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Local health services this Easter

Local health services this Easter

All GP practices across Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford will be operating normal opening hours on Good Friday and Easter Monday. 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.

GP practices will be closed on Saturday 11 April and Easter Sunday.

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 www.111.nhs.uk/covid-19 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 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Pharmacies                                                    

Local pharmacies will be open across the four-day Easter weekend, although opening times may vary. 

All pharmacies will be open as a minimum from 2pm until 5pm on Good Friday and Easter Monday with some pharmacies extending these hours. Pharmacies will open as normal on Saturday 11 April and a few will be open on Easter Sunday.

Please check this link for individual pharmacy opening times: https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-pharmacy

 

 

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 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

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 Easter Bank Holidays.

“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 www.111.nhs.uk, where there is also information on symptoms for Coronavirus and the guidance to follow.

“We hope everyone has a safe Easter break.”

Joining forces to get more paramedics on the road

Joining forces to get more paramedics on the road

The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) has joined forces with 16 Medical Regiment to boost the number of frontline staff available to provide life-saving care to patients in Essex.

The partnership will see paramedics and combat medical technicians deployed to work on ambulances alongside staff from EEAST, in turn helping increase capacity during the coronavirus pandemic while also giving the military medics a wider clinical experience.

All medics within the military must complete clinical placements with the NHS to maintain their qualifications, with 16 Med Regt personnel working at hospitals across Essex and Suffolk.

Last week, 15 personnel completed training to prepare them to work on ambulances, which covered vehicle and equipment familiarisation, advanced life support and dementia care. They are expected to take to the roads alongside EEAST staff this week.

The course was written and taught by Aaron Hill, a Senior Paramedic and Education and Training Officer with EEAST, and delivered at Colchester’s Merville Barracks.

Aaron said: “As an army reservist, I am extremely proud to design and deliver a bespoke course for our military counterparts. The Trust and wider NHS are understandably under extreme pressure at this time, and the clinical skill and experience provided by 16 Medical Regiment is invaluable to our service delivery.

“This is the first time a course of this nature has been delivered in the UK, and marks a start to a new working relationship between the NHS and military. The professionalism and clinical leadership demonstrated by all medics throughout the course has been excellent and I am confident this cohort will make a real difference, especially over the next few weeks when the NHS will face increasing pressure.’’

Mark Wibberley, a Recruitment Specialist with EEAST, said: “We are delighted to be joining forces with our military colleagues to increase the number of frontline staff available to help patients across Essex.

“We have worked hard to get this partnership up and running and look forward to continuing it long into the future. We will now explore whether we can replicate the scheme across the rest of our patch so that we can help our army colleagues to make the best possible use of their clinical skills while increasing the life-saving support we are able to provide to our patients.”

Similar relationships between NHS trusts and military medics are in place across the country, and are the foundations on which the military’s ability to support the NHS, such as tackling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, are built.

Warrant Officer Class 2 Sean Harpur, from 16 Medical Regiment, said: “We are really pleased that this important partnership has now got off the ground and look forward to it benefiting both EEAST, our medics and the public.

“Our staff are hugely experienced in providing first class trauma care through their work on deployments, but are not so familiar with looking after elderly patients and children. Spending time with EEAST’s crews will give them the opportunity to widen their scope of practice and further develop their other medical skills.

“We hope the partnership will give staff the opportunity to learn from and support each other, particularly as the country tackles the challenge of coronavirus, and will continue long into the future.”

New service helps people receiving mental health care settle into employment

New service helps people receiving mental health care settle into employment

A new employment support service launched by Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) in Suffolk last year has already supported 15 people to find work.


The Integrated Employment Support Service was set up in October 2019 to help patients receiving secondary mental health care settle into employment.


Since then the team of 10 employment specialists has been working alongside clinical teams to help people set career goals, write CVs, prepare for interviews and build confidence.


Fifteen people referred to the service have now secured employment in areas including retail, administration, health and landscaping.

Funded by NHS England, the service is delivered by EPUT in partnership with Employ-Ability – a specialist employment support charity working with people experiencing mental health problems.

EPUT was invited to run the service in Suffolk by Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) following the success of its Essex-based service.


The Integrated Employment Support Service was launched in Essex in 2011 and has been recognised as a national centre of excellence by the Centre for Mental Health.

Sharif Sharif Al-ani , employment services team leader, said:  “There is plenty of evidence to show that being in high quality work supports good mental health. 


“Our employment specialists are embedded within the mental health staff teams at NSFT and work closely with them to support patients into meaningful employment. We’ve already seen incredible results.”

Raza Ahmed, service manager across Essex and Suffolk, said: “We are so pleased to bring to Suffolk what we have been doing in Essex for many years.

“We are very grateful to NSFT for hosting us and helping the team make incredible progress in these early days.”


Winsom Robotham, Service Director for the East Suffolk Care Group with NSFT, said: “This important service is giving people a valuable helping hand back into work, in turn helping to build their confidence and supporting their mental health in the longer term.


“The staff from EPUT are fully embedded with our mental health teams, which means we are able to offer an integrated service and easier referrals.


“We are really pleased that the service is already making a big difference to our service users, and look forward to it helping even more people in the future.”


Anyone who would like further information about the Integrated Employment Support Service should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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The NHS in West Essex and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

To make sure you receive the most up-to-date guidance on symptoms, how to look after yourself and others and information on self-isolation and social distancing, please visit nhs.uk/coronavirus

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Help us help you get the treatment you need

While we are being asked to stay at home to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus, it can be difficult to know what to do if you feel unwell or are concerned about specific symptoms such as cancer, heart attack or stroke. Please know that the NHS is still here to help you get the care and treatment you need, when you need it.

You can:

  • Contact you GP practice online, via an app or by phone to be assessed (https://www.nhs.uk/health-at-home/)
  • Visit the NHS 111 online service or call 111, and call 111 if you are worried about the health of your baby or child
  • Dial 999 immediately if it is a serious or life-threatening emergency for you, an adult or child

You should go to hospital if you are told to go and attend appointments unless you have been told not to.

You can still order repeat prescriptions on the NHS App and through your GP practice or pharmacy’s online service, where available (https://www.nhs.uk/health-at-home/)

 

Routine vaccinations

If you or your child is due their routine vaccinations it is important they are still carried out. Routine vaccinations protect against serious and potentially deadline illnesses and stop outbreaks in the community.  (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/why-vaccination-is-safe-and-important/)

If the person needing vaccination has coronavirus symptoms or is self-isolating because someone in the household is displaying symptoms, please contact your GP practice for advice.

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Support for people experiencing domestic violence

If you are experiencing domestic abuse then there is support for you. You are not alone. At home shouldn’t mean at risk and if this is you then isolation rules do not apply.

Police response and support services remain available. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, dial 999.

For more information visit www.gov.uk/domestic-abuse

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