Patient group raises concern about thousands of missed GP appointments

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Patients across Southend are being asked to help reduce pressure on GP practices by making sure they cancel their GP appointment if they no longer need it.

The request comes as the borough’s Patient Participation Group Forum has been investigating “Did Not Attend” (DNA) figures at each practice. DNAs are missed appointments.

Young People Take-Over Southend’s NHS

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NR201508 Take Over ChallengeA group of children from schools in Southend took over the local NHS for a day as part of the national Children's Commissioner's Takeover Challenge. The aim of the event is to put children in a decision-making role for the day in order for them to better understand how local organisations work.

Take care not antibiotics

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Local NHS leaders are reminding us all that we should use antibiotics only when they’re needed to keep them effective during the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week (16 to 22 November 2015).

Self Care Week: Make the most of your NHS

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Self care weekDuring Self Care Week (16 – 22 November) NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) wants to remind you why it’s important to choose well when accessing local health services, so that everyone can get the best out of the NHS.

It is important to make the most of the range of NHS services available to you and choose the right health service for your health needs.  There might even be something you can do for yourself first, especially when it comes to minor ailments or injuries such as, colic, flu, sprains or strains.

'Inspiring' Southend praised by England's mental health lead

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England's leading mental health director has praised Southend-on-Sea’s work on the issue, calling the borough “inspiring”.

Dr Geraldine Strathdee is NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Mental Health. She recently attended the South East Essex Mental Health Summit, which was organised by a number of partners including NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group and Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.