New specialised urology centre services commences

The new specialised urological surgery cancer service has welcomed its first patients at Southend Hospital as planned in April.

Clinicians and managers from Essex hospitals have developed and agreed a new model for the service with commissioners, which incorporates feedback from patients and improvements to patient information.

The plans affect around 150-200 prostate, bladder and kidney cancer patients a year in Essex who need the most specialised urological surgery to treat their cancer. The changes will ensure the service meets national standards and lead to improved outcomes for local cancer patients.

GP online services: have you signed up yet?

GP online services are available at surgeries across Basildon, Brentwood, Billericay and Wickford to help people better manage their health.

These services enable patients to book GP appointments and request repeat prescriptions via their computer, smartphone or tablet at a time that suits them, anywhere, anytime – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Patients who require repeat prescriptions can request these from the comfort of their own home, rather than venturing out in cold or wet weather to drop their request off at the surgery. You will also be able to review which medication you should be taking, the dosage and when it should be taken – helping to improve your understanding of your medication.

If you want to register for GP online services you will need to fill out a form at the surgery.

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