Health & care organisations consider proposals for consultation

Health and care organisations in partnership across mid and south Essex are considering proposals for public consultation at the end of this month on proposals for change in some hospital services.

Subject to the approval of the Joint Committee of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in mid and south Essex, the proposed changes would happen over the next two to five years. They form part of a plan to prepare for a continuing rise in the number of people who need health and care. These proposals build on the benefits from Southend, Broomfield and Basildon hospitals working together as one group to make the most of clinical talent, new treatments and technology and achieve better outcomes and quality of care for patients.

Feedback from the consultation will be considered by the Joint Committee in May 2018.

New figures show thousands “attend A&E unnecessarily”

Non emergency visits to AE

People living in south east Essex are being asked to think twice before visiting A&E - unless their condition is a genuine emergency. New figures suggest thousands of people who visit the A&E department each year did not require any treatment or medical investigation.

The figures, released today by NHS Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), show more than three and a half thousand people attended A&E in the five months between April and August this year who did not require any treatment or medical investigation. This was 1,555 patients between April and June (7% of all attendances) and 2,044 patients between July and August (13% of all attendances).

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