GP appointments at evenings, weekends and Easter bank holidays

Local residents are accessing more evening and weekend appointments with a GP, nurse or healthcare assistant at more convenient times when they call their local practice.

In the period covering April 2018 until March 2019 91% of available weekend and evening appointments were booked in Castle Point and Rochford and 85% of available weekend and evening appointments were booked in Southend. This means an extra 13,586 appointments booked at evenings and weekends in Castle Point and Rochford and an extra 12,322 appointments in Southend locality.

Local NHS urges more people to get screened for Bowel Cancer

NHS Southend and NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Groups will be supporting Bowel Cancer Awareness Month throughout April to encourage more people to be screened.

The latest figures available from Public Health England’s (PHE) show Southend-on-Sea at 53.9% of eligible people being screened (figure for 2018). This is below the regional average (60.0%) and below the national average (59.0%). PHE data shows it is 59.9% for CP&R (figure for 2018). Both these figures have remained similar for each of the last four years. This is thought to be due partly to a reluctance to follow the faecal testing process.

Leadership changes at NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed a new Chair, Dr Sunil Gupta.

Sunil has been a Member of the CCG Governing Body since 2012 and is a clinical lead for a number of areas including mental health and primary care. Sunil brings a wealth of experience having practiced as a local GP for 23 years with many links to a number of organisations including the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), NICE and East of England Clinical Senate.

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