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Please note that the Mid and South Essex STP meeting in Maldon tonight has be been cancelled.

Due to the adverse weather the Plume Academy is closed  and we are unable to hold the event. We will seek to reschedule so please keep an eye on our website and social media.

Sincere apologies to anyone planning to attend.

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Weight Management

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Anglian Community Enterprise Lifestyle offer information on a range of services designed to promote health and wellbeing to residents in mid Essex. There are a range of services for adults and young people to help you better manage your weight and to suit your needs. The programmes are free and you can refer yourself.

My Weight Matters

My Weight Matters is a 1:1 weight management programme which takes place weekly in convenient community locations across mid Essex. The programme is avaliable free to people registered with a local NHS GP Practice and suitable for people who prefer an approach tailored to the individual. Longer term support is also avaliable, giving you the option to attend for weigh-in and motivational support.

The programme lasts for 12 weeks after this you can continue to drop in and share your progress towards a healthier lifestyle until you reach your target weight loss.

Under 18's

C.H.I.M.P.S (Child Health Improvement Sessions) is a free, informative and supporting programme for children at primary school and their families. C.H.I.M.P.S caters for children above a healthy BMI for their age.

For older children there is D.E.A.L (Diet Exercise and Lifestyle). This is a free, informative and supportive programme for children at secondary school and their families.

Both programmes cater for children who are above the healthy BMI for their age.

To access one of the above services call 0800 022 4524 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm).

 

Please note: All Tier 2 weight management services are funded by Essex County Council

Sepsis

Sepsis leaflet

Sepsis: act quickly if you suspect a child may be suffering from sepsis

A sepsis campaign has been launched to help parents spot the symptoms to protect young children and save lives. Sepsis is a rare but serious complication of any infection.

Parents of children aged 0-4 are encouraged to take immediate action by going to A&E immediately or calling 999 if they spot any of the following symptoms: 

  • Looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Is breathing very fast
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Has a fit or convulsion

Acting quickly can save a child’s life!

For more information visit nhs.uk/sepsis or sepsistrust.org.

pdf Sepsis Leaflet (2.90 MB)

pdf Sepsis Poster (2.29 MB)

Essex Lifestyle Service

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The Essex Lifestyle Service was commissioned by Essex County Council from 1st April 2016 to deliver health and wellbeing services for the county of Essex (excluding Southend and Thurrock). Services include:

Health & Wellbeing Services

The service offers Stop Smoking support, guidance on diet and exercise and help to improve your self-esteem. The service also offers classes to support people suffering with Long Term Conditions. In addition to the services provided, they can signpost people to appropriate support provided by partner organisations. See below for more information on each of the core services Essex Lifestyle Service offer.

Smoking cessation

Many smokers who want to quit aren’t sure where to turn, but getting advice and support from our friendly expert team will mean you are up to 4 times more likely to quit for good.

The service provides a free programme offering a maximum prescription of either 12 weeks Champix medication or 8 weeks nicotine replacement therapy, as appropriate. Your stop smoking adviser will support your attempt to quit for up to 6 sessions, on either a one-to-one community based programme, via telephone support or through our stop smoking app. Your advisor will offer behavioural and motivational support throughout the process and will assist you to reduce your reliance on the medication using a “weaning off” process.

Healthy eating support

The service support people on an individual basis, establishing what works for them and supporting them to reach their goals. The team give advice on food groups, portion sizes, food package labelling and physical activity. Eating healthily can help to reduce high blood pressure, cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.

Physical activity

Physical activity is a crucial part of health & wellbeing. In infants, it encourages use of muscles & helps to develop motor skills. It also helps to build social & emotional bonds. It improves cognitive development & enhances bone & muscular development. It also contributes to a healthy weight. For adults, being physically active can help with self-esteem, mood and contribute towards a healthy weight. It also helps reduce the risk of dementia.

The team will work with you to develop physical activity targets considering your health and any restrictions to your movement.

Long term condition support

Many people suffer with Long Term Conditions (a health problem that cannot be cured but can usually be controlled by medication and other therapies). Long Term Conditions can affect many parts of a person’s life, from their ability to work and have relationships, to housing and education opportunities.

Examples of Long Term Conditions include – high blood pressure, depression, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and arthritis. Provide offer Managing Health Courses for people living with Long Term Conditions. The course aims to help them take control of their health by learning new skills to help manage their condition better on a daily basis. The course covers many issues and topics faced daily including – Dealing with pain and extreme tiredness, coping with feelings of depression, relaxation techniques and exercise, communication with family, friends and health professionals and planning for the future.

Workplace Health

This free programme delivers health promotion advice and support services to small, medium and large workplaces in the private, public and voluntary sectors across Essex. We will work with your organisation to promote and foster an environment of health and wellbeing. We will train your staff to become Workplace Health Champions who will deliver a range of healthy lifestyle programmes and activities.

We work in partnership with a wide range of local employers and business support agencies including: local Councils, Hospital Trusts, Community Health Providers, Walking for Health, the British Heart Foundation, Diabetes groups and MacMillan Cancer Care, Active Essex and Living Safe and Well Board.

Social Prescribing

Social prescribing is helping people to make a positive change to their lives by linking them to voluntary and community groups and services that will help them to increase their confidence, meet new people and improve their general health and wellbeing. With Essex Lifestyle Service working with initiatives such as Essex Connects and Live Well in social prescribing, we can ensure that our clients will receive the services that will support them to make good lifestyle choices and maximise their emotional, practical and social wellbeing.

Accessing the Lifestyle Service

People can self-refer to the service by contacting the team on the details below. Clinics are held at various locations across the county, the team are also able to offer telephone appointments for those unable to attend a clinic.

To access this service call 0300 303 9988 (Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm).

 

For more infomation view the Essex Lifestyle Service website. 

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All ears - living with hearing loss

All ears - living with hearing loss

A free to attend All Ears, Living with Hearing Loss event will take place at Christ Church, Chelmsford on Thursday 14th February from 2.30pm-4.30pm, inviting people with hearing loss and who wear NHS hearing aids to attend.

The informative session will cover living with and managing hearing loss, acclimatising to wearing hearing aids, lots of useful advice and tips, practical advice, assistive equipment, the latest advancements in technology and the wide range of support services that are available.

People who are new to NHS hearing aids will find it particularly beneficial, though established users, friends and carer’s are welcome to attend and find out more.

The event, delivered by Hearing Help Essex, a Chelmsford based charity, supports many people in Essex living with acquired hearing loss, to help alleviate the loneliness and isolation it can bring. Hearing loss impacts on people’s lives in all sorts of ways, with practical, social and emotional challenges being faced on a daily basis.

Places are free and must be booked in advance. Phone: 01245 496347, Text 07950 406173 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Further events are planned throughout 2019, so if you are unable to make the 14th, there will be repeat sessions run on 16th May 2019 and 19th September 2019.

Hearing Help Essex are pleased to provide the following services for the residents of Essex living with hearing loss:

  • Information, advice, and guidance sessions
  • A Hearing Aid Support Service is open to NHS Hearing Aid User’s needing help with re-tubing and routine maintenance.
  • Hearing Aid Batteries: Users of NHS Hearing Aids can obtain new supplies of hearing aid batteries from Libraries across the county, available daily at Reception Desks, on presentation of NHS Audiology Record Book, or new style card as proof.

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Think you need medical help right now? NHS 111 is now available online

Think you need medical help right now? NHS 111 is now available online

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Residents across mid Essex now have access to NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk, as well as over the phone.

Just like the phone service, NHS 111 online takes you through questions about your symptoms to receive tailored advice on what to do next and where to go, and if necessary, can arrange for you to speak to a healthcare professional.

You can access NHS 111 online on a smartphone, tablet or computer - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – and if needed you will be connected to a nurse, emergency dentist or GP.

This new way to access NHS 111 provides you with another convenient way to get the right help or advice when you need it.

Whether over the phone or online, NHS 111 will ensure that you get the right care, from the right person, as quickly as possible.

So, if you think you need urgent medical help, call NHS 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk. ‘Help Us Help You’ know what to do.

 

 
 
 
 

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