The Macmillan Support Line – more expert support at the end of the phone
call free on 0808 808 00 00, 7 days a week, 8am-8pm (opening times may vary by service), or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/supportline
Trans Youth Support Group
The Trans Youth Support group is a safe place for young trans people and their families to meet, find new friends and get some help and advice.
The group meets every Monday at Basildon Youth Centre in the Town Centre, opposite Toys R Us. The next meeting is on Monday 25 February.
For further information contact Outhouse East on 01206 871394.
The livewell campaign is designed to engage communities, families and individuals with the aim of providing information about all that is on offer in Essex to improve health and wellbeing. There is a real need to collectively find solutions that contribute towards wellbeing in order to reduce the cost to health and social care. All 13 Essex Local Authorities and our partners have come together to collaborate on the health and wellbeing agenda and work towards achieving better health outcomes for people across Essex.
For more information go to: www.livewellcampaign.co.uk
GP Extended Access Bookable Service
There are now more appointments with GP's and nurses available in Brentwood, making it easier for you to get an appointment at a time that suits you in the evenings and weekend. For more information go to - GP Extended Access Bookable Service and download the leaflet.
Southend & Basildon - Blood Test Appointments
Please be aware that the booking line number has changed to: 01702 746065.
You can continue to book your blood test appointments on-line by visiting:-
Southend University Hospital, select 'Patients & Visitors' and select 'Blood Tests'
Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals, select 'Services' and select 'Blood Tests'
The online service is the most user friendly way of obtaining a blood test appointment as it allows you to cancel and move your appointment/s at your convenience.
BRENTWOOD COMMUNITY BUS SHUTTLE TIMETABLE
Please find below information regarding the extended and improved 808 bus shuttle service timetable to Brentwood Community Hospital as from July 2017.
BCH Bus Shuttle Timetable
A new online counselling service for young people.
www.kooth.com is a free, confidential, safe and anonymous way for young people aged 11-26th birthday to ask for help from a team of highly qualified and experienced counsellors and support workers. This is a service that has been commissioned by Southend, Essex & Thurrock CCGs, for all young people who live in Southend, Essex & Thurrock to be able to access.
Kooth.com is a well-established, award winning online counselling agency and is accredited by The British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling (BACP). Founded in 2001, they are leading pioneers of online counselling in the UK, having won a number of prestigious awards.
It is a transformational lifeline that has successfully helped and continues to reach the very vulnerable, many of whom would never have access to face-to-face counselling.
KOOTH service includes:
- drop in chats with counsellors;
- booked 1:1 chats with a counsellor;
- themed message forums;
- secure web-based email;
- articles regarding mental health.
https://xenzone.com/kooth/ for information about Kooth
https://kooth.com/ for the site for young people
TALKBACK is the patient newsletter from Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group.
A copy of the September-October edition can be downloaded on their website at http://basildonandbrentwoodccg.nhs.uk/news-events/patient-newsletter-talkback
In this edition you will find information on:
- Mental Health for young people
- Living with Diabetes event
- 'Low value' medicines: national consultation
- Gynaecological cancer awareness
- Care Navigation Service
- Stoptober – Stop Smoking support
- Motivated Minds
- Flu vaccination
- Health advice for the school year by Dr Sooraj Natarajan
DID YOU KNOW?
The following services are now based at Beechwood
- AAA Scans
- Diabetic Retinal Screening
Alternative Blood Test Venues
You can book a blood test on-line at https://www.swiftqueue.com/
You will be asked to select a clinic - these include Billericay Health Centre and Basildon Hospital. Or you can telephone
Billericay Health Centre: 01702 746511
Basildon & Southend Hospital: 01702 746065
The waiting times are less than currently at Brentwood Community Hospital.
Walk-in Blood Test Venues
Queens Hospital: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Harold Wood Polyclinic: 8:00 am - 12:00 noon
Harold Hill Health Centre: 8:45 - 12:00 noon
Orsett Hospital: 8:00 am - 3:45 pm
St Andrews Centre, Billericay: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Walk-in Xray Service
Brentwood Community Hospital 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
(Monday to Friday Only)
Harold Wood GP Walk-in Centre
Open from 8am - 8pm (including weekends and all public holidays). It is advisable to telephone to check waiting times and availability: Tel 01708 574000.
Treat minor illness and injuries and have x-ray facilities. Any injuries presented to the Walk-in Centre after 7:15pm requiring x-ray will be re-directed to Upney (which closes at 10pm) or Queens Hospital. Alternatively you can return the following day.
Medication: Please be aware that they will only prescribe medication necessary for the treatment of minor illnesses and injuries. There are centain medications they do not prescribe as they should only be obtained from your own GP as they can be both addictive and dangerous in high doeses.
Orsett Hospital - Minor Injuries Unit (MIU)
Provides comprehensive nurse-led service which deals with a wide range of minor injuries. Wound care can be provided either as part of emergency care or when a review of a wound is required.
X-ray facilities are available from Monday to Friday until 4pm.The x-ray facilities available for patients attending MIU are for the shoulder to the fingers and the knee to the toes only. They do not x-ray children under seven years of age due to the complexity of interpreting their results.
They are open Monday to Sunday from 10:00am to 8:00pm. Bank holidays times may vary. Please contact them on 0300 300 1527 before you visit.
NHS 111 Service
111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It's fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.
NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.
When to use 111
- you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency
- you think you need to go to A&E for need another NHS urgent care service
- you don't know who to call or you don't have a GP to call
- you need health information or reassurance about what to do next.