We've launched a local version of the popular #MondayMotivation, helping us to showcase all the great work going on in the NHS in south east Essex. We want to show the people delivering services, the positive impact on patients and benefits for staff.
11 June 2018
The SWIFT service
A community respiratory nurse told us how the new service gives her the peace of mind that her patients can stay at home safely, rather than being admitted to hospital. Find out more about the service here.
18 June 2018
Ways to Wellness
Martin, who lives on Canvey Island, told us about how Ways to Wellness, a service which helps to link people up with local groups and activities, has helped him lead a fuller life. Find out more about Ways to Wellness here.
25 June 2018
Dr Krishnan's Surgery, Leigh-on-Sea
Practice manager Tricia Hart tells us the secret of Dr Krishnan's Surgery's success after they were featured in a CQC report about driving improvement in GP practices. Read the report here.
2 July 2018
Stacey and Lucy, patients at Audley Mills Surgery, Rayleigh
Since introducing telephone GP consultations, the practice has been able to deal with 33% more patients, helping to manage the increasing demand for GP services. Patients have the added reassurance of knowing that if a health professional needs to see you then it can be arranged.
9 July 2018
Red Bag scheme
The Red Bag scheme has shown to reduce hospital delays, help stop patients losing personal items and improve communication between care home and hospital staff. It was launched in south east #Essex following collaboration between the CCG, Southend Hospital, East of England Ambulance Service and local care homes. Find out more: https://castlepointandrochfordccg.nhs.uk/news-a…/545-red-bag
16 July 2018
New roles in primary care
Christopher, husband and dad from Benfleet has multiple long term health conditions including (but not limited to) rheumatoid arthritis, COPD, diabetes, mechanical failure of the spine and fibromyalgia. His wife is his carer and mother to two sons and a daughter.
In 2017, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner was introduced in Benfleet, a role that is shared among the five GP practices to support patients, particularly those with long term conditions.
What has the Advanced Nurse Practitioner role meant for Christopher?
“I can’t speak highly enough of the service that we’ve received. Not only has my quality of life improved but my mind set is different, I feel more positive. It’s had a positive impact not only on my life but on the lives of my wife and children too."
23 July 2018
New roles in primary care
Kamal is part of the team at Queensway GP Surgery in Southend. Kamal gives patients the benefit of his expertise around medication, holding clinics for certain long term conditions. This part of a wider strategy to expand the variety of health and care professionals working in GP practices making it quicker to see the right professional at the right time and place.
30 July 2018
Primary care working together
After sudden, unexpected illness led to a gap in staff at Hawkesbury Road GP practice in Canvey, neighbouring GP surgery, Third Avenue were able to step in and support the running of Hawkesbury Road practice, meaning that services to patients were unaffected.
6 August 2018
Using new technology in primary care
All GP practices across Southend, Castle Point and Rochford are being offered free technology that gives healthcare professionals a quick and simple way to identify people with irregular heart rhythms quickly and easily.
Using a compatible smartphone or tablet device, the new mobile ECGs can record the electrical activity of the heart through a person’s fingertips. Small and easy-to-use, NHS staff can also take the devices on home visits and allow more staff in more settings to quickly and easily conduct pulse checks.
The mobile devices provide a far more sensitive and specific pulse check than a manual check and this reduces costly and unnecessary 12 lead ECGs to confirm diagnosis. As a result, the project aims to identify hundreds of new cases of irregular heart rhythms (known as atrial fibrillation), which could prevent people having life changing strokes.
13 August 2018
Helping patients with COPD stay well
Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) living in Castle Point, Rochford and Southend can now benefit from the roll out of a new health app called myCOPD. The app has been developed with clinicians and is offered to patients through respiratory nurse specialists at Southend Hospital or in the community. Find out more about myCOPD here.