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Chair's column


Our CCG Chair, Dr Jagan John, has a regular health column in the local paper – the Barking and Dagenham Post.  In his column, Dr John offers advice to readers about a wide range of health issues from ensuring they get symptoms checked out early to making sure they use A&E appropriately. You can read Dr John's columns below.

01 Apr 2019

Diabetes is one of the biggest challenges facing the NHS.

24 Jan 2019

 A new year sees many of us committing to improving something about ourselves or to trying something new. 

31 Oct 2018

Winter is on its way and it’s time to get protected against flu.

20 Sep 2018

People are at the heart of what we do in the NHS. That is why we are committed to involving you as much as possible in decision-making about local health services.

28 Jun 2018

In his guest column, Dr Arnold Fertig, Co-chair of the Community Urgent Care Programme Board, provides an overview of the CCG’s consultation around community urgent care services and explains how local people can help shape future provision.


11 May 2018

Mental health is a key issue for our local residents and for the NHS.

28 Mar 2018

Spotting bowel cancer early could save your life.

13 Feb 2018

Children can be a worry at the best of times, and having a poorly youngster to cope with can be particularly challenging – especially if you’re not sure what the problem is. 

05 Jan 2018

Do our feet always get the care and attention they deserve? Probably not in most cases. 

30 Nov 2017

As a local GP, I want to encourage all patients who are entitled to a free flu vaccine to make sure they get it as part of keeping healthy this winter.

18 Oct 2017

As a local GP I know only too well the pressures that the NHS faces both here and across the country at the moment.

13 Sep 2017

Did you know you can now access your GP practice and manage your health online in much the same way as managing other areas of your life, such as banking and shopping?

10 Aug 2017

With the summer holidays here, many of us are hoping for warmer and drier weather so that we can make the most of spending time outdoors. However, it’s important to remember that hot weather can pose a health risk and there are some simple precautions you can take to ensure you enjoy a safe and healthy summer. 

23 Mar 2017

Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, with around one in eight affected at some point during their lives. The earlier it is picked up, the easier it is to treat and the more likely the treatment is to be successful.

16 Feb 2017

Talking Therapies is a free and confidential NHS service which provides support from an expert team who understand the problems and stresses you face every day, and who will work with you to help you feel better.

13 Jan 2017

Patient Online is a convenient and time-saving new online service that allows you to take control of your health at a time that suits you.

Page last updated 13 June 2018