CVS E-update #248

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Home First

Within mid Essex, there are three areas of current care that Essex CCG would like to change in a bid to offer local people the best outcomes for their health.

In 2018, the CCG plans to introduce a Home First service that will aim to help more people rehabilitate and recover at home after a spell in hospital. They want to maximise the use of two state-of-the-art theatres at Braintree Community Hospital for Orthopaedic surgery At the same time, they would like to change the way beds on Courtauld ward at Braintree Community Hospital are used to help patients to recover after surgery.

Mid Essex CCG are particularly keen to hear from anyone with experience of receiving care in a community hospital, those waiting on CHC assessments and their carers/family and friends. Mid Essex CCG want to find out what you think about plans for Home First and Braintree Community Hospital. There are a variety of ways to get involved in discussions, find out more and share views.

You can come along to several information and listening events across mid Essex. Each event will be attended by a range of health staff and aims to give you the chance to ask questions, share your views and find out more about the plans.

In Chelmsford on Tuesday 7 November from 6:30pm until 8pm at Chapter House, Cathedral Walk, Chelmsford, CM1 1NX.

In South Woodham Ferrers on Monday 22 November from 7pm until 8:30pm at Club Woodham, 5-7 Baron Road, South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5XQ.

Register by emailing: in advance with your preferred event or just come along.

If you would like to share your views or ask questions you can complete a questionnaire online at

If you can’t attend any of the events and would like more information please contact Rachel Harkes, Head of Communications and Engagement on 01245 459414 or via email

Focus on Inter Faith understanding and cooperation

Inter Faith Week 2017 will take place from Sunday 12 November to Sunday 19 November.

Building good relationships and working partnerships between people of different faiths and beliefs is part of the year-round work of many people and organisations across the UK.

Having a special Week provides a focal point, helping to open inter faith activity up to a wider audience so that more and more people are made aware of the importance of this vital work and are able to participate in it.

If you would like to learn more please click here.

Gritter Tales

Last winter the Gritter Lorries of Essex salted more than 100,000 miles of roads in our county. Known affectionately by their drivers by names such as Gritney Spears and Alexander the Grit, up to 62 lorries can be deployed at any one time.

The winter gritting season will start again on Monday 23 October, when drivers will be placed on-call to ensure that the residents and businesses of Essex can travel safely on our roads.

You can read more about the work of the Essex Gritters here.

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