More than 12,000 GP appointments are wasted every month

A new campaign targeting people who don’t cancel their GP appointments starts today across mid and south Essex.

More than 12,000 slots are wasted every month across the patch due to people failing to show up to their surgeries after booking out time with a GP.

GP leaders say the missed appointments are contributing to increased waiting times in practice and could be contributing to more people with minor illnesses going to local A&E departments for treatment.

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should let their local pharmacy know if they are receiving too much of regular medicines and take any unused or out-of-date medicines back to them to be disposed of safely – it is important that residents do not give unused medications to anyone else.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

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