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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 Health Hubs

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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:

  • North Chelmsford Health Centre, Chelmsford
  • Mount Chambers Surgery, Braintree
  • Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery, Halstead
  • Blackwater Medical Centre, Maldon

Appointments are available*:

  • Monday to Friday: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays: 8:00am to 2:00pm

*Opening hours will vary between the practices.

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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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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