End of life training for care home staff

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A major new training opportunity is being offered in Southend to advance end of life care in the borough’s care homes. NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Southend Borough Council are offering the full-funded Gold Standard Framework course to five homes.

Use your pharmacy and reduce pressure on GP appointments

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Health leaders in Southend say more GP appointments would be available for patients in the borough with a genuine need if local pharmacists were used more often for minor ailments. NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group and the Essex Local Pharmaceutical Committee both say a better use of pharmacists would reduce pressure on GPs.

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).