Cervical screening tests

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You may have read in the media that a re-screen is currently taking place of a number of cervical screening tests. This is because an issue was identified in the cervical screening lab service provided by Pathology First following a routine Public Health England Screening Quality Assurance visit in June 2017.

Click here to read a statement from Southend Hospital.

Specialist Fertility Services (IVF) Consultation in Southend

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Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) yesterday (1 February) approved a recommendation to revise its policy for funding specialist fertility services (including IVF) following a public consultation.

Starting immediately and until the policy is reviewed in February 2019, Southend CCG has decided to fund one round of specialist fertility services for residents under the age of 40, unless there are exceptional clinical cases.

Local residents urged to spot the signs of sepsis

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The NHS in south east Essex is launching a campaign with health and care professionals and the wider public to raise awareness of sepsis, the life-threatening condition which claims thousands of lives a year in the UK.

The campaign is principally aimed at parents and carers of young children aged 0-4 and will include a new film featuring a local mum, Sophie, from Leigh-on Sea, whose baby son George was diagnosed with sepsis at the end of last year (2017). Sophie shared her story on a popular Facebook forum called ‘8 out of 10 Mums’ and agreed to join forces with the local NHS to raise awareness of the condition.


New weekend GP service in Southend

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Weekend and bank holiday GP appointments are now available in Southend. Patients registered with a Southend GP practice can use this service, with appointments available from Southend Medical Centre and North Shoebury Surgery.           

The service will offer access to a GP between 10am and 3pm and a nurse between 10am and 2pm, every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday.  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 hubs on a Saturday, Sunday or bank holiday
    • Southend Medical Centre: 01702 333298
    • 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.

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.