Healthcare services over the Christmas period

Residents of Castle Point and Rochford will benefit from bank holiday GP appointments over the Christmas period, with 20 of the 25 GP practices in the area offering an extended service.

Pre-booked bank holiday appointments will be available through a local GP federation called GP Healthcare Alliance at two hubs in Rayleigh and Benfleet.

The extended service will operate on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December between 9am and 2pm and on Monday 2 January between 10am and 3pm. Ask at your GP practice for more information.

More support for expectant or new mums announced

Pregnant women and new mothers across Essex with mental health problems are to receive more care and support, thanks to plans drawn up by local clinicians.

New funding has been made available that will see the creation of an improved service in north Essex and an expansion of services in south Essex for expectant or new mums with mental ill health such as post natal depression.

Mid and South Essex STP published

The Mid and South Essex Success Regime has published a “sustainability and transformation plan” (STP), which proposes radical changes in health and care over the next five years.

The plan is not yet final. People are invited to have their say over the next few months before the plan is finalised in 2017. Any proposed major service changes are subject to further national checks and formal public consultation in 2017 before any final decision.

The STP and a summary version is available from the Success Regime website www.successregimeessex.co.uk.

In summary, the plan is to:

  • Do more to help people stay well for longer
  • Join services together – physical and mental health, hospital, community and social care - to provide more care closer to people and help people avoid having to go to hospital
  • Redesign the three main hospitals in mid and south Essex to meet rising demands with the right number of doctors and nurses. By working together as a group, the three hospitals in Basildon, Chelmsford and Southend could provide some of the best quality emergency and specialist care in the country.
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