Friday 27th October 2017, 9.30-4.00pm

The Colvin Memorial Temple

7 Holland Road, CO5 6EG




We are delighted to be returning to Clacton for our fourth annual event and are greatly indebted to the Rotary Club for their generous sponsorship and to the Clacton Masons for free use of their Temple.  This sponsorship allows us to provide FREE PSA blood tests to detect Prostate Cancer at an early, curable stage.

Prostate Cancer is the commonest major cancer in UK men and second commonest cause of cancer deaths with over 47,000 registrations and over 11,000 deaths each year.  This is one of the highest death rates in the world and these statistics are very similar to those for breast cancer yet we have no national screening programme.  Although nearly all current major national and international urological guidelines recommend PSA-based screening programmes, NHS provision remains patchy and only 10% of UK men actively seek screening.  Our objective is to fill this gap by raising awareness and providing PSA testing for appropriately counselled men.


We recommend screening should start in a man’s forties, especially for men with a family history of prostate cancer or breast cancer on his mother’s side and especially for black African or Caribbean men who have a 1 in 4 lifetime risk of Prostate Cancer.  Being in a screening programme can halve the risk of dying from Prostate Cancer!


At our Rotary event last year 13 out of 98 men tested had an abnormal PSA.  Colin, aged 63, was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and writes “I had no symptoms and hence cannot praise enough the CHAPS event.  I feel very fortunate that it was caught at an early stage”.  After successful curative surgery Colin now feels “Absolutely 100%!”. 


We believe it is essential that the positive information on Prostate Cancer Screening is broadcast and known as widely as possible and thank the Rotary Club and Masons for helping us achieve this in Clacton.




Clinicians urge smokers to stub out smoking this Stoptober

Clinicians across north east Essex say there are strong health and financial benefits to stop smoking.

It follows the launch of the Stoptober stop smoking campaign - the national 28 day challenge that takes place during October - which gives subscribers access to a range of free tools including daily emails, Facebook and text messages to kick the habit.

Clinicians say quitting brings lifestyle and health benefits, like improvements in breathing and fitness, better levels of taste and smell as well as improvements to the appearance of skin and teeth.  According to experts at the Live Well campaign, the average smoker has 13 cigarettes a day, which works out as 364 cigarettes a month. That's £141 a month and £1,696 a year that you could be saving by not smoking.**

Clacton GP Dr Prashant Arora said: “Stop smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health.  As soon as you stop, you will start seeing and feeling the benefits to your health and your lifestyle.

“It’s never too late to kick the habit and quitting success rates are currently at their highest level ever recorded. If you can stop smoking for 28 days it’s widely reported that you are five times more likely to quit for good.”

In addition to the website, there is a mobile phone app which includes plenty of tips and advice – all designed to help increase your chances to stop smoking.

For more information, please visit the CCG’s website –  or call the free Smokefree National Helpline on 0300 123 1044.

NEECCG GP Commissioning Committee Public Meeting

The next meeting in public of the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) GP Commissioning Committee will take place next Wednesday (11 October).


Representatives from the CCG and NHS England will be attending – and you are welcome to come along to hear discussions and ask questions.


The committee, which meets in public between 4pm and 5pm on 11 October, discusses the planning, buying and monitoring of primary care – GP services – across Colchester and Tendring.


This process, called commissioning, is carried out jointly by NHS England and North East Essex CCG.


The meeting will take place at North East Essex CCG's offices at Aspen House, Stephenson Road, Severalls Business Park, Colchester, CO4 9QR.


(Please note, visitor parking at Aspen House is limited. There is alternative parking at Balkern Gate, Ipswich Road, Colchester CO4 9WP – if parking there, access to Aspen House is past the barrier behind the Premier Inn).


The meeting papers and agenda will be available via the following link later this week (click on “Library” then “GP Commissioning Committee”).



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