.”

This Thursday 16 November at 4pm, Thurrock Council staff, CCG Staff, Thurrock CVS, Healthwatch and students from South Essex College will all join together to wrap around the council building in Grays.