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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.

24 Feb 2021
Our local communities continue to be tested severely by Covid-19, which is sadly still claiming lives. I would like to thank everyone who has already taken the vaccine and those who made it happen, but there’s still a lot to be done.
20 Jan 2021
Our local communities in Barking and Dagenham have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. Not only has this terrible virus impacted on jobs and prevented people seeing their family and friends, tragically it has cost lives.
10 Dec 2020
In Barking and Dagenham we are continuing to vaccinate those in priority groups who are most at risk from flu (such as those with long-term health conditions, the elderly, pregnant women, and young children), but there is now enough vaccine available to offer to residents aged 50 to 64 years old.
29 Oct 2020
Flu kills thousands of people every year. It is an unpredictable virus and it can be a serious illness in young children that leads to complications like bronchitis and pneumonia, and painful ear infections.
29 Sep 2020
In an average year, flu kills 11,000 people and hospitalises tens of thousands more. It is clear that this is anything but a normal year, and we must do all we can to protect ourselves and those around us from the flu.
22 Jul 2020
Living through COVID-19 has been incredibly hard for everyone, but it has also shown that we’re all in this together. As we emerge from lockdown remember that the virus is still here, so we should all do our bit to protect our health and that of our community.
01 Jun 2020
The last few months have been an extremely stressful and worrying time for us all but I want to reassure you that whatever your concern, your NHS is still here for you and it is important you get the help you need.
06 Feb 2020
Looking after your own health at home or visiting your local pharmacy for help and advice could save you an unnecessary visit to your GP practice
14 Nov 2019
It’s that time of year again - winter is here, and with it comes heightened health risks for certain people
03 Oct 2019
10 October is World Mental Health Day, an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our own mental health and perhaps that of those close to us as well
22 Aug 2019
You may have noticed in the news that the number of measles and mumps cases has been rising over the last few years
24 Jul 2019
With the summer holidays upon us, it’s wise to take a moment to look after your health so you can make the most of a warm summer
03 Jun 2019
Next week (10-16 June) is Cervical Screening Awareness Week and I want to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of screening in helping to prevent cervical cancer and to encourage as many women as possible to book their appointment.
25 Apr 2019
Body image issues can affect us all whatever our age or gender. With the rise of social media it s becoming increasingly hard to escape unrealistic images of the perfect body and the pressure to conform can be overwhelming for some.
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.

Page last updated 13 June 2018