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PARENTS and carers across west Essex have the opportunity to discuss how they get the most out of local health and care services at a parent focus group on Monday 22 September. The event will take place between 1pm and 2.30pm at the Latton Bush…

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A BRAND new Children’s Emergency Department is due to open at Princess Alexandra Hospital on 15 September 2014. The unit will move out of the hospital’s main Emergency Department into a separate building next door, offering a much larger and friendlier environment for patients under…

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MEMBERS of the public invited to attend West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group’s first Annual General Meeting West Essex CCG will be holding its first Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 25 September 14.00 -15.30 at Harlow Resource Centre and is inviting members of the public to…

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PACT for autism hosted an afternoon conference at the University Centre in Harlow recently to discuss possibilities for employment for those on the autism spectrum. In a fascinating afternoon of speeches and discussion, Pact for Autism took a number of companies through the possiblities and…

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PRINCESS Alexandra Hospital has received positive feedback from a recent assessment by patients. The new Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) was introduced last year with the key purpose of ensuring patients are at the centre of all inspections of hospital environments. PAHT has…

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Mr Harris, a great-grandfather from Harlow, has been helping out at the hospital for the last ten years as a way of repaying the care they gave his late wife. And it was the turn of everyone on Fleming Ward, where cardiac patients are cared…

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WORK on the £9m refurbishment of the Derwent Centre, Harlow, will restart on September 22. Work was temporarily suspended ten weeks ago while issues with some of the structural beams were investigated. North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation NHS Trust (NEP) west area Director David…

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THE NUMBER of Harlow people with learning disabilities attending their surgeries for annual health checks is the lowest in Essex claims an NHS expert. In a recent presentation to health care bodies, it was revealed that in 2013-14 only 107 people out of 452 (23%)…

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PRACTICE nurses and nurse practitioners from GP practices across west Essex have completed a Talk Cancer Workshop delivered by Cancer Research UK. The group spent an afternoon becoming more confident talking about cancer as well as learning more about the disease and what the benefits…

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WEST Essex Clinical Commissioning Group is advising people in the area to consider their health needs ahead of the Tour de France arriving in Essex on 7 July. People that take medicines regularly are urged to make sure they have enough to cover them until…

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WEST Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has published its first Annual Report since taking over the planning and buying of local health and care services in April 2013. The report highlights the CCG’s achievements for 2013-2014 and the services that are now being developed for…

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PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) Awareness week 2014 got underway yesterday, a week dedicated to raising awareness of the service in the NHS and improving patient experience. West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (WECCG) has an in-house team who aim to ensure patients have the…

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PEOPLE from across west Essex are being invited to apply to become a member of a new proactive ‘community insight’ group set up by West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) the organisation that plans and buys health and care services for 300,000 people in Uttlesford,…

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MORE support is now available to new mums in West Essex thanks to a training programme for Breastfeeding Network volunteers. Thirty-one volunteers have completed 12-week training programmes at Tree House Children’s Centre in Harlow, Spangles Children’s Centre in Stansted and Hazelwood Children’s Centre in Waltham…

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NHS WEST Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (WECCG) has reached its first birthday and is reflecting on its achievements which have surpassed expectations in a challenging climate. Successes over the past year include more collaborative working between statutory organisations and service providers and more integration between…

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EVERY week the BBC publish key performance statistics on the A and E departments in England. Here are the stats for the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow for week Feb 17th to Feb 23rd. The stats are: 90.1% of patients were seen in four hours.…