By Dr Jose Garcia Lobera, chair of NHS Southend CCG
The health system across Southend is in a state of peaks and troughs. Some services, such as A&E, are being overused and as a result are under great pressure. Others, like our local pharmacists, are not being used enough and so have spare capacity. Local health partners, including the hospital and council, are working with us to ensure people are using local health services appropriately.
Keeping fit and healthy in pregnancy is important for your baby’s growth and development. The immune system is naturally lower during pregnancy, so should you catch the flu it can become serious very quickly. So, the NHS in south east Essex is encouraging all pregnant women to get a free flu vaccination this autumn/winter.