A PACKED room of the leading track and field coaches across the county came to the Stanford-le-Hope branch of Cedar Hall Clinics to listen to a series of lectures about different aspects of human physique and the consequences before, during and after physical activity.
THE benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, organised the donation through the Thurrock office of the Essex Chambers of Commerce. Sharon Saunders, Thurrock Office Manager, delivered 70 bears to the children’s wards at Basildon Hospital, and another 20 to the children’s outpatient clinic at Orsett Hospital.
Sharon said: “The teddies were given by a member of the Chamber of Commerce who has an import and export business.
ESSEX has seen an increase in HIV cases over the last year, with Southend and Thurrock having some of the highest rates in the county, according to new figures. The statistics, published in a Public Health England Report, were released in the run up to National HIV Testing Week last week.
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EARLIER THIS year, Tilbury stalwart, Charlie Lawrence ran the London Marathon for charity. It looks like Charlie has not stopped since as he recently completed a charity run for Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions.
SOUTH Ockendon won the toss and elected to bat. Kelly-Marie opened the batting and hit an impressive 22 but Grant from STCT took a wicket and so managed to restrict her to 17 – still the top score of the day. After further worthy contributions by Keith and Terry – 14 respectively and a 16 from Allen, the only other Socks wicket to fall was that of James to the tight bowling of Phillip. Team Captain Sunny was last man in adding another 12 to the total. Hitting a team total of 84 runs and losing only two wickets meant Socks ended their innings looking strong on 274.
ONE of the guests, Colin Webb, had his left leg amputated below the knee in June this year, due to chronic osteomyelitis, a bone infection. Colin, 54, from Billericay, is a head of logistics at technology company, Konica Minolta. He said: “The rehab at Basildon Hospital is very good. They will give you the tools, the support and the guidance but you have to have the right mind-set to want to do it. I want my life back, not just for me but for my wife and daughters.”
THE NHS must stop turning a “blind eye” to smoking and ban it in all hospital grounds in England, according to new guidance. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said it wanted to see smoking shelters scrapped so patients, visitors and staff could not light up reports the BBC.
SOME basic advice that everyone can use includes: use paracetamol if you have a temperature caused by coughs, cold and flu paracetamol can also be used for pain relief for complaints such as earache, stomach ache, sore throats, general aches and sprains anti-diarrhoea and re-hydration mixtures for adults if they have an upset stomach get plenty of rest and drink lots of fluids
THE number of HIV tests being carried out in Thurrock has increased year on year since 2009, however, not every eligible person took up the offer. In the lead up to this year’s World AIDS Day – 1 December – a national HIV Testing Week is running between 22 to 29 November. During the week, the Terence Higgins Trust is teaming up with other organisations across England to encourage gay men and African people in particular, to take an HIV test.
THE Pharmacy Department at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has received a national award for its work to ensure patients receive the correct medication while they are in hospital. The summary care record, introduced at Basildon Hospital in 2011, is a computer system that extracts essential medicines information from electronic GP records, such as details of patients’ medicines and any allergies or adverse reactions.
NEW figures show that 250 more people in Thurrock are living with diabetes than a year ago and the figure for 2020 is expected to rise by a further 1,600. The Thurrock Goup meets every month to support local people living with diabetes and raise awareness of the condition. A number of activities throughout the year also raise funds for the benefit of anyone with diabetes locally and donations are also made towards research projects.
LIKE a fine wine, international hurdler, Gianni Frankis seems to be maturing nicely. Gianni had an injury free season that saw him produce a personal best of 13.54 for the 110 metre hurdles.
NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be holding its Governing Body meeting on 27th November 2013 at 10am. Members of the public are warmly invited to attend. The meeting will be held in the Main Hall at The Culver Centre, Daiglen Drive, South Ockendon, Essex. RM15 5RR.
A WOMAN who lost her sister to sepsis will help lead training at Basildon Hospital. Kay Dejan, 44, from Chafford Hundred, died of blood poisoning after routine surgery to a broken knee. The tragic death of Kay has been well documented. In May 2011, Kay was taken to A&E at Basildon Hospital after a fall, had an operation the next day and returned home two days later with her leg in plaster.
FOLLOWING Tuesday (12 November) evening’s overview and scrutiny discussions on Thurrock’s Annual Public Health Report, portfolio holder Cllr Barbara Rice said it showed a “robust strategy to help reduce the unacceptable health inequalities”. Cllr Rice said: “The important news contained in the full report was overshadowed by silly errors in the short report given to full council last month.”
TERESA, from Ingatestone, is a single parent whose son was 11 when she had the stroke. On the day it happened, she was hanging out washing when she began to feel strange. Luckily she had recently done a first aid course, and had the presence of mind to lie down on the hard kitchen floor before she fell. She guessed she was having a stroke as she became partially paralysed, but managed to crawl to the phone to summon help.
MANY hospital patients don’t realise what an important role radiography plays in their care or that is essential to many treatments and procedures. Friday 8 November was World Radiography Day, and the anniversary of the day in 1895 when Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x-rays. To mark the occasion, the Imaging Department at Basildon University Hospital will be running an information stand in main reception.
THERE are now 250 more people with diabetes in Thurrock than there were a year ago according to a new analysis by Diabetes UK. The analysis shows that 8,708 people in Thurrock are now thought to have diabetes, which has gone up from 8,458 in 2012. This means that 6.6 per cent of people in […]
WITH more than one out of every 10 people admitting they have used A&E departments when they knew they didn’t need to, it’s no surprise that hospitals are reporting increasing numbers of people are using A&E every year when there are more suitable health services available to them.
BASILDON and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust welcomes the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) decision to lift the warning notice in place against it with immediate effect. An inspection team from the regulator, who visited the Trust over a two day period in September, found significant improvements in the care provided to patients and to the systems which manage risk and monitor quality across the organisation.
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FIRSTLY, As someone who has recently suffered a stoke, I would like to say a big public ‘Thank you’ to Thurrock Labour Parliamentary candidate, Polly Billington and my good friend, Chadwell Cllr Barbara Rice for their campaigning work over many months against the threatened reconfiguration of health services which would downgrade our local NHS hyper acute stroke unit at Basildon Hospital.
ALLERGY expert Clare Gale has joined the team at Cedar Hall Clinics. Working from both the Benfleet and Stanford-le-Hope clinics, Clare, with twenty years experience, is an expert in the field of allergies. An area that has caused considerable distress to people over the years.
At Basildon, there were 14 risks, including seven elevated risks. These included the number of patient safety incidents that were harmful to patients, higher than expected death rates and potential under-reporting of problems.
A STROKE education day at Basildon University Hospital will feature expert advice and information from specialist doctors and health practitioners. Everyone who has been affected by stroke, or has an interest in the condition, is welcome to attend on Tuesday 29 October, 10am to 3pm, in the Education Centre at the hospital.