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.

Lead Accountable Officer appointed for Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership CCG Joint Committee

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The Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) has confirmed the appointment of Caroline Rassell as the Lead Accountable Officer for the Joint Committee and Senior Responsible Officer for Local Health and Care.

Major programme launched across Essex for residents with learning disabilities

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Health and social care staff across the county have joined together to improve the life chances of people in Essex with a learning disability.

NHS England has nationally commissioned the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) programme to understand the circumstances leading to each death. The LeDeR programme was launched across Essex on Friday 1 September 2017, which will ensure a local review is held each time a resident with a learning disability dies. People with a learning disability are four times as likely to die of preventable causes compared with the general population.

Stay well this summer

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GPs in south east Essex are encouraging people to take care as temperatures rise over the summer and reminding them of the most appropriate places to go for treatment if they do become ill.

Summer conditions such as sunburn and dehydration can be easily prevented and treatment is available in south east Essex from health services that may be closer than you think.