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ST Clare Hospice is inviting people to celebrate the life of someone special this summer by dedicating a limited edition Forever Flower in their memory. The bespoke, handcrafted forget-me-nots have been specially created for the Hospice charity and, for a suggested donation of £28 per…

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​A BMA survey has revealed that three out of four locum GPs in the East of England (77%) cannot find work, despite patients waiting weeks for appointments. An overwhelming number of those who responded to the survey said they could not find suitable positions and…

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AN 88-year-old woman died after medics failed to deal with a fractured collarbone – even though it had showed up on an X-ray. Margaret Pilgrim died at the Princess Alexandra Hospital on June 29, 2023 – around three weeks after breaking her clavicle in a…

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BACK by popular demand the St Clare Hospice Summer Fayre is once again being held at the hospice in Hastingwood on Saturday the 13th of July, between 11-4 pm.  Event organiser, Rosie Brewer said, “It’s going to be a fantastic day filled with fun activities,…

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A NEW campaign raising awareness of domestic abuse affecting older people is launched this week. The Southend, Thurrock, and Essex Domestic Abuse Board (SETDAB) is supporting United Nations World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by launching the It’s Never Too Late campaign. Alison Gilmour, Head of…

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THERE is still time to get your Spring COVID vaccination if you are among those eligible, before the  programme ends on 30 June. GPs and pharmacists in Harlow are particularly keen to hear from you if you are eligible but are yet to make an…

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ANN Nutt, chair of the Patient Panel at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in His Majesty The King’s Birthday Honours announced today, 15 June 2024. Our award-winning Patient Panel, which celebrated its tenth anniversary last…

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THE Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT) will launch its new visitors’ charter, with new visiting times, on Monday 17 June.   The charter outlines a clear and consistent approach to when visitors can visit the ward areas, what is expected of them and how…

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TWO specialist teams in west Essex offer education programmes to help people living with diabetes to manage their condition. Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation’s West Essex Community Specialist Diabetes Service and West Essex Community Dietitians deliver two structured education programmes, which we are highlighting this Diabetes Week…

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KEY stage 2 schoolchildren across Essex will be encouraged to share their ideas on how we can reduce daily water usage as part of a campaign that launches today. As part of The Ripple Effect initiative, which is entering its fourth year, Be The Ripple…

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HARLOW Health Centres Trust will hold its first Annual General meeting open to the public since Covid on Tuesday 30th July at 12 noon in the Latton Hall at the Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way, Harlow. Harlow Health Centres Trust (HHCT) aim is to provide…

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A BRAND new service that has opened up at St Andrew’s Healthcare in Wickford on Pound Lane means the hospital is now offering a complete female pathway for women with complex mental health needs. The latest offering is Maldon, a six bedded ward for acute…

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THE NHS in Hertfordshire and west Essex is urging people aged 40 and over to come forward for a potentially life-saving blood pressure check. Around one in four adults in the UK have high blood pressure, but only half of those are aware of it.…

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DID you know a baby’s brain makes more than one million new connections every second? Their environment and interactions with people help shape the way their brains develop and the first two years of a baby’s life are important to their overall healthy development. As part…

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PRINCESS Alexandra Hospital (PAH) bosses plan to launch a new electronic health record (EHR) system in October. Over the last few years, hospital trusts across the country have been switching to EHR systems. The system, (called Alex Health in Harlow) is best described by Phil…

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THE British Dental Association has said failure to set out credible plans to save NHS dentistry will hit the parties at the ballot box, with evidence showing the state of the service is now at the forefront of voter concerns across the South and East…