MEDICAL negligence solicitors, Blackwater Law have reviewed data published by NHS England that reveals that only 40.9% of patients at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust were receiving treatment for cancer within the current 62-day waiting time during May 2020. This figure is significantly below the current NHS target of 85%. There are […]
A LOOK at excess death rates has created a false impression that Thurrock has seen an extremely high number of excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic. Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that excess deaths in Thurrock peaked in the week ending 17 April with 286% more deaths than usual. However those figures […]
IN MAY, we asked Thurrock Council a number of questions regarding a care home in their charge, Collins House in Corringham. We first started researching the piece back in April. At the time, there were concerns (in care homes all over the country) regarding residents returning from hospital without being tested for Covid-19. There were […]
BEING obese or overweight puts you at greater risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19, experts say after examining existing studies. The review of evidence by Public Health England found excess weight put people at greater risk of needing hospital admission or intensive care. And the risk grew substantially as weight increased. The release […]
A MOTHER and daughter duo have worked together to come up with a unique way of supporting NHS workers whose mental health has been affected by the stress of dealing with Covid-19. Taaya Marjorie Griffith, a leading illustrator who lives in Chafford Hundred, Essex, and her mother, retired teacher Naomi Lumutenga, who lives in Maidstone […]
Dear Sir/Madam WE’VE all felt the strain of lockdown these past few months, which means that looking after our physical and mental health is extremely important. At the British Heart Foundation (BHF), we see it as our responsibility to help people to keep their hearts healthy, which is why we’re asking the nation to take […]
CHILDLINE have seen a surge in children aged 11 and under reaching out with mental health concerns. Since the start of lockdown, Childline have delivered almost 22,000 counselling sessions, including almost 2,000 with children aged 11 and under, an increase of 37% from data prior to lockdown. The pandemic has had a significant effect on […]
ST. MODWEN HOMES, the housebuilder behind the 230-home Bennetts Fields development in South Ockendon, have donated £20,000 to Thurrock Community and Voluntary Services (CVS) to support vulnerable residents through the Coronavirus pandemic. Thurrock CVS have formed a partnership with Thurrock Council to establish a community response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thurrock Coronavirus Community Action (TCCA). […]
VISITS to A&E in Essex have started to increase, but are still well down on the figures from a year before Covid-19 struck. But it is the drop in cancer referrals that have been the most stark and that has increased concerns that people are not getting the treatment they need. While there were 15,489 […]
HEALTH Secretary Jeanne Freeman announces that the breast cancer screening programme, paused since 20 March because of the coronavirus pandemic, will resume. Anyone invited for a screening before services were halted, or who wasn’t able to attend, or had their appointment cancelled for any reason, will receive a letter in the coming weeks. If an […]
A NEW drive to increase HIV testing in Thurrock has been launched by the UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity, Terrence Higgins Trust.
Delays to cancer diagnosis and treatment due to coronavirus could cause up to 35,000 excess deaths in the UK
DELAYS to cancer diagnosis and treatment due to coronavirus could cause up to 35,000 excess deaths in the UK within a year in a worst case scenario, research suggests reports the BBC.
ON 4th July 2020 at midday, Purfleet in Essex was officially renamed Purfleet-on-Thames. This follows a two- year campaign by Purfleet-on-Thames Community Forum led by vice chair Trevor Batchelor.
THURROCK Mp Jackie Doyle Price rose (virtually) in the House of Commons to ask a question about influenza. Miss Doyle-Price said: “To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he is having with representatives of the pharmacy sector to ensure preparedness for the 2020 flu season; and if he will […]
KEY workers in SS17 on the front-line saving lives in the fight against coronavirus can benefit from free services for their bikes thanks to Hardie Cycle Hub at Hardie Park in Stanford le Hope which has joined a scheme run by Cycling UK.
THERE was a surge in Essex Covid-19 deaths around three weeks after thousands flocked to the county’s beaches, new data shows.
THIS week (15-21 June) is Learning Disability Week and the focus this year is the importance of friendships during lockdown.
Covid-19 has been a time of continuous concern and change for all of us,
WHEN told he had to go onto a ventilator, Pastor Peter Nembhard, 52, of Grays, thought he was going to die after he was admitted to Basildon Hospital with Coronavirus in the beginning of April.
A NURSE who spent weeks fighting coronavirus has praised her colleagues at Southend who helped support her on her journey to recovery.
BUT Thurrock followed closely behind with the number of excess deaths 185 per cent above levels usually expected.
THE NHS is seeking views of local people and communities to better understand how to support people during the Coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
YOUNG patients are now being welcomed with familiar cartoon characters on facemasks of paediatric therapies staff at Basildon Hospital,
VULNERABLE people in England and Wales advised to stay home since the coronavirus lockdown began will be able to go outdoors again from Monday.
IMAGINE being told you have covid-19 and need a ventilator. You’ve seen it in the news, so you know what that could mean. Frightened, you spend the next few minutes hurriedly sending a text message to your sister and mum, saying your goodbyes