New weekend GP service in Southend

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Weekend GP appointments will be available in Southend from 9th December 2017. All patients registered with a Southend GP practice will be able to use this service, with appointments available from Southend Medical Centre. Appointments from a second hub will be available to book from 23 December.          

The service will offer access to a GP between 10am and 3pm and a nurse between 10am and 2pm, every Saturday and Sunday.  Appointments need to be pre-booked, but they can be booked on the same day.

You can book appointments by:

  • Contacting your own GP practice during their regular hours and booking an appointment for the weekend hub
  • Phoning the hub on a Saturday or Sunday - Southend Medical Centre: 01702 333298 or, from 23 December, North Shoebury Surgery: 01702 297976.
  • Calling 111 during the out-of-hours period (6pm to 8am Monday to Friday and all day weekends)

The service is being delivered by a local GP federation, GP Heathcare Alliance, who has successfully run the weekend GP service across Castle Point and Rochford area, for the past two years. The service has been commissioned by Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), as part of plans to provide access to GP services 7 days a week, to everyone living in the locality.

This service will be available to patients from 9th December 2017, at Southend Medical Centre and also from 23rd December 2017, at the North Shoeburyness Surgery.

Breathe easy this winter – join in with #Scarfie

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Health professionals across mid and south Essex are encouraging people with respiratory conditions to stay well this winter by joining in with a new campaign #Scarfie launching this winter.

#Scarfie hopes to encourage people with Asthma, COPD and other respiratory illnesses to wear a scarf this winter to ease their breathing and keep well.

Open the door to self-care with local NHS advent calendar

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To help people in our area Live Well this Christmas and embrace self-care, health professionals across mid and south Essex are launching a video advent calendar. It’s aimed at raising awareness of key winter health risks and offers advice on local health services available over the Christmas period – as well as general self-care advice.

Join us from December 1st and open a new door on our advent calendar every to find out top tips on keeping warm in the cold weather, how to keep active, where to go if you’re feeling stressed or worried during the festive season and how to avoid giving the gift of a tummy bug by cooking the turkey correctly!

CCGs in mid and south Essex launch public consultation

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The five clinical commission groups in mid and south Essex have launched a formal public consultation on outline plans for the future of health and care services.

The 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.

Health & care organisations consider proposals for consultation

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Health and care organisations in partnership across mid and south Essex are considering proposals for public consultation at the end of this month on proposals for change in some hospital services.

Subject to the approval of the Joint Committee of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in mid and south Essex, the proposed changes would happen over the next two to five years. They form part of a plan to prepare for a continuing rise in the number of people who need health and care. These proposals build on the benefits from Southend, Broomfield and Basildon hospitals working together as one group to make the most of clinical talent, new treatments and technology and achieve better outcomes and quality of care for patients.

Feedback from the consultation will be considered by the Joint Committee in May 2018.