GP appointments at evenings, weekends and Easter bank holidays

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Local residents are accessing more evening and weekend appointments with a GP, nurse or healthcare assistant at more convenient times when they call their local practice.

In the period covering April 2018 until March 2019 91% of available weekend and evening appointments were booked in Castle Point and Rochford and 85% of available weekend and evening appointments were booked in Southend. This means an extra 13,586 appointments booked at evenings and weekends in Castle Point and Rochford and an extra 12,322 appointments in Southend locality.

Local NHS urges more people to get screened for Bowel Cancer

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NHS Southend and NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Groups will be supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month throughout April to encourage more people to be screened.

The latest figures available from Public Health England’s (PHE) show Southend-on-Sea at 53.9% of eligible people being screened (figure for 2018). This is below the regional average (60.0%) and below the national average (59.0%). PHE data shows it is 59.9% for CP&R (figure for 2018). Both these figures have remained similar for each of the last four years. This is thought to be due partly to a reluctance to follow the faecal testing process.

Diabetes Prevention Week supported by local NHS

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Locally in Castle Point and Rochford nearly 10,000 patients are registered as Type 2 Diabetic. In Southend the figure is just over 8,500 according to the National Diabetes Audit 2017/18. This is why NHS Castle Point and Rochford and NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group is supporting Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week (1 – 7 April 2019).

Local NHS raises awareness of good nutrition and hydration for wellbeing

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NHS Southend and NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) are supporting a national campaign to raise awareness of the importance of good nutrition and hydration care.

Nutrition and Hydration Week runs from 11-17 March and is a campaign of joint action by Hospital Caterers Association, National Association of Care Catering and NHS England to improve awareness of good nutrition and hydration for patients in health and social care.

Winter Heroes

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Winter Heroes

Who do you know who has gone the extra mile to provide exceptional care this winter?

From 4 to 10 March we will be holding the first Winter Heroes Week and it is your chance to give a little back by saying thank you. It gives everyone in mid and south Essex the chance to acknowledge NHS health and social care, council or voluntary sector staff that have been their heroes this winter. Patients, their friends and families, work colleagues and professional peers can all nominate their personal heroes.