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HEALTHWATCH Essex is looking for people to take part in focus groups as part of the latest research study being conducted into how people who sometimes experience sadness, stress or anxiety take care of their mental health. The study comes at a time when plans…

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A team of exceptional nurses is celebrating a move into a special dedicated unit for patients with minor injuries at Princess Alexandra Hospital, and the great news is: patients are already giving this the thumbs up. The move to ease pressure on Princess Alexandra Hospital’s…

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a debilitating condition that affects the lungs and airways, making breathing difficult. Doctors at Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust are emphasising that, for people with long-term health conditions including COPD, bronchitis or emphysema, flu on top of health conditions like…

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THE report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) into Princess Alexandra Hospital is a damning indictment into the quality of care in a number of areas in the hospital. Here are some of the criticisms. We will highlight the good aspects in a separate piece.…

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FROM 1 October leg ulcers will be treated at dedicated leg ulcer clinics instead of at GP surgeries. Research has shown that attending specialist clinics can improve healing rates. This is why NHS West Essex CCG has decided to transfer leg ulcer treatment to clinics…

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MONDAY 10th October is World Mental Health Day and Harlow Council’s Mental Health Champion Cllr Ian Beckett says it’s time that we saw the day as a day of celebration. “I’m pretty sure that celebration is probably the last word that springs to mind for…

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LIKE most girls her age, former Harlow girl Kaleigh enjoys being a princess, attending dance lessons, singing, swimming and playing with her friends. But more importantly being the loving daughter to us and the caring big sister to her 4 year old brother Carson. That…

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THIS October, we are urging Essex smokers to sign up to Stoptober, a Public Health England campaign encouraging people to stop smoking for 28 days, offering support and encouragement every step of the way. Smoking is on the decrease nationally with Public Health England releasing…

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INSPIRATIONAL volunteers, pharmacists and health professionals all feature in the Best of West Awards shortlist announced today by NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). After weeks of nominations and a tough judging process, awards will be presented for 11 awards including Volunteer of the…

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THE Government has today (Tuesday, 23 August) awarded £819,000 to the North and South Essex Partnership University NHS Trusts to upgrade health-based places of safety which provide vital support for those in mental health crisis in the region. The money will fund upgrades to existing…

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A POPULAR hospital service has been brought back in-house a month earlier than expected due to “unforeseen circumstances”. Bosses at the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust in Harlow today announced the contract for Hospital at Home, which has been run by ORLA Healthcare since 2014,…

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HARLOW residents are being invited to share their experiences of Essex’s mental health services for children and young people. Essex County Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) wants to hear people’s stories about how available and easy to access the services are and also…

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By Eric White AS this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (16-22 May 2016) kicks off, NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) would like to remind residents affected by mental health conditions of the resources available to them in the area. Mental illness is something…

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IN recognition of World Asthma Day (3 May) NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is advising how best to manage this common condition as the weather heats up and pollen levels rise. Around 5.4 million people in the UK suffer from asthma1 – that’s…

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NURSES in Harlow attended an even tat the Latton Bush centre to learn more about issues affecting transgender patients and those going through the transformation process. The meeting heard from Becs Manning, who told nurses about her own experiences in relation to the transgender patient.…

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People are asked to check that they have enough medication to last them from Friday 25 March to Monday 28 March and order repeat prescriptions as soon as possible if necessary. The Weekend GP Service is also available across west Essex and extra appointments are…