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Cardiac patients donate vital equipment to Basildon hospital

CARDIAC patients have donated a piece of vital equipment to the hospital which saved their lives. Representatives from the Hearts and Minds charity returned to Basildon Hospital‟s Cardiothoracic Centre (CTC) with the £7,000 automated chest compression machine.

Cariads go back to the seventies for fun night out.

CARIADS are holding a seventies night in Stifford Clays. Fancy dress is not compulsory because Cariads is all about having a good time.

Chief exec. of Basildon hospital wins “Inspirational” award

THE Chief Executive of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has been named as one of the 50 most inspirational women in healthcare. Clare Panniker was this week included on the Inspirational Women in Healthcare list by Health Service Journal (HSJ), Britain‟s leading health publication.

Thurrock MP opens dementia garden

THE garden will be open to the general public and incorporates circular paths with safety surfaces and seating areas all surrounded by secure fencing. Flowers and shrubs have been planted to attract wildlife, and for the green fingered there is a gardening project area.

Basildon hospital lauded for their care for Irene

AN elderly patient who touched the hearts of staff at Basildon Hospital was fondly remembered at an awards presentation this week. Healthcare assistants on Lionel Cosins ward were nominated for a staff award by a family friend of the patient, for ‘compassion and care beyond what could be expected.’

Local people share their stories to help improve end of life care

A SURVEY designed to capture local people’s views on end of life care has attracted more than 400 responses, with many people sharing personal stories that demonstrate how crucial high quality end of life services are for both patients and their families and carers.

Independent Living Event at the Civic Hall

Thurrock Coalition presents: Independent Living Event – Your guide to help and support in Thurrock. Where? The Civic Hall, Blackshots Lane, Grays,
When? Thursday 26th June 2014. Drop in any time between 10:00am – 4:00pm

25 different stallholders will be on hand to offer free information and advice on a range of issues, including: Housing (including Adaptations),Employment and Skills, Lifestyle and Leisure (including Sport)

Volunteers in Thurrock raise £955 for Diabetes UK Big Collection

PEOPLE from Thurrock joined together to raise £955 for Diabetes UK at Tesco Extra in West Thurrock. The Big Collection is a nationwide fundraising event for Diabetes UK and this year it took place in 328 Tesco stores across the UK on 13, 14 and 15 June, which marked the end of Diabetes Week.

Back to the seventies with Cariads

CARIADS are hosting a 70’s night on 25th July. It is open to everyone – carers, professionals, children and grannies – all welcome. Full details are on the poster.

Home is where the health is

THURROCK Council is offering that chance to people living in private sector property in parts of three wards: Tilbury Riverside and Thurrock Park, Grays Riverside, and West Thurrock and South Stifford. The areas were selected because they are more likely to be affected by health risks – such as fuel poverty and overcrowding.

Basildon hospital are all ears for Cambodia

AN audiologist from Basildon University Hospital used two weeks of his holiday to share his expert knowledge at a clinic for deaf children in the Far East. Adam Chell, Chief Paediatric Audiologist, responded to an appeal from the charity All Ears Cambodia for volunteers to teach fellow clinicians about screening infants for hearing difficulties.

Your experience of ambulance service in Thurrock wanted

A PROJECT is being launched by the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) to investigate changes in the use of ambulance services in England. We know that use of ambulance services has been increasing over the past decade and by conducting this project, AACE hope to get a better understanding of how the ambulance service is being used. AACE would like to conduct interviews with people who have recently used the ambulance service (i.e. within the last three months) to explore why patients choose to call 999. If you agree to take part, you will be asked a number of questions about the occasion on which you called for an ambulance and about any other services you may have contacted for help prior to calling 999.

Diabetes roadshow coming to Grays

DIABETES UK Healthy Lifestyle Roadshow in partnership with Bupa, will be visiting Grays High Street on Thursday May 29 between 9.30am and 5pm to offer a quick and confidential assessment so that people can find out if they may have, or are at risk of developing, Type 2 diabetes.

Basildon hospital celebrate International Midwife Day

MATERNITY staff at Basildon Hospital were busy over the Bank Holiday weekend baking an array of delicious cakes, to mark International Day of the Midwife.
Created with skills that would impress Mary Berry, judge of The Great British Bake Off, many of the decorations featured maternity themes.

Awareness key for Viral Meningitis week

OFTEN compared with bacterial meningitis as the ‘milder strain’, viral meningitis – an infection that causes inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and the spinal cord – affects over 5,000 people each year. In 2012, the charity commissioned a survey, which showed that viral meningitis is leaving its victims with exhaustion, headaches, memory loss, depression, anxiety and hearing difficulties. Many sufferers have to take long periods off education or work and struggle with the day-to-day tasks that so many people take for granted.

Continuing funding healthcare for Thurrock residents

PEOPLE in the Thurrock area who are currently eligible, or are found to be eligible, for Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding from the NHS will now have a greater say in how that money is spent. From April 1st, everyone who meets CHC eligibility for on-going support will receive a tailored package of care to meet their health and wellbeing needs.

Thurrock Council and NHS forge closer links

THE ageing and growing population in Thurrock – and across the country – means it makes sense for councils and the local NHS to work together more closely. That was the message health portfolio holder Cllr Barbara Rice gave Thurrock Council’s cabinet on Wednesday (19 March) evening, speaking about the Better Care Fund.

Books without words…..with Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions

THERE IS always something going on for all those who are associated with Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions. Most Mondays, a group of clients and carers get together in the seminar room at the Thameside library to enjoy a selection of books.

Art brightens the corridors at Basildon Hospital

THE walls of a corridor at Basildon Hospital have been brightened with new pieces of art, thanks to the creative skills of members of the Brentwood Art Society.
The art society donated 22 items, including watercolours and prints.

Stay Safe with Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions

THURROCK Lifestyle Solutions are running another ‘Stay Safe’ event every 6 months – aimed at people with Learning Disabilities – an all day training for FREE – It would be great for you to come and or recommend someone you know to have this experience. It’s based in the lovely Grays fire station hall and all the Police, Firebrigade, First Aiders, Trading Standards, Road Safety come along and support people to work on an action plan for their community safety.

£1 million investment in stroke services at Basildon Hospital

NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG, together with NHS Thurrock CCG is to invest an extra £1 million into stroke services at Basildon Hospital this year to deliver better care and better outcomes for people who suffer from stroke locally. Since 2011 different options for stroke services across the whole of south Essex have been proposed as part of the Midlands and East Stroke Review. As commissioners of health services for people living in Basildon and Brentwood and Thurrock, both CCG’s priority is to ensure quality services for its local population.

Storytellers come to Basildon Hospital

IT was smiles all-round when the Starlight Storytellers recently visited the children’s ward at Basildon Hospital, bringing to life favourite children’s stories including Princess & the Pea, Charlotte’s Web and Three Little Pigs. Laura Ryan, Hospital Play Team Leader, said: “We use play to help distract our young patients from feeling unwell and from any worry they may have about being in hospital. There’s nothing like a good story to capture children’s minds, and the actors’ excellent singing and dancing really brought the stories to life. We are really grateful to the Starlight Storytellers for bringing their fun and interactive production to the hospital.”

Working together for better health outcomes

THURROCK Council and local health leaders are working together to commission and provide better and more integrated services for patients and service users. As part of the government’s Better Care Fund plan, the council with Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are developing ways they can reorganise existing funding to offer a more holistic approach for patients.

MacMillan benefits at Basildon hospital

MICHELLE Bath, Macmillan Development Manager for Essex, says: “People affected by cancer tell us that money worries are a close second to the anxiety caused by their cancer diagnosis. Cancer has a massive impact on people’s finances. Often people who have had a diagnosis of cancer are left wondering how they are going to pay the mortgage, the rising heating bills or cover new expenses such as trips to hospital and car parking charges.

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