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Measles Outbreak

Please be advised that there is currently an outbreak of measles in the locality. As such, we will need to take extra care/precaution in managing patients that may have symptoms of measles.

If you have any of the normal symptoms, please contact the surgery for an initial telephone consultation. If a face-to-face appointment is booked it may be set for a time of day when the surgery is less busy and, on arrival at the surgery, you may be asked to sit in a separate room/area of the surgery for the safety of the other patients in the waiting area.

Please do not be alarmed, this is to prevent further spreading of the disease.

Please visit the NHS.uk measles page for more information on the disease by clicking the link below –

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/measles/

Thank you,

The Oddfellows Hall and St Clements Health Centre Team.

 

Thurrock Health Hubs

 

 

Can’t find the time to see a GP or nurse during normal surgery hours? Why not visit the Thurrock Health Hubs.

 

The health hubs are open every weekday evening from 7-9pm and on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9am - 12pm. Each hub offers GP and nurse appointments except for the Fobbing Hub which provides Physiotherapy appointments five days a week.

 

If you would like to attend a health hub, you must book an appointment with your usual GP surgery, there is no drop-in service.

 

A GP and nurse are available at each of the hubs at the following times:

 

Date

Location

Opening hours

Week Days

Corringham
Grays
Purfleet – Mon/Wed/Fri
South Ockendon – Tues/Wed/Thurs
Tilbury

7pm to 9pm
7pm to 9pm
7pm to 9pm
7pm to 9pm

7pm to 9pm

Saturdays

Corringham
Grays
Purfleet
South Ockendon
Tilbury

9am to 12 noon
9am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm
9am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm
9am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm
9am to 12 noon

Sundays

Corringham
Grays
South Ockendon
Tilbury

9am to 12 noon
9am to 12 noon
9am to 12 noon
9am to 12 noon

 

The Health Hubs are located in:                                  

Corringham: Neera Medical Centre, Stanford-Le-Hope, SS17 0BY

Tilbury: Sai Medical Centre, 105 Calcutta Road, Tilbury, RM18 7QA

Grays: Thurrock Community Hospital, Long Lane, Grays, RM16 2PX

South Ockendon: Bluebells Surgery, Darenth Lane, South Ockendon, RM15 5LP

Purfleet: Purfleet Care Centre, Tank Hill Road, Purfleet, RM19 1SX

Fobbing (Head Office): Thurrock Health Hubs, 33 Fobbing Road, Corringham, Essex, SS17 9BG

 

For more information, visit the hubs’ page on the Thurrock CCG website: http://thurrockccg.nhs.uk/your-health/primary-care/thurrock-health-hubs

 

MOMO Statement Feb 2019

What is the Momo challenge?

Momo is social media account that can be found on Facebook, YouTube and Whatsapp. When a person interacts with the account, they begin to receive pictures of Momo, a terrifying image of a bug-eyed toothless woman. Momo responds almost immediately with threatening messages and violent images to the user. “She” says that she knows personal things about the user and uses fear and threats to challenge the user.
Momo starts with simple challenges like waking up at odd hours of the night or overcoming a fear; then the challenges take on a very sinister turn, such as asking you to post photos or videos of cutting your arms or legs, jumping off of a roof, or other dangerous and risky activities.
As the challenges intensify, the last thing Momo pressures you to do is to commit suicide. If the user fails to accept or pass any of the challenges, Momo sends even more threatening and violent images and texts until the user is coerced into doing the challenge. If none of these pressuring tactics work, Momo threatens to visit you in person, or while you’re sleeping and curse you. This can be terrifying to young kids and teens. Others have reported that when they called Momo for a challenge, they heard screams in the background or other creepy noises.

Why are kids choosing to do this Challenge?

There are many reasons; first and foremost the Momo challenge preys on the vulnerability of our kids. The kids most at risk are those who suffer from depression, anxiety and low self esteem. They may be targeted by other kids to interact with the Momo account as a form of cyberbullying and they do not possess the coping skills to deal with the pressure–both from the challenges and from the bullies.
This challenge is especially dangerous because of the immaturity of children and teens; their brains are still actively developing and going through immense changes. They are much more susceptible to peer pressure and feel an intense desire to keep up with their peers or prove themselves. Teenagers are often curious and can feel as if they are unstoppable; they will engage in risky behavior for attention, to gain popularity, and just for the “thrill of it”.

What can you do?

  • Talk to your kids about the Momo Challenge. Ask them if they know what it is. Have they heard of it? Have they tried it? If they don’t know about it, share the dangers associated with the challenge. Discuss a plan that includes what they can do if they receive a message with the Momo Challenge.

  • Check your child’s phone/ Ipod/computer regularly. The Momo challenge is not the first challenge to encourage kids to participate in dangerous activities (the Slenderman and the Bluewhale challenge are similar challenges that were popular several years ago), and it will not be the last. If your child or teen is engaging in the Momo Challenge, or any other similar challenge, they will probably not volunteer that information to you. Remember you are your child’s greatest protector and you have every right to know the apps your child is using and have every right to check their electronic devices.

  • Keep your relationship with your kids strong and solid. Spend time with them daily, allow them to talk with you about their interests, their friends and their fears. Keep the flow of communication open and consistent. Make sure they know and feel how much you love them.

 

Please click the link or picture below for an information poster from the National Online Safety website with more information on this subject - 

 

Momo Online Safety Guide For Parents

 

IF YOU HAVE ANY WORRIES OR CONCERNS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL THE SURGERY

 

Brand New Drug & Alcohol Carers Support Group

Where and When...

Hardie Park Café
Stanford-le-Hope
SS17 0PB

Meetings held on the last Tuesday every month from 1800 to 2000

 

Please join us...

  • If someone you care for has a drug/alcohol dependency.

  • To gain awareness of the nature of addiction.

  • To learn how individual substances can impact on a persons physical/mental health, social/family life, work/relationships

  • To learn coping strategies.

  • To give and receive the support of peers.

 

This is a new group and members will determine how the group will develop going forward.

 

Hope to see you there.

 

A joint venture between Inclusion Vision (0300 303 1018) and Thurrock Carers Service (01375 659172)

 

Military Veterans - Priority Care

Are you a Military Veteran (Ex-Armed Forces)?

The UK Government has pledged to support Military Veterans with priority NHS care.

Who is defined as a veteran?

'A veteran is someone who has served in the armed forces for at least one day in the regular or reservist forces.'

There are around 4.5m veterans in the UK.

When servicemen and women leave the armed forces, their healthcare is the responsibility of the NHS.

All veterans are entitled to priority access to NHS hospital care for any condition as long as it's related to their service, regardless of whether or not they receive a war pension.

Veterans are encouraged to tell their GP about their veteran status in order to benefit from priority treatment if appropriate. Health related issues for veterans can manifest in a number of ways.

If you are a Military veteran, please let reception, your GP or nurse know so we can update your medical records.

 

January 2019 was Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

Ladies, is your smear test overdue? 1 in 4 women don't attend their smear test. Don’t fear the smear. They aren’t always easy, but they can save your life!

"Until recently, I thought it was just me anxious about smear tests - if anything the #SmearForSmear campaign this year reminded me - you're not alone, don't put it off"

Please be Proactive with your health. Speak to our reception team and book your smear now!

 

Extended Opening Hours



In response to patient feedback, College Health has been considering how we can provide patients more flexibility in access to GP Services and an increased number of available appointments.
In order to offer a wider choice across the week for our patients including ‘out of normal hours’ access, we will now be offering evening sessions from our central Grays location Monday to Friday every week.
We are pleased to advise that from Monday 1st October patients of Oddfellows Hall Health Centre and St Clements Health Centre will have access to appointments across the week not just in core hours 08:00 – 18:30 but up until 20:00 daily.

EVENING SURGERY
Thurrock Health Centre,
55–57 High Street, Grays, RM17 6NB
Monday - Friday
18:30 – 20:00

This is our largest most centrally located surgery in the Grays locality and has good modern facilities, good access and a friendly team.

To book an extended hours appointment and/or if you have any queries, please contact your surgery (Oddfellows Hall Health Centre or St Clements Health Centre) in the usual way either by telephone or in person. Extended Hours Appointments can only be booked through your surgery and not directly at Thurrock Health Centre.

 

 

Tuberculosis (TB)

If you have come into contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with TB and are worried that you might be infected you should not come into the surgery. 

 

If the contact was in the work place then you should ask your employer for clarification of the situation in the first instance. Your employer should have made contact with Public Health England who will normally arrange for someone to visit the workplace to undertake tests of co-workers of the infected person. 

 

If you are not satisfied with your employer’s response or the contact was outside of the workplace then you can either contact Public Health England direct on 0300 303 8537 or via email using the following email address EastofEnglandHPT@phe.go.uk, or you can book a telephone appointment with a GP or ANP to arrange a referral to the specialist TB clinic at Basildon Hospital.

 

SEPSIS IS A RARE BUT SERIOUS COMPLICATION OF AN INFECTION

If your child has any of these symptoms you should take immediate action:-

  • Looks mottled, bluish or pale
  • Is very lethargic or difficult to wake
  • Feels abnormally cold to touch
  • Is breathing very fast
  • Has a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • Has a fit or convulsion

Acting quickly could save your child's life.  If your child has any of these symptoms, dont be afraid to go to A&E immediately or call 999

For more information please click on the link below.

http://www.nhs.uk/sepsis

 

Closed for Training 2nd Tuesday pm each month

On the second Tuesday of the month all GP practices in Thurrock close at 13:00 for Time to Learn training workshops.

If you urgently need medical assistance between 13:00 and 18:30 please call 111. If not urgent please contact the surgery from 0800 the next morning.

If the medical emergency is life threatening call 999.

 

Get online for repeat prescriptions and appointments

Sign up for online services: repeat prescriptions, book or cancel an appointment, check your medical record. Download form or get one from reception. Bring in photo ID and proof of address.

 

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