From 30 June 2022, this website will not be updated

For the latest local health and care information, visit the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board (ICB) website.

From 1 July 2022, Clinical Commissioning Groups will cease to exist.

Commissioning functions and information that has previously been held by West Essex CCG is transferring to the new NHS Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB. Hertfordshire and West Essex ICB will become the new data controller. Contact us if you have any questions about the use of data (including patient data) by the new ICB. There are no changes to how you access NHS frontline services in west Essex as part of these changes.


Healthy Minds (West Essex) Working together to improve mental health in Essex

Healthy Minds (West Essex) Working together to improve mental health in Essex

Are you finding it difficult to cope? It’s normal to feel stressed, anxious or low in mood. One in four people will experience problems with their mental health during their lives. It’s important to remember if you are struggling that help is available.

Support available in west Essex includes:

Healthy Minds (West Essex IAPT)

Talking Therapies
Healthy Minds continue to provide free support for adults with common mental health problems. They offer a range of innovative digital, video and telephone based talking therapies which you can conveniently access remotely. During treatment sessions they will share practical techniques in a supporting environment which can help you to boost your wellbeing, relax, manage worry, improve sleep and manage stressful situations.

Treatment options are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is a structured therapy where you will set goals you want to reach and work on changes you can make to patterns of thoughts and behaviours to help you attain your goals. Appointment times are flexible and digital platforms can be accessed 24/7.

This FREE service is available to all patients registered with a GP practice in west Essex (Harlow, Epping Forest and Uttlesford) and is open to people aged 14 and over.

If you think you would benefit from this service the first step is to talk to Healthy Minds to find out how they can best help you. You can self-refer to Healthy Minds without seeing your GP by visiting:

A range of self-help resources and guides to support your mental health and wellbeing are available for free on the Healthy Minds website:


Online Mental Health Support
If you are looking for extra support with your mental health you can log on to SilverCloud - a free secure online self-help programme that is proven to help with anxiety, stress and depression. The programme consists of informative and interactive modules which you can complete at your own pace to help improve your wellbeing.

The self-help modules are easy to use with interactive tools and activities to help you think better, manage your life and live well. The goal of each module is for you to take the
information and techniques learned – and to start applying them in your day-to-day life.

A therapist from Healthy Minds (West Essex IAPT) will support you through the SilverCloud programme and will provide guidance and encouragement via regular reviews.

You can log on and start using the platform anytime. Access is free and no GP referral is required:

Benefits of Talking Therapies 2020

Mobile COVID-19 test site visits Harlow next week

Harlow Football Club will host a mobile testing site for COVID-19 next week.

The site will be open for pre-booked appointments on Tuesday 12 May, Wednesday 13 May and Thursday 14 May between 10.30am to 4pm each day.

The site is being supported by colleagues from the military and is accessible to those who meet the COVID-19 testing criteria and strictly by appointment only – booked through the national website.

Anyone wanting to be tested must:

  • Meet the eligibility criteria – see the website
  • Pre-book an appointment – via the website
  • Travel to the centre by car – i.e. not on foot or by public transport

The sites are open to symptomatic people who are:

  • Key workers/their household members who have symptoms
  • People aged 65 and over/their household members who have symptoms
  • Those that are currently having to travel to work who fall outside of the key worker group, and their household members who have symptoms

Testing should be carried out in the first three days of developing symptoms and not after day five.

Mobile testing will also be carried out at:

  • Clacton Leisure Centre         Monday  11 May and Tuesday 12 May
  • Rayleigh Leisure Centre        Wednesday 13 May, Thursday 14 May and Friday 15 May

It’s hoped more mobile testing sites will appear across Essex in the near future.

Tests are also being offered at the national site at Stansted and by way of home delivery kits – which again should be booked through the website.

Further updates will be shared when information becomes available.

Further information about eligibility and to book a test visit 

Seeking medical advice during the coronavirus pandemic

Seeking medical advice during the coronavirus pandemic

West Essex CCG is urging residents to contact their GP if they need medical advice.

While everyone is being asked to stay at home and social distance to reduce the spread of coronavirus, it is important people continue to seek medical assistance if they are concerned about specific symptoms relating to cancer, heart attack and stroke. It is also vital parents continue to take their children for routine vaccinations and pregnant women keep their antenatal appointments with their midwife.

Support continues to be available for adults and children experiencing mental health issues and for parents and carers of those with learning disabilities and autism.

For urgent or emergency care, people are being urged to visit NHS 111 online, call 111 or dial 999 in an emergency.

Rob Gerlis, Chair of West Essex CCG, said: “It is vital that people who are ill or are worried about certain symptoms seek help. They can visit 111 online, call 111 or dial 999 in emergency.

“People may be directed to their GP who will arrange to speak to them and if need be, or organise a face-to-face appointment.

“We are here to make sure patients receive the care and treatment they need, when they need it and the last thing we would want is our patients to be diagnosed with a serious illness because they were worried about seeing their GP at this time. Patients can be reassured that GPs can assess them on the phone or via video but if necessary, have measures in place to see them safely.

“This message is also important for pregnant women and parents with young children who may be coming up to the time for their routine vaccinations. These vaccinations protect against some serious and deadly illnesses so we would encourage parents to keep those appointments.”

For more information visit

Local health services this May Bank Holiday

Local health services this May Bank Holiday

With VE Day and the first May Bank Holiday fast approaching on Friday 8 May, local doctors have issued advice to help you to stay well and make sure you have enough medicines to see you through. You are able to contact your GP via telephone, however please do not attend your surgery in person unless your GP asks you to attend.

Your GP will be able to speak to you on the telephone or via video consultations to help patients stay safe. Your GP will advise you if they think there is a medical need for you to be seen face-to-face.

NHS 111 online                                                                                               

If you have access to the internet then NHS 111 online is available 24 hours a day to support you.

If you think you have symptoms of Coronavirus do not visit the GP, pharmacy or hospital, please visit The NHS 111 phone service is currently experiencing huge volumes of calls. This will allow the NHS 111 service to help those who need them most.

If your Coronavirus symptoms worsen or you are unable to manage them at home, or you do not have access to the internet, please call NHS 111.

For the latest information and advice about Coronavirus visit


Local pharmacies will be open on the Bank Holiday, although opening times may vary. 

All pharmacies will be open as a minimum from 2pm until 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday with some pharmacies extending these hours. Please check this link for individual pharmacy opening


Stay at home advice

The Government guidance is currently to stay at home and only leave the house for urgent medical needs, to go shopping, to exercise once a day or to pick up medication.

Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus information on

Dr. Rob Gerlis, Chair of West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, said:  

As everyone knows, the NHS is working tirelessly to keep people safe and well during the Coronavirus pandemic and will continue to do so over the May Bank Holiday “Residents can support us by following Government advice to stay and home and only leave the house to go shopping, for an urgent medical need or for exercise once a day.

“If anyone has an urgent medical need please follow the advice to visit, where there is also information on symptoms for Coronavirus and the guidance to follow.

“We hope everyone has a safe Bank Holiday.”

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