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Dementia Intensive Support Service (DISS)

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We are working with Essex County Council, voluntary groups, community providers and NHS partners on more integrated dementia care through the Dementia Intensive Support Service, or DISS.

This service is a one-stop mental and physical care for people across Braintree District, Chelmsford City and Maldon District who live with dementia offering both early intervention that can help people to stay in their own homes and crisis care if their condition deteriorates rapidly.

The DISS can support people who don’t have a dementia diagnosis – and while early signs of the condition can be mild, there are some you can watch out for if you’re concerned about a family member or friend.

Problems with memory

  • finding it hard to recall words, dates, names or recent events
  • finding it hard to follow a conversation
  • difficulty in making decisions and forgetting time or what day of the week it is
  • increased confusion, reduced concentration
  • personality or behaviour changes
  • loss of ability to do everyday task
To access this service call 01245 515 313.

 

Extended Access hubs for GP-led services

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Local residents registered with a GP practice in mid Essex can now access an appointment with a GP, nurse or healthcare assistant in the evening and on Saturday and Sunday thanks to the opening of extended access health hubs.

The hubs are located in the following practices:

  • Blackwater Medical Centre, Maldon (7 days a week and bank holidays)
  • Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery, Halstead (7 days a week and bank holidays)
  • North Chelmsford Health Centre, Chelmsford (7 days a week and bank holidays)
  • Douglas Grove, Witham (Saturdays only)
  • Greenwood Surgery, South Woodham Ferrers (Saturdays only)
  • Mount Chambers Surgery, Braintree (Sundays only)

Appointments are available*:

  • Monday to Friday: 6.30pm to 8pm (Maldon 9pm)
  • Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays: 8am to 2pm

*Opening hours may vary between the hubs

Extended Access hubs offer most NHS services that your own GP practice would, including NHS health checks and smear tests. More information is available here:  pdf Extended Access patient FAQ (180 KB)

To book an appointment, you should call your own GP practice during normal working hours or NHS111 out of hours. To cancel an appointment out of hours please call 07384 579474.

 

Childhood Illnesses

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Parents and carers across mid Essex can now find NHS advice at their fingertips to help look after their children’s health.

The free Mid Essex Child Health app is designed to help parents and carers of children aged from birth to 11 years recognise when their child is unwell; offering handy advice on some of the most common childhood illnesses and where to seek further treatment, including information signposting to the relevant local services.

The app is available for download on smartphones and tablets from the Google Play Store and the Apple app store by searching ‘Mid Essex Child Health’.

You can also download the app by clicking on one of the below buttons:

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Conditions covered within the app include:

  • Coughs, colds and flu
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Chicken pox and measles
  • Earache and tonsillitis
  • Wheezing and breathing difficulties including bronchiolitis and asthma
  • Headlice, threadworms
  • Bumps, bruises and accidents

Information on mental health and wellbeing, healthy lifestyles and advice on some more serious conditions like meningitis and sepsis are also covered. There’s also a handy section on when you should keep your child home from school.

The Childhood Illness app is also available in a booklet form which you can download by clicking the link below.

pdf Mid Essex Common Childhood Illness and Wellbeing Handbook (4.73 MB)

Information guides for parents

NHS organisations in Mid and South Essex have come together to provide a guide to three common childhood health issues that parents can use to self-treat, visit their GP, or call NHS111 and know what to do in an emergency. The three illnesses are:

The Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme

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Did you know that more than 200,000 people are diagnosed with Type2 diabetes every year – and that means the risk of serious health complications and early death? Modern life can make it hard to be healthy but for many people Type2 diabetes can be prevented by making small lifestyle changes.

Here in Essex the Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme is a free education course for those who are at high risk of developing Type2 diabetes – also known as pre-diabetic. It is estimated that across mid and south Essex alone at least 25,000 people are at risk of developing the condition.

High risk groups include people who are overweight, people from South Asian, African-Caribbean or Black African descent and men over 40. You may also be at risk if you have a family history of diabetes or have ever had high blood pressure.

Through the prevention programme you will receive support to make positive changes to your diet, weight and physical activity to significantly reduce your chance of developing the condition.

Watch the below video on for more information on how the programme is already helping people across Essex.

 

You can find out if you are at risk of developing Type2 diabetes by:

  • Answering a few questions on the ‘Know Your Risk’ tool
  • Taking up the offer of a free NHS Health Check - more info here.
  • Asking your GP or Practice Nurse to check your risk

If you have been told you are at risk of diabetes and meet the criteria for the prevention programme ask your GP or Practice Nurse to refer you.

If you are not identified as being at risk but would still like to make lifestyle changes to improve your health then why not check out the Essex Lifestyle Service – a free service for anyone over the age of 16.

pdf NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in Essex (514 KB)

 

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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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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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