What to do when your child is ill

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Parents, grandparents and carers in mid Essex are invited to free NHS events aimed at providing information and advice about common childhood illnesses.

The afternoon and evening workshops, taking place in Chelmsford, Braintree and Maldon next month (November) accompany the launch of an information guide giving advice on common illnesses for children aged from birth to 11.

Local GPs and pharmacists will be on hand at the events to go through some popular scenarios regarding child health and give advice on ‘what to do and when’.

The events and the new childhood illness guide have been developed by Mid Essex CCG in a bid to give parents, grandparents and carers more information and support.

In 2015/16, the CCG spent more than £1 million in relation to children attending Broomfield Hospital A&E where no treatment was given – just advice only. The projected cost for advice given in A&E could increase this year (2016/17) to £1.8 million.

Dr Caroline Dollery, Chair of Mid Essex CCG and a GP in Danbury, said: “When a child falls ill, a lot of parents and carers naturally become very anxious and unsure about what they should do or which health service to access.

“Our childhood illness events aim to help local parents feel more in control and to feel supported. We want parents, grandparents and carers to know signs to look out for connected to some of the more common childhood illnesses and what to do for help and support if they need it.” 

As well as having local GPs and practice nurses’ speak at the events, there will also be a demonstration from the St John’s Ambulance community first responders.

The events are free to attend. To reserve your place please use links below.


Chelmsford  (Afternoon):

Chelmsford (Evening):


Monday 21st November 2016 Plume Community Academy, Fambridge Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6AB 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 Marconi Social Club, Tydemans
off Beehive Lane, Chelmsford,
Essex, CM2 9FH
12:30pm to 2:00pm
Tuesday 22nd November 2016 Tabor Academy Panfield Lane, Braintree, Essex, CM7 5XP 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Thursday 24th November 2016 Newslands Spring Primary School, Dickens Place, Newslands Spring, Chelmsford, CM1 4UU 6:00pm to 7:30pm