Living with diabetes? Manage your health online 24/7

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This World Diabetes Day (Tuesday 14 November), find out how GP online services can help people with diabetes.

There are currently 4 million people in the UK living with diabetes. GP online services provide patients – particularly those with long-term conditions, such as type 1 and type 2 diabetes – with a convenient way to better manage their health.

There's a few ways GP online can help. Having access to your GP records online can help you talk to the healthcare team about your individual needs. Also, being able to order repeat prescriptions and book appointments online has helped people to organise their daily lives.

David Calver, a patient living with diabetes, explained why he signed up for GP online services: “Initially, I signed up for a repeat prescription. However, I found the wider uses, such as booking appointments and seeing test results useful too, as you can look back at the history of them.

“Having a long-term condition such as diabetes means I need to make appointments with my GP practice. My surgery is very good at booking appointments when my review is due over the telephone, but now I have the ability to amend that date and time online. It is very convenient.”

NHS England has produced a video featuring David Calver, talking about his experiences of managing his diabetes and how GP online services have helped him.

Public Health England warns of the risks of taking antibiotics when you don’t need to

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Public Health England (PHE) has launched a national campaign, highlighting that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk of more severe or longer illness. To help keep antibiotics working you are urged to always take your doctor or nurse’s advice on antibiotics.

At least 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections and this figure is set to rise with experts predicting that in just over 30 years antibiotic resistance will kill more people than cancer and diabetes combined.

Antibiotics help ward off infections during chemotherapy, caesarean sections and other surgery. They also treat serious bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis, but they are being used for everyday viral infections, such as colds or flu, where they are not effective. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.

Nurses learn more about cardiothoracic services

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Nurses from other local hospitals were invited to find out more about the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) at a specially organised study day.

Sometimes patients admitted to neighbouring hospitals, including Southend, Broomfield and Colchester, need to be transferred to the CTC for specialist treatment or care.

Senior nurses on the CTC’s Chelmer ward who regularly liaise with colleagues in other hospitals, organised the study day as a way of educating and strengthening working relationships.

Liz Shaughnessy, senior sister and ward manager, said: “Over the last year CTC staff have visited our neighbouring hospitals where we receive our patients from, and we thought it would be nice to invite them here. It was a successful event, which will hopefully lead to closer working relationships and a better experience for the patients.”

The study day also included information about preparation of patients for their cardiothoracic procedure and explained the patient’s journey during their stay in the CTC.

Counter Terrorism Police launch campaign aimed at children and teenagers

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Counter Terrorism Police have launched a campaign aimed at 11 to 16 year-olds on what they should do in the unlikely event that they are caught in a gun or knife terror attack.

The campaign enlists a number of celebrities in a YouTube video to explain what you should do during an attack, including a warning that people should not wait around to take pictures and video on their phones.

The main messages of the campaign are to:

RUN if able to
HIDE if not
TELL police only when it is safe to do so, and
NOT to stop and use their phones until they are safely away from danger

Previous messaging has been aimed at adults, but following extensive research with children and young people, security experts from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) have created age-appropriate safety advice to engage and empower a younger audience. For more information on the campaign, click on the link below:

Counter Terrorism Police launch first ever campaign aimed at children and teenagers 

NaCTSO have also teamed up with other organisations such as the NSPCC, Childline, the Sun and Educate Against Hate, to help support parents who are understandably anxious about discussing such a topic with their children. For parental advice on talking to children about terrorism, click on the link below:

Supporting children worried about terrorism 

Essex residents urged to ‘#BeAVoice’ for victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery

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Essex Police has launched a campaign aimed at raising awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery.

The #BeAVoice campaign aims to raise awareness of modern slavery in Essex. Victims could be living or working nearby - often hidden and suffering behind closed doors.

Modern slavery includes people who are forced to work against their will or controlled by a so-called 'employer’ who uses mental or physical abuse or the threat of abuse. Alongside forced labour, modern day slavery also includes crimes such as sexual exploitation.

Victims commonly do not have control of their money and often owe large amounts to the abuser for housing, travel and food. They often feel as though they have no means of escape and are to scared or unable to seek help.

For more information, click the link below:

Essex residents urged to ‘#BeAVoice’ for victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery