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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.

Latest News

Every year almost £2m worth of medicines go unused across mid Essex – help your NHS cut down on this waste

Every year almost £2m worth of medicines go unused across mid Essex – help your NHS cut down on this waste

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NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is launching a far-reaching new campaign which aims to save vital funds for health services by clamping down on wasted medicines.

Called “Your Medicines, Your NHS”, the year-long campaign is designed to raise awareness of the estimated £2 million worth of medicines wasted in Braintree District, Chelmsford City and Maldon District each year.

That funding, if not spent on medication that goes to waste, could pay for:

  • 566 new hips; or
  • 139 more chemotherapy courses for breast cancer; or
  • 61 more community nurses.

The easiest way we can do this is to make sure we ‘Open the Bag’ when a pharmacist gives us our prescribed medicines. That allows us to hand back anything we don't need – and medicines that have not yet left a pharmacy can be reused.

We should also make sure we order only the medicines we will use, as anything we return to a pharmacy after taking it home must be destroyed – even un-opened packs.

Data shows that around half the medication returned to pharmacies has not been opened, which means patients are ordering it but don’t even start to use it.

When patients keep stocks of medicines at home, there is also a safety risk. The medicines may be taken by somebody else, or by the patient without realising they are out of date or been stopped by the doctor.

Paula Wilkinson, Chief Pharmacist for Mid Essex CCG, said: “We are encouraging everyone to reduce medicines wastage. Things can change between putting in your request for repeat medicines and when you collect them. So play your part – ‘Open the Bag’ and hand back any medicines that you don’t need.

“Get involved by making a pledge to support the campaign or joining the conversation on social media using the hashtags #OpenTheBag and #MedicinesWaste.”

To pledge your support for the campaign simply download a pledge and share across Facebook, Twitter and or Instagram tagging @MidEssexCCG and using the hashtags #OpenTheBag and #MedicinesWaste.

 
 
 
 

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Change in non-emergency patient transport provider in mid Essex

Change in non-emergency patient transport provider in mid Essex

NHS Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) buys non-emergency patient transport to help patients living in the districts of Maldon, Braintree and the City of Chelmsford. A new provider, TASL will be taking over this service on 13 March 2019 until 31 March 2020, allowing for the future service to go through a full procurement for mid and south Essex as a whole. The contract of the current provider ERS Medical is due to end on 12 March 2019.

Non-emergency patient transport is an important service for those who cannot attend hospital, outpatient appointments, community clinics or get home after a hospital admission by other means. NHS-funded transport does not cover journeys to GPs, dentists, pharmacies and opticians.

Rachel Hearn, Director of Nursing, Acute Commissioning Team and Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We are working with ERS Medical and TASL to ensure a seamless transfer of services. Patients will still receive the same quality of service and the change in provider should have a minimal impact on users apart from a change in telephone number to book the service. You can find out more about the change by visiting our website, midessexccg.nhs.uk.”

Graham Briggs, Project Director for TASL said: “We have built a strong relationship with Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and look forward to supporting mid Essex patients as we deliver this vital service.”

From 13 March, patients can book using the TASL patient bookings line on: 0808 169 9614.

For any journey before the 13 March, patients should continue to contact the current provider, ERS Medical, on their bookings number: 0333 240 4999.

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