Southend Hospital A&E pressures

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Southend University Hospital is currently on black alert due to a higher than usual number of acutely ill patients requiring a hospital bed. 

To assist us in dealing with the situation, we would like to remind members of the public to only visit the accident and emergency department if they are seriously unwell or critically injured.  Choking, chest pain, blacking out, blood loss and fractures are all considered emergencies, and those with symptoms like this should not hesitate to visit their local A&E department.

Thousands asked to Talk Health

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The Turning Tides Talking Health team take a #selfcareselfieVolunteers from the Turning Tides project are visiting thousands of households in Southend from today (Thursday 27 November) as part of a major push to reduce pressure on the borough's health services this winter.

Make your child flu safe with pain-free vaccine

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Children aged two, three and four years old across south east Essex will be offered the single dose nasal spray flu vaccine, Fluenz Tetra.

The needle-free vaccine is an alternative to the traditional injectable flu vaccine, which will continue to be offered to those aged 65 and over, pregnant women, carers and adults and babies (aged six months to two years) with a long-term medical condition.

Cold weather plan for England 2014

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Cold weather planWith winter looming think now how cold weather could affect you, and those around you. Practical things we can all do to minimise the risk to our health this winter, are spelled out in Public Health England's 2014 Cold Weather Plan.

It is estimated that every year there are more than 25,000 excess winter deaths in England, many of which are preventable. The plan, which is published by Public Health England, the Local Government Association and NHS England, offers advice that people can take, before and during the winter, to reduce the risks to health.