Service changes

Since March 2020 we have made some changes to how we provide community health services in south east Essex. This is in line with national guidance to prioritise particular services while the NHS responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The status of each of our south east Essex community health services as of July 2020 is listed below. This will be reviewed and updated regularly.

Increased services to enable and support people to be discharged from hospital and cared for at home. Face to Face service delivered where no other option is possible. Patient and carer education in place to support capacity. Care plans reviewed for essential care. Virtual support via telephone and digital consultations. Escalation Routes established and access to volunteers established Essex Welfare Service. New referrals are being accepted subject to meeting service criteria.
Patients risk assessed in line with individual clinical need/dependency and prioritised accordingly. Face to face contacts minimised – virtual consultations carried out where possible. Keeping in touch plans in place for appropriate patients. Escalation routes communicated clearly. Welfare reviews and volunteer support made available. New referrals are being accepted subject to meeting service criteria.
Patients waiting are being periodically reviewed and advised that the service is currently unable to offer further support at this time. Referrals are currently not being accepted as unknown when service will be able to restart.
Service Status

Adult Continence Advisory Service Limited
Adult Diabetes Normal
Adult Speech & Language Therapy Limited
Care Coordination Limited
Care Home Education Full/increased service
Collaborative Care Full/increased service
Community OT Full/increased service
Complex Intervention Service Full/increased service
Cumberlege Intermediate Care Centre (CICC) Currently being delivered from Brentwood Community Hospital
Essex Sexual Health Services Limited
Family Nurse Partnership Full/increased service
Heart Failure Limited
Home Oxygen and Spirometry Limited
Immunisation Essex Suspended
Integrated Discharge Team Full/increased service
Integrated Teams – Community Nursing – Adults Full/increased service
Mountnessing Court (MNC) Currently being delivered from Brentwood Community Hospital
Paediatric Asthma and Allergy Full/increased service
Paediatric Community Nursing Full/increased service
Paediatric Continence Limited
Paediatric Diabetes Service Limited
Paediatric Speech and Language Therapy Limited
Palliative Care Full/increased service
Podiatric Day Surgery x 4 Suspended
Podiatry Service Normal for high risk
Respiratory Limited
Sepsis Full/increased service
Single Point of Access Full/increased service
Specialist Paediatric Roles Normal
Specialist School Nursing Limited
Stroke Limited
Stroke – Early Supported Discharge Service Normal
SWIFT Full/increased service
TB Limited
Wheelchair service Limited
Wound Care (Leg Ulcer & TV) Full/increased service