New figures show thousands “attend A&E unnecessarily”

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People living in south east Essex are being asked to think twice before visiting A&E - unless their condition is a genuine emergency. New figures suggest thousands of people who visit the A&E department each year did not require any treatment or medical investigation.

The figures, released today by NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), show more than three and a half thousand people attended A&E in the five months between April and August this year who did not require any treatment or medical investigation. This was 1,555 patients between April and June (7% of all attendances) and 2,044 patients between July and August (13% of all attendances).

Teenage and young persons cancer workshop

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16 24 Macmillan

Are you aged between 16 and 24 years and living with cancer?

We would like to invite you to come and share your experiences with us.

When? Saturday 18 November, 10am – 2pm

Where? Essex Cricket Ground, New Writtle Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0PG

Update from NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group

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NHS England Midlands and East (East) has made an application to place NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) into special measures. If approved, this will put additional support in place for the CCG to help make the improvements required.

NHS launches local consultation on IVF

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RESIDENTS of Southend-on-Sea are being asked for their views on whether or not the NHS should continue to fund specialist fertility services (IVF) for patients in the borough. A three month consultation is being launched today (26 July 2017) and residents can either complete a survey or attend one of a number of local workshops.

Make sure you’re protected against flu – get your jab now

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The NHS in south east Essex is reminding people to be on the lookout for invitations to get their flu jab if they’re in the ‘at-risk’ groups.

The invitation letters, from our local GPs, are being sent to adults aged over 65; those with long-term health conditions such as severe asthma or heart disease; carers; pregnant women; children aged two to eight and other at-risk groups.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people see their GP with flu-like symptoms and tens of thousands are hospitalised because of flu. In south east Essex 115,000 in at-risk groups are eligible for a free flu vaccination. Last year only 57% of the eligible individuals went for their vaccination.