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Thurrock health bosses to host "Tweetathon".

DOZENS of health and care organisations across the south west area of Essex are coming together on Tuesday 22 December 2015 to take part in the first ever #StayWellSwessex Tweetathon.

Throughout the day, the organisations will send a series of Tweets designed to give people information about how to stay well during the winter with advice about where to go for health and care support if they need it.

Hospitals, healthcare providers and commissioners, NHS 111, community pharmacies, the fire and police services, voluntary organisations and other groups have been invited to take part in the Tweetathon. They will be sharing photos and messages about their work on Twitter, creating awareness about what they do and how people can contact them during the winter period.

The campaign which is being led by NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG and Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTUH), aims to raise awareness of the rich variety of local health and care resources and services that can support people to stay well.

Mandy Ansell, (Acting) Interim Accountable Officer, NHS Thurrock CCG, said: “This year’s national winter health campaign ‘Stay Well This Winter’ encourages people, particularly those in ‘at risk’ groups to have the flu jab and to take steps to keep well during the colder weather. What we’re trying to do locally is point people in the right direction of the many different health and care services that are available to people when they need it, often more appropriate than A&E. I’m pleased that so many local partners are taking part in the StayWellSwessex Tweetathon. Please look out for the #StayWellSwessex hashtag on the day and retweet messages to ensure the messages are spread far and wide.”

John Leslie, Interim Chief Officer, NHS Basildon and Brentwood CCG, said: “Winter is a challenging time for our local NHS services. The #StayWellSwessex Tweetathon is a chance for everyone to follow our Stay Well this Winter campaign and gain an insight into the pressures faced locally, particularly in urgent and emergency care services. The A&E Department is there for life-threatening emergencies and we will be reminding people to call NHS111 if they are not sure if it is an emergency so that they can be directed to the right service to meet their needs.”

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