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.


Join Castle Point and Rochford CCG at its Governing Body meeting in public

NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be holding its next Governing Body meeting in public on Thursday 30 March 2017.

Members of the public are warmly invited to attend.

The meeting will be held at 4.00pm at Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, Southend SS2 6UN

The meeting papers are available here.

Local GPs tour local schools to help to recruit more doctors

Dr Mike Saad WHSBLocal doctors across south east Essex are touring schools to help encourage students to consider a career as a doctor.

Over 100 students attended an event last night at Westcliff High School for Boys where Dr Mike Saad, who works at Wakering Medical Centre discussed:

  • What’s needed - qualifications and beyond
  • What to expect from higher education & post-graduate training –length, content, cost
  • Impact of new technology on primary care
  • 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 ………….”
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