Essex County Council

Hertfordshire County Council


West Essex Pharmacies Open on Christmas Bank Holiday 2017

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HS West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is encouraging people to self-care where possible and to use the new Health help Now web site and app to get guidance and advice and to find the right service for their needs.

Residents in Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford can access the site online at or download it from the App Store or Google Play.

When a 999 call doesn’t mean a trip to hospital

The early intervention vehicle team

A 999 call for an ambulance doesn’t always result in a trip to hospital for elderly people in east and north Hertfordshire.

The ‘early intervention vehicle’ scheme sends special vehicles staffed by a senior paramedic from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS trust and an occupational therapist, physiotherapist or social worker from Hertfordshire County Council to assess people who have fallen at home.  Assessments take at least an hour and 80% of people can stay at home with the extra help that is immediately arranged.


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