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FROM TODAY (Monday 10 November), eye emergency patients who attend Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Eye Unit will be seen in A&E.  Those who require urgent treatment from a doctor will be referred back to the Eye Unit’s emergency clinic.  The remainder will be directed elsewhere to…

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AN inquest into the death of an elderly patient at the Princess Alexandra hospital in Harlow has ruled staff missed an opportunity to save her life. 71 year old Barbara O’Brien from Bishops Stortford was admitted to the hospital in January after suffering from pneumonia.…

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LOCAL health and care professionals are reminding everyone who is eligible for a free influenza (flu) vaccine about the importance of getting theirs before winter. This includes people aged 65 or over, people of all ages with a relevant health condition, pregnant women and children…

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BY Siobhan Wood THOUSANDS of health workers, including nurses, midwives and ambulance staff, have taken part in the first strike over pay for more than 30 years. Many from Harlow stood by the YWCA roundabout in Harlow for four hours in the pouring rain and…

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WE’RE one week into Stoptober and people in west Essex are being reminded it’s not too late to start to stop smoking. West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is backing people already taking part in Stoptober and encouraging those interested to sign up now. By…

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THE wife of a St Clare patient has shared her story of how her husband was able to see the book he had been working on for several years published before he died thanks to the support of our Hospice at Home team as we…

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HIGH demand at Children’s Emergency Department is opportunity to remind parents to choose the right service With demand for local children’s Emergency Department (ED) services high, parents and carers are being reminded to choose the right healthcare service for their child’s needs to ensure they…

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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…