Patients with COPD to benefit from specialist app

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Patients living in Castle Point and Rochford and Southend will benefit from the roll out of a new health app called ‘myCOPD’ to support patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Heatwave Update

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The Met Office has issued a level 3 alert regarding a heatwave in the East of England.  This means 90% chance of going above 30 degree C in our locality.  Due to this, the NHS in south east Essex is urging people to look after themselves, act responsibility and use NHS services sensibly, during the heatwave this week: please think twice before heading to A&E or calling 999 when it’s not an emergency.

Heatwave advice

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The Met Office has issued a level 2 alert regarding a heatwave in the East of England. This means 80% chance of going above 30 degree C in our locality.

Tips for coping in hot weather

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler.

  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat.

  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).

  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.

  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.

  • Listen to alerts on the radio, TV and social media about keeping cool. 

  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need.

  • Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.

  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.

  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

Visit for more advice about keeping cool

Mid and South Essex STP Decision-Making Business Case (DMBC)

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The Joint Committee of mid and south Essex Clinical Commissioning Groups is meeting on 6 July 2018 and will make decisions on proposed changes to some hospital services, as set out in the STP public consultation Your Care in the Best Place. The proposed service changes would be across the three acute hospitals in mid and south Essex - Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Mid-Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust.