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Childhood Illness Workshops are back by popular demand

Parents across mid Essex are invited to a second phase of free NHS workshops aimed at providing information and advice about common childhood illnesses.

Feedback from the events showed that 100% of parents who attended would recommend the workshops to others with 86% scoring them between 8 and 10 (out of 10) for usefulness.

The first phase of workshops, run by local GPs and community pharmacists last November, aimed to help parents feel confident when dealing with common illnesses by talking through scenarios providing practical advice on what to do and when.

Comments from parents on the workshops included:

“Interactive and relaxed, opportunity to ask questions to a range of professionals”

“It was great that the workshop was interactive. The professionals were very human”

“Excellent opportunity to hear from a GP, Pharmacist and 111 staff about services they provide and the scenarios that could trigger their support”

As a result of this positive response, the CCG is running another series of workshops between 6th and 10th March 2017 and would like to invite local parents, grandparents and anyone caring for children aged 0 -11 to come along. The dates and venues are listed below:

Date Time Venue
Thursday
2nd March
12:45pm to 2:30pm Harlequin Children's Centre
Spa Road
Witham
CM8 1NA
Thursday
2nd March
7:00pm to 8:30pm Braintree Council Offices
Causeway House
Bocking End
Braintree
CM7 9HB
Monday
6th March
7:00pm to 8:30pm Marconi Social Club
Tydemans off Beehive Lane
Chelmsford
CM2 9FH
Tuesday
7th March
10:00am to 12:00pm   Chelmsford West Children's Centre  
Dixon Avenue
Chelmsford
CM1 2AQ
Wednesday   
8th March 
10:00am to 12:00pm Carousel Children's Centre
Chapel Hill
Braintree
CM7 3QZ

Dr Ahmed Mayet, Clinical Lead for Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (MECCG) and local GP in Witham, said:

“We want to help local parents and carers feel more in control and supported, which was why we were delighted to see so many engaged with the workshops in November.

“When a child falls ill, a lot of parents naturally become very anxious and unsure about what they should do or which health service to access.

“Through the workshops we want to empower parents to spot the signs of some of the more common childhood illnesses and what to do for help and support if they need it.”

To book your free place click here and select the preferred date.