Stay well this summer

GPs in south east Essex are encouraging people to take care as temperatures rise over the summer and reminding them of the most appropriate places to go for treatment if they do become ill.

Summer conditions such as sunburn and dehydration can be easily prevented and treatment is available in south east Essex from health services that may be closer than you think.

New joined-up service to improve diabetes care

This week - 12 to 18 June 2017 – marks Diabetes Awareness Week. Diabetes is a growing challenge to the NHS.  Public Health England Health Profiles report that there are around 73,750 patients registered with diabetes in Essex, with Castle Point and Rochford and Southend residents having the highest reported rates of hypoglycaemia in the East of England region.  With this in mind local health and care organisations have launched a new Integrated Diabetes Service to improve services, patient experience and reduce ill health. 

Update on Friday’s cyber attack

NHS Southend CCG and NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG have been working together, along with partners across the local health system, to manage the risks to NHS systems caused by Friday’s cyber-attack.

As a result of the swift action taken on Friday and over the weekend, the impact the attack had on local systems has been minimal and all GP practices across Castle Point, Rochford and Southend remained operational with only a few minor issues reported from some practices.

Our incident team continues to work across the system to offer support and advice as required.

Advice for patients

If you have a hospital appointment you should still attend unless you are contacted and told not to.

GP surgeries are open as usual. If you have an appointment you should still attend unless contacted by your surgery and told not to.

People should continue to use the NHS wisely.  Remember patients can seek help and advice from a range of other sources, such as pharmacies.

Bearing in mind the impact of the global cyber attack we would urge people to be patient with staff who may still be dealing with disruption.

 

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