Statement: Dr Habib Zaidi

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Dr Habib ZaidiStatement from Dr Jose Garcia-Lobera, GP Chair, NHS Southend CCG  

'Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dr Zaidi's family at this devastating time. A hugely respected, selfless man who dedicated his life to helping others. Dr Zaidi will always be remembered for his significant contribution to local health services through his long career as a GP. His loss is deeply felt by his staff, fellow clinicians and the wider community. Our thoughts are with his family, who we hope, in time, can take comfort from the incredible legacy he has left behind.'  

Please note: we will not be commenting further


A statement from Public Health England can be found here

Coronavirus update: Hospital outpatient appointments and visiting arrangement

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In order to free up staff to help our response to coronavirus the hospitals in mid and south Essex (Basildon Hospital, Southend Hospital and Broomfield Hospital) are stopping all non-time critical outpatient appointments and x-rays, CT, MRI, ultrasound scans and nuclear medicine from Monday 23 March. They will also be reducing the number of routine operations and procedures over the next three weeks.

They will continue to provide outpatient appointments, scans and procedures for patients who need them urgently, for example patients with suspected or confirmed cancer. They will provide these initial outpatient consultations over the phone or by video link.

They will contact all patients affected by these changes over the next two weeks, by phone or letter, to confirm what they need to do. If you have an urgent query about your appointment please contact

Changes to visiting arrangements

For the safety of patients and staff, from 24 March visitors will not be permitted to enter Southend Hospital, Basildon Hospital or Broomfield Hospital.

The only exceptions will be:

  • Where a patient is receiving end-of-life care
  • A partner accompanying a woman in labour
  • Children's wards and neonatal units, one visitor per child


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Drop-in session for CCG merger proposals

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Following the launch of a discussion document inviting feedback on the proposals for NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Mid and South Essex to come together, we will be holding a public drop-in session on Thursday 5 March between 10am and 12pm at Audley Mills Education Centre, Rayleigh (2nd floor).

The session is a chance for our executive team to listen to local ideas, thoughts and concerns.  It is intentionally being held at the beginning of the process to that we can understand what matters to local people and give them the opportunity to ask any questions they have about the proposed merger and why we are doing it.

The proposed changes, set out in the document entitled called “Working Together for Mid and South Essex – Share your views on how NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups are proposing to work together,” look at how, we, as local NHS commissioning organisations can meet the requirements set out in the 2019 NHS Long Term Plan.  This Plan sets out a vision for commissioning and provision of services to be more integrated across the health and care system. The Plan also talks about developing Integrated Care Systems, with one commissioning organisation.

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Mental health practitioners working with homeless people and rough sleepers

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More than half of those sleeping on the streets live with a mental health problem, while those affected by homelessness die, on average, around 30 years earlier than the general population. Vulnerable rough sleepers can often face a ‘revolving door’ where they receive treatment and support, only to end up back on the streets.

This is why NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group, Southend Borough Council Integrated Commissioning team and HARP, Southend’s homeless charity, are working together to provide two new mental health practitioners working with those experiencing rough sleeping and homelessness over the winter months.