Don't let your medicines pile up

Local residents across south east Essex are being asked to only order medicines they need and to not share medications with anyone else.

When taking regular medicines on repeat prescription, it can be tempting to order the same items every time 'just in case' - a quick check in your medicine cabinet is all it takes to avoid a lot of waste.

Wasted prescription medicines cost the NHS around £300m each year - that's a lot of medicines being prescribed for patients but not taken. Residents should let their local pharmacy know if they are receiving too much of regular medicines and take any unused or out-of-date medicines back to them to be disposed of safely – it is important that residents do not give unused medications to anyone else. 

Want to find out more about being a doctor?

Local students invited to a careers talk to find out more about a career as GP

Local doctor, Dr Kashif Siddqui will be giving a free talk at Westcliff High School for Boys, Kenilworth Gardens, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0BP on 19 January 2017 at 7pm about a career as a GP.   All local students and their parents are invited to attend.

Dr Siddqui, who works at Rushbottom Lane, Benfleet, will be discussing:

  • What’s needed - qualifications and beyond
  • What to expect from higher education & post-graduate training –length, content, cost
  • Tips on writing a personal statement
  • Typical starting salary and earning potential / prospects
  • Working hours/patterns
  • Typical day Details about the job e.g. “a day in the life of a ………….”

To secure a place visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/whsb

Join us at our Primary Care Committee meeting in public

NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) took on delegated commissioning of primary care in April 2015. This means that the CCG is responsible for commissioning General Practice services for the population of Castle Point and Rochford.

As part of this the CCG has a Primary Care Co-Commissioning Committee which is a sub-committee of the CCG’s Governing Body established to oversee this additional responsibility. In the interests of openness and transparency, the Primary Care Co-Commissioning Committee will hold its meetings in public starting this month. Members of the public are warmly invited to attend.

The first meeting in public will be held on Monday 16 January 2017 at 1.00pm, at Audley Mills Education Centre, 57 Eastwood Road, Rayleigh SS6 7JF.

Pauline Stratford, Chair of the Primary Care Co-Commissioning Committee said:

“We would like to invite members of the public to attend our meetings and find out more about how we commission GP services for local people. Everyone is very welcome to join us.”

The agenda and supporting papers are available at: http://castlepointandrochfordccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/pcc-meetings/pcc-jan-2017

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