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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

ESHS Logo Square Wht txt RGB JPGOn the 1st April 2016 Provide took responsibility for the delivery of a new Essex Sexual Health Service.

The 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) in-clinic and on-line
  • 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, with both walk-in and appointment options available between 8am - 8pm, Monday – Saturday. Walk in centres can often be busy and spaces are limited so please arrive early and allow plenty of time for your visit.

For more information, please visit the Essex Sexual Health Service website or call 0300 003 1212.

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

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The NHSLongTermPlan has been published, with a vision to make the NHS fit for the future

The NHSLongTermPlan has been published, with a vision to make the NHS fit for the future

Long Term Plan

The NHS Long Term Plan is the national health service’s plan to make sure it is fit for the future. It aims to give everyone the best start in life, will deliver world-class care for major health problems such as cancer and mental health, and will help people age well.

The plan, backed by extra investment, has been developed by people who know the NHS best – frontline health and care staff, patients and their families, and other experts – who will continue to shape how it is implemented across the country.

Over the next few months, the NHS in mid Essex will be working with patients, the public and partners - including local councils, the voluntary and community sector and social care – to develop local plans to turn the national ambitions contained in the Long Term Plan into real improvements to services and outcomes for patients, building on the progress we’ve already made together over the last few years.

Dr Anita Donley, OBE, independent chair of the Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership said: "We welcome the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan today and the priorities it contains. The plan is a helpful blueprint for change which reflects many of our own ambitions and the work we are already doing as a health and care partnership to shape our care for the future.

"Building on the conversations we are having with the public and our staff we now have the opportunity to shape what the NHS Long Term Plan means for our area, and how we can continue to improve the health and wellbeing of the communities we serve."

More details about opportunities to help shape our local plans will be shared shortly. In the meantime, to read a copy of the national plan and find out more visit www.longtermplan.nhs.uk.

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Patients urged to cancel appointments rather than just not show up

Baby with cancel GP appointment message

More than 15 million general practice appointments are being wasted each year because patients do not turn up and fail to warn surgeries that they will not be attending.

NHS England report that around 307 million sessions scheduled with GPs, nurses, therapists and other practice staff every year and 5% – one in twenty – are missed without enough notice to invite other patients. That works out as around 15.4 million missed slots.

In mid and south Essex more than 12,000 GP slots are wasted every month across due to people failing to show up to their GP appointments.

GP leaders say the missed appointments contribute to increased waiting times in practice and therefore could be contributing to people with minor illnesses going to local A&E departments for treatment.

ADVICE:

  • Make sure you make a note of your appointment either in a diary, calendar or on your smart phone and ideally set yourself a reminder
  • Register for online services, speak to your GP practice about how to do this – appointments can be easily cancelled at the touch of a button 24/7
  • Ask your GP practice if they have a text message reminder service

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups across mid and south Essex are working together to raise awareness of the impacts of missed appointments and to help educate local people about tools such as online GP services that help to make cancelling GP appointments easy.

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