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It’s the time of year when colds and flu are doing the rounds in schools and nurseries across west Essex. But as a parent how do you tell the difference? Symptoms of a cold include a runny or blocked nose, sore throat, sneezing and a…

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THE GP Patient Survey is an independent survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England. The survey is sent out to over a million people across the UK. The results show how people feel about their GP practice.

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ESSEX County Council’s mobile health app has been announced as a finalist in two categories in the prestigious Local Government Chronicle Awards 2016. Lifestyle Essex, which was created earlier this year, was shortlisted from over 700 bids from councils across the country, and it will…

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HUNDREDS OF Harlow residents with learning difficulties (LD) are not receiving their annual health checks, according to figures published today. The figures show that four GP surgeries in Harlow did not undertake any health checks for people with LDs at all in the year 2014-15.…

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ESSEX County Council and North Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are encouraging anyone who is eligible for a free flu jab but has not yet taken up the offer to do so in the run-up to the festive season. The free flu jab is available…

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JANE Kinniburgh, Director of Nursing and Quality, NHS West Essex CCG is celebrating being the jewel in the organisation’s crown after being awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse. Jane received the prestigious community nurse title from charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) this month at…

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HARLOW people are encouraged to join NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to become an Antibiotic Guardian. The pledge shows your support to help fight against the overuse of antibiotics. By becoming a Guardian, you can help defend against an increasing resistance of diseases…

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FIFTY community projects across the East of England, including projects in Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk will be helping local people improve their communities after the Big Lottery Fund awarded a total of £1,413,150 to the region. Below are a few examples of some of the…

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WITH data showing that almost 19% of residents in the Essex smoke, Essex County Council is urging smokers to sign up to Stoptober – the country’s 28 day mass quit attempt from Public Health England – to receive support and encouragement every step of the…

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HARLOW business owners Kate and Gary Stanley are leading a team of 60 people in The Nuts Challenge to support people with dementia at Princess Alexandra Hospital. The Nuts Challenge is an Assault Course with a difference – mud, obstacles and fun across a course…

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ESSEX County Council’s Public Health Team is calling on all residents across the county who are eligible for the shingles immunisation to make sure they get it. Shingles can be painful and uncomfortable. Some people are left with pain lasting for years after the initial…

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STAFF on the Birthing Unit at Princess Alexandra Hospital were delighted to receive a number of Henry Moore reproduction prints this week. Emily Unthank, Image and Licence Coordinator at The Henry Moore Foundation, kindly delivered the prints to Tracy Devonshire, Birthing Unit Manager at the…

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NHS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is unveiling a dynamic, new group of local people – the Sounding Board – who now act as health and care ambassadors for their local communities. The Sounding Board brings 18 residents of Harlow, Epping Forest and Uttlesford…

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HARLOW and District Health Care Forum invites local people to discuss myths and stigma surrounding mental health The local health and care services forum in Harlow is inviting people to join their conference on Wednesday 1 July 10.00-15.00 at the Leisurezone in Harlow, to highlight…

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THE Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust is filling nursing vacancies by supporting individuals who wish to return to practice after years away from the profession. Kathy Wadhams from Harlow in Essex gave up her nursing career 10 years ago, but is now back in full-time…

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HEALTH organisations in Harlow have reacted to the news that government regulators are set to take over the running of NHS services in Essex. The unprecedented move will see three key national NHS bodies intervene to dictate how local services tackle longstanding problems such as…