Healthwatch Wider Health News

  • Local GPs are encouraging local people, particularly those in high risk groups, to get their free NHS flu vaccine to help protect them from flu and its potentially serious complications. Click here for more information about the flu vaccination.
  • Healthcare leaders across Mid and South Essex have joined forces to provide a guide to three common childhood health issues so that parents and carers can self-treat, visit their GP, or call NHS 111, and know what to do in an emergency. The illnesses are: head injury, diarrhoea & vomiting and bronchiolitis. Click here to view the guides.
  • Work to build a £7 million state-of-the-art specialist centre for cardiac and radiology procedures will soon be under way at Colchester Hospital as planning permission has been granted. Click here to find out more.
  • Geraldine Rodgers, Deputy Chief Nurse at Basildon & Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group is calling on everyone involved in healthcare to set at least one goal to help improve the experience for patients. Click here to find out how you can get involved and make your #PatientSafety2020Pledge. 
  • The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex is investing in training to help the community to spot the signs of domestic abuse taking place around them. The free training is being offered across the county. For more details and to sign up to receive the training, click here.
  • New data shows NHS mental health trusts are restricting services for children unless they are severely unwell. The reduced community services and rising mental health issues among Britain’s youth have fuelled a 330% surge in crisis admissions at hospital emergency departments. Read about the data here.
  • Click here to read how some GP surgeries are investigating the use of group sessions with a doctor rather than a one-to-one appointment.