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Sex is an important part of people’s lives and relationships. Therefore, it’s important that everyone is able to talk about sex and seek advice or help if they have any concerns.

Sexual health is all about enjoying the sexual activity you want without risking causing yourself or anyone else any suffering or harm. It is also about using contraception and avoiding sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - which are on the rise.

Making positive choices about contraception and sexual health is important, not just for your physical health but also for your general wellbeing.

Essex Sexual Health Service

Essex Sexual Health Service LogoThe Essex Sexual Health Service provides a free, confidential , non-judgemental service available to the people of Essex regardless of sex, age, ethnic origin and sexual orientation. The expertise of staff means everyone can expect appropriate, effective advice and care to benefit their sexual health.

Clinics are run by a team of doctors, nurses and support workers and offer the following services:

  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI's/STD's)
  • Free condom supplies
  • Pregnancy tests
  • All forms of contraception
  • Emergency contraception/morning after pill
  • General sex advice, counselling and support
The service can be accessed without a GP referral across a number of venues in Essex. All clinics are by appointment only and can be booked but calling the intellgeince centreon 0300 003 1212.

A discreet 'test at home' service is available 24 hours a day via SH:24 and offers STI testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis & HIV. Order your kit. 

Free condoms for young people

The E-C-Card scheme is a confidential service for young people providing access to FREE condoms from a network of distribution venues across Essex (excluding Southend). 

To be eligible for the scheme users must be aged 16 to 24 at the date of registration and a resident of Essex (excluding Southend). The App is available for Android and Apple iOS.

Following a simple, secure registration process users view three short videos and must complete a short quiz that tests understanding of the key information covered. Once completed users can search for a convenient distribution venue and collect their supply of free condoms when they visit with a quick scan of a QR Code.

Young people without access to a suitable smartphone or who would prefer to speak to a memner of the Essex Sexual Service can book an appointment by calling 0300 003 1212.

Please note: Sexual health services across Essex are commissioned by Essex County Council

Antibiotic Resistance

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Public Health England have launched a new national campaign, highlighting that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk of more severe or longer illness. To help keep antibiotics working you are urged to always take your doctors or nurse’s advice on antibiotics.

It is estimated that 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections and this figure is set to rise with experts predicting that in just over 30 years antibiotic resistance will kill more people than cancer and diabetes combined.

Antibiotics help ward off infections during chemotherapy, caesarean sections and other surgery. They also treat serious bacterial infections such as pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis, but they are being used for everyday viral infections, such as colds or flu, where they are not effective.

Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.

How to look after yourself and your family:

If you or a family member are feeling unwell, have a cold or flu and you haven't been prescribed antibiotics, here are some effective self care ways to help you feel better:

  • Ask your pharmacist to reccommend medicines to help with symptoms or pain
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Make sure you or your child drink enough to avoid feeling thirsty
  • Fever is a sign the body is fighting infection and usually gets better itself in most cases. You can use paracetamol if you or your child are uncomfortable as a result of a fever
  • Use a tissue for your nose and wash your hands frequently to avoid spreading your infection

Click here for further information on antibiotic use.

Antibiotic Guardian

Health professionals, patients, health leaders and those who work with, own or treat animals are being encouraged to visit the antibiotic guardian website and choose a pledge that they can fulfil and play their part in protecting some of our most precious medicines.

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NHS Service Health in Mind recognised nationally as a high-quality service

NHS Service Health in Mind recognised nationally as a high-quality service

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Health in Mind (Mid Essex IAPT) receives prestigious award of accreditation after being recognised nationally as a high-quality service.

The free, confidential NHS mental health service, which is available to residents aged 17 and over, has been accredited in the Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapy Services (APPTS) by the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Combined Committee for Accreditation.

Patrick Larsson, Deputy Clinical Lead for Health in Mind, said: “We are delighted with the accreditations. It reflects the hard work and commitment from the team to provide a robust and high quality service for our service users.”

He added: “The rigorous accreditation process lasted six month and we were asked to provide various pieces of evidence for the service we provide including direct feedback from people who have used our service.”

At the end of the successful accreditation process the service was commended on consistently meeting or exceeding both recovery and reliable improvement rates and the continuing momentum with service user involvement and participation.

To find out more about the Health in Mind service, visit www.northessexiapt.nhs.uk

 

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It's Dying Matters Week until Sunday. To help mark it, we've paid a visit to Chelmsford Crematorium for a chat about End of Life planning. 

Watch our video of newly qualified staff member Rubie explaining some of the things she and those who visit the Crematorium find important. 

 

 
 
 
 

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