A NUMBER of events are being held next week to mark Dementia Awareness Week (19 to 25 May). With one in 14 people over the age of 65 and one in six over 80 suffering a form of dementia now and a predicted increase of nearly a quarter in Thurrock by[S1] 2020, dementia is everybody’s business.
IMPROVEMENTS in the care and treatment of people who have suffered a stroke were subject of a conference at Basildon University Hospital on Wednesday, 8 May.
Over 70 clinical staff from the hospital and the region, including consultants, doctors, nurses and therapists, attended to hear talks from specialists and experts on the latest developments in diagnosis, surgery and therapy.
INSPECTORS will descend upon Basildon Hospital as part of an investigation into high death rates. An experienced team of doctors, nurses and patient representatives will go the beleaguered hospital as part of the Keogh Review into mortality rates.
IMPROVEMENTS in the care and treatment of people who have suffered a stroke will be the subject of a conference at Basildon University Hospital next Wednesday, 8 May. Clinical staff from the hospital and the region involved in caring for stroke patients, including consultants, doctors, nurses and therapists, will be invited to learn about up-to-date developments in diagnosis, surgery and therapy.
EMERGENCY care and treatment for children at Basildon University Hospital is being improved and expanded, and will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from Wednesday 1 May.
As part of hospital plans to improve services for children and young people, the paediatric assessment service is moving from Penguin Unit in the paediatrics department, to the dedicated children‟s accident and emergency department.
MEASLES and the MMR (measles mumps and rubella) inoculation take up has been in the news recently, mainly due to the outbreak in south Wales.
And Public Health England (PHE) this week published the latest quarterly figures for confirmed measles cases in England and linked it to a new national catch-up programme to improve MMR up-take for those most at risk of catching measles – especially those of secondary school age.
A REVIEW into why Basildon hospital has higher-than-expected death rates is to take place next month reports the BBC. Basildon University Hospital said it would be visited on 7 May as part of the Keogh Review into potential failings at 14 hospital trusts.
KHAI has been a major figure on the Thurrock, Essex ad national track scene for quite a while now. Khai has been competing in athletics since 2008 and has excelled in shot putt, high jump, combined events and hurdles winning a variety of Essex Schools, counties and national events.
THE CALIBRE of athletes sponsored by Cedar Hall Clinic is quite astonishing. Poppy is a 17 year old high jumper who is a member of Chelmsford Athletic Club & coached by Phillip Sergeant. She has represented both Essex and GB at a number of events including, the Schools International competition of 2012, where she won the title with a new PB of 1.75.
JOIN NHS Thurrock CCG at its Governing Body meeting in public. NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be holding its Governing Body meeting on 17th April 2013 at 8.30am.
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LAST WEEK, YT attended the Thurrock Sensory Day at the Thurrock Adult Community College. We interviewed a number of participants and will put the news item up on Tuesday. But whilst we were there, we spoke to Sue Rowen from Essex Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Alice is a middle distance runner and member of Basildon Athletics Club coached by Jacqui Childs. Following a broken ankle during training, Alice worked hard, through rehabilitation, and was rewarded at the end of the 2012 season by achieving a PB in her 1500m of 4min 56secs, knocking almost 30 seconds from the start of her season.
NEARLY all of the Cedar Hall Osteos sponsored sportsmen and women are track and field. One exception is local Stanford boy Sam Dixon. Sam is a mixed martial arts fighter and he is making his way up the rankings.
IF YOU ever want to know how seriously these young athletes take their sport then you just need to go back to last year, when Hayley MacLean was disqualified from the National Under-20′s 400m hurdles.
But such disappointment just make junior international athletes such as Hayley even more determined. And Hayley has a whole set of ambitions for 2013.
FOLLOWING the review of Mid Staffordshire hospital, there is to be a thorough review of the high mortality rates which have prevailed at Basildon. The review will be undertaken by the NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh. Basildon is one of fourteen hospitals which will be examined due to their unusually high death rates.
TILBURY-based hurdler, Robbie Clarricoats has been steadily blazing a trail in the athletics world for some years now. Robbie has been competing in athletics since 2008 and specialises in the sprint hurdles and competes this year in the U20 age group.
BOSSES of the newly formed Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (TCCG) have denied that any form of “gagging order” has been placed on the members of the group. The TCCG was formed on April 1st and will have responsibility for the multi-million pound NHS budget in Thurrock.
THE reforms to the NHS which healthcare workers have been working towards will finally come to fruition and GPs will take charge of commissioning health services for their patients from 1 April 2013. Primary Care Trusts remain accountable until 31 March 2013, when their functions will be taken over by the newly established NHS Commissioning Board, Clinical Commissioning Groups, local authorities, NHS Commissioning Support Unit and the NHS Property Company.
“At Basildon, the board clearly failed in its duty to provide effective challenge and to hold the management to account. I think that we need to give a clear indication to directors of foundation trusts that in the event of poor performance, the buck stops with the board. They are accountable and they need to accept that responsibility.”
The NHS Commissioning Board used its legal powers to force two practices in Essex to to become members of NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG and NHS Thurrock CCG – the two worst performing CCGs in the country – against their wishes.
PARALYMPIAN Sophia Warner visited the orthotic services for young people provided by the Children’s Occupational Therapy team in south west Essex, on Tuesday 5 February. Sophia, a Commonwealth gold medal sprinter and a London 2012 Team GB Paralympian, toured the therapy clinic at the John Tallack Centre, Thurrock Hospital, Long Lane, Grays, where patients are fitted with garments to aid their mobility.
Since it is a progressive disease, Alzheimer’s does get more serious over time. At its start, the condition may cause some mild memory loss which gradually leads to total confusion for the person affected. The person may actually not remember what they did just a few moments or days ago, yet may be able to remember a certain incident from years gone by in detail. Although they may know their name and age as well as past friends and family, a person with Alzheimer’s may not be aware of the current year. Learn more about Alzheimer’s warning signs.
The council was told to arrange for the immediate removal of the material under licensed conditions. However, a HSE inspection in April 2010, as part of a national initiative monitoring asbestos in a number of local authority controlled schools, found that nothing had been done.This was despite school staff and contractors alike regularly entering the boiler room in the intervening six year period.
Thurrock MP Tim Janman fulfilled his election pledge of moving home to live in the borough, the first Member of Parliament to do so since the mid-1940s. Mr Janman, the first Tory MP for Thurrock since the 1930s, moved into a house in West Tilbury six months after becoming elected and had been accepted for membership of the Chadwell Workingmen’s Club.