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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

How to contact the service

Telephone: 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 Surgey, 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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Mid Essex Childhood Health App

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 here:

         - The Google Play Store: https://t.co/yi8Sd0ILZC
         - The Apple app store: https://t.co/R06AE44D6t

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 Sheets 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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Start your journey to a Healthier You by preventing Type2 diabetes

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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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

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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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