New Services

GP Care Advisers are attached to some GP surgeries in North East Essex who facilitate people to access social care, welfare benefits and self-help support and visit them in their homes helping patients and carers.  Referrals can be made by your GP, the practice nurse, district nurse, relatives, friends or of course yourself.

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Harlow – Drop-In for Carers. Princess Alexandra Hospital planning more support for carers via drop-in service and more integration of voluntary sector services.  See Drop-In Service Princess Alexandra Hospital article (articles page) and PAH Drop In Flyer.

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ECC launch App – to signpost you to local support services and advice on healthy living, called Lifestyle Essex

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New initiative, Colchester Hospital.  A dedicated community development worker deployed within the Trust 3 days a week for befriending, signposting patients to community service once they leave hospital (pilot) and other services to support the patient funded by the Trust and Colchester Community Voluntary Services.

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Local continence services – NHS continence clinic database; the Bladder and Bowel Foundation clinic facility provides local information on NHS and private continence services. For details on local continence services contact the B&BF office on 01536 533255

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Drop-In Service at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow.  Free Service to help address unmet social needs for vulnerable groups – covering advice on debt, benefits, housing available in the hospital via Family Mosaic Weds 10am-12 noon.  The hospital trust is working on offering other advice too (i.e.for family carers) and at ward level, via the voluntary sector … Continued

New Information Form (IAM).  New patient held and owned record of frail, vulnerable and at risk patients holding medical / personal details, also to record hopes / wishes for future care.   Forty three of Mid Essex’s GPs 48 practices have signed up to enhanced service and committed to using the Information About Me (IAM) form … Continued

New Resources Tool from Carers UK

“Your UPFRONT Guide to Caring” – Simple tool for carers who are new to the maze of benefits and entitlements. ww.carersuk.org 0808 8008 7777

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Residential Reablement reduces need for long term care from hospital.  If your elderly relative is not offered it, ask about it.  If there is any problems with finding out about it let WhereIsTheCare know. County-wide help is now available for residents who need a little extra support regaining skills and confidence lost as a result … Continued