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A GP surgery in Harlow has appealed for patience from patients due to a “major shortage of reception staff”. The Ross Practice has a message on their website which states: “Dear Patients “Unfortunately, we have a significant number of our reception team signed off work…

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National and leading GP joins Active Essex as new Chair Appointment will help drive the strategic direction of the Essex systems Fit for the Future strategy. Active Essex, the Active Partnership for Essex, has announced that Dr William Bird will be joining the Board as…

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THE cost of replacing a hospital where half of the main building is in an unacceptable condition has risen by £250m, it has emerged reports the BBC. Work on Harlow’s Princess Alexandra Hospital was meant to be completed by 2025. It has been delayed to 2028.…

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HARLOW residents are being encouraged to share their thoughts on the standards of care they receive at GPs, dentists, hospitals and care homes, with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). CQC is particularly keen to hear from deaf and hard of hearing people about their experiences…

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THE child and adolescent mental health wards at Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust have been rated requires improvement by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), following an inspection undertaken in March and April 2022. The inspection was carried out to assess whether improvements had been…

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FREE mini health checks are on offer at Harlow Leisurezone throughout August, alongside the chance to get a Covid vaccination. Nurses from Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust will be offering free blood pressure and BMI checks, for adults aged 18 and over, and offering health and…

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ON THURSDAY, a number of residents contacted YH regarding the time it was taking to be seen at the Accident and Emergency Department at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH). The conditions came to national attention a few weeks ago. That doesn’t mean we are done with…

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WHEN we interviewed PAH nurse and union rep Waida Forman in 2017 about why she came to Harlow, we made a fleeting reference to her home on the island of Mauritius. Five years later, we returned to speak to Waida about her early years off…

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A KIND-HEARTED couple have made a number of vital donations to the Star Room at Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH). The donations from Laura and Mitchell Milward come after they have raised over £3,500 for the room and for those who have suffered a death in…

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THE large number of unfilled NHS job vacancies is posing a serious risk to patient safety, a report by MPs says reports the BBC. It found England is now short of 12,000 hospital doctors and more than 50,000 nurses and midwives, calling this the worst…

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THE Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) has appointed a new finance director. Following a competitive selection process, Tom Burton was selected as the new finance director for PAHT on 22 July, from his interim role at PAHT that he started on 30 May. He…

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Dear Sir, I WOULD like to take the opportunity of thanking your correspondent Ian Beckett for raising the issue of depressive illness and the article published in the journal of Molecular Psychiatry. Having read through the article it seems to me that certain elements in…

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THE MATERNITY Voices Partnership for West Essex (including Harlow) have produced a short film highlighting their work with Princess Alexandra Hospital. In the film the two chairs, Chloe and Verity affirm their commitment to improving the maternity services for “women, birthing people and families”. In…

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Dear Editor, IN the last 24 hours the media has been flooded with headlines like “Little evidence that chemical imbalance causes depression” following a review, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, concluded there was “no clear evidence” that low serotonin levels are responsible for depression.…

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Dear Editor, A NEW analysis of NHS pay commissioned by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) published yesterday (19 July) highlights real terms pay cuts for nurses and paramedics of £1,100 and £1,500 respectively for this year. These figures include the latest government imposed pay increase.…

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THE NUMBER of patients with Covid-19 in Princess Alexandra Hospital has risen very sharply. Latest data provided on July 20th show that there were 100 patients in hospital. The figure is fluctuating quite a lot. YH understands that no-one is on a ventilator. Figures for…