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ECCH nurse awarded top prize
A local district nurse has been awarded a top prize by the Queen’s Nursing Institute.
Leigh Hewitt, District Nurse and Clinical Educator at East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH), has been awarded the Philip Goodeve-Docker Memorial Prize by the Queen’s Nursing Institute.
New Chief Executive for East Coast Community Healthcare
Former BT Transformation Director Ian Hutchison has taken over as the new chief executive of East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH).
New CEO appointed
East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) has appointed former BT Transformation Director Ian Hutchison as its next chief executive.
He will take over from current chief executive Jonathan Williams when he retires in April after six years running the social enterprise, which provides NHS community health services across Norfolk and Waveney.
Calling all former healthcare professionals – the NHS needs you!
Calling all former healthcare professionals – the NHS needs you!
The Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership (NWHCP) are creating a unique community of reservist healthcare professionals to support the NHS in delivering its flu vaccination programmes, and to prepare for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Local people asked for help to design a campaign around future care preferences
The national Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) initiative launched in Norfolk in March 2020, just before the UK went into lockdown due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Although take up of ReSPECT has started there is still the need to raise awareness among the public about the initiative, and encourage everyone to start thinking about having ‘the conversation’.
Beccles Hospital Hearing Aid Battery Notice
If you usually collect new batteries for your hearing aids from Beccles Hospital please phone 01502 719800 instead of making a personal visit and we will arrange for your batteries to be delivered to you.
Healthwatch Suffolk Survey
Healthwatch Suffolk has launched a new project asking people what it’s like to live in our local care/nursing homes. Two surveys have been created - one for residents to complete and one for friends or relatives to complete. The links to these are: Residents survey Friends or relatives survey All responses are anonymous. For more information about the project, includi ...
Shortlist for Award
A Lowestoft-based healthcare organisation has been shortlisted for a national award that recognises how its status as a staff owned organisation makes an impact on its business and in the communities it serves.
Award for ECCH research into the impact of warmer homes on our health
Research by East Coast Community Healthcare into the impact of warm homes on people’s health and wellbeing has won the organisation a prestigious award. The social enterprise, which provides NHS services in Norfolk and Waveney, was awarded the RISE (Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise) award for Social Value by the Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design Soci ...
ECCH Change Makers’ Beach Clean Ups
ECCH’s Change Makers organised two litter picks to help keep some of their favourite local beaches clean and tidy.
Teams spent two hours after work at both North Denes Beach in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Beach. Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Waveney Norse provided equipment for them to use and they removed many bags of rubbish. More litter picks are now being planned.
Launch of new ‘Personal Wheelchair Budgets’ for Great Yarmouth and Waveney area
NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group, who commission NHS services, and East Coast Community Healthcare, who deliver the Wheelchair Service, are hosting the events on Tuesday 13th August at East Norfolk Sixth Form College and Wednesday 14th August at Lowestoft Sixth Form College.
Waveney nurses receive special honour
Two staff at East Coast Community Healthcare have been awarded the title of Queen’s Nurse by the community nursing charity The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).
New ME/CFS clinic opens in Aylsham
A new clinic has opened in Aylsham offering advice and support to people with ME/CFS, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.
New Palliative Day Care Service in Beccles
East Coast Community Healthcare and its partner provider of specialist palliative care, St Elizabeth Hospice, are launching a day care service in Beccles.
New community services to launch as £207m contract begins
East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) will provide extra community services and specialist palliative care to adults across Great Yarmouth and Waveney from Monday (1 April) when a new £207m contract begins.
Health Watch - What would make the NHS work better for you?
Patients and carers across Norfolk and Waveney are being asked what’s important to them when it comes to the health and care they receive from local NHS services.
Prince's Trust Trainees celebrate success
Twelve young people from The Prince’s Trust are celebrating after successfully completing a training course with East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH).
Top results for flu vaccinations
East Coast Community Healthcare has topped the tables as the highest performing community health organisation in the country for staff flu vaccinations, and also the highest performing healthcare organisation in the eastern region for the third year running.
Patients vote MSK Triage Service a Success
A new service for patients in Great Yarmouth and Waveney, which assesses and treats conditions affecting joints, bones and muscles, has reduced hospital waiting times and received praise from service users.
Residents of Somerleyton in Suffolk are better equipped to cope if someone in the village suffers a heart attack thanks to help from East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH).
Patients across Great Yarmouth and Waveney will benefit from improved adult community services and specialist palliative care after a contract to deliver the new services was awarded to East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH).
National Elf Day
Nurses and therapists at Beccles Hospital proved they were all in good ‘elf’ to raise money for charity, while their ECCH colleagues in Lowestoft called it a wrap.
Health Coaching Award
East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) has won an award for introducing coaching techniques into consultations with patients and clients in order to improve their care and health outcomes.
Public Service Mutual of the Year Runner-Up
Public Service Mutual of the Year Runner-Up East Coast Community Healthcare has been voted runner-up Public Service Mutual of the Year in the prestigious UK Employee Ownership Association (EOA) awards. ECCH was also highly commended in the category of Employee Ownership Culture Award. The awards, which are run by the EOA and sponsored by Baxendale, celebrate the significan ...
A team of intrepid staff from East Coast Community Healthcare have scaled new heights to raise money for a Lowestoft charity which supports new babies.
Staff Awards recognise commitment
Community nurses from East Coast Community Healthcare who ‘went the extra mile’ to ensure the highest quality care for their patients helped to win their team a major accolade at the organisation’s staff awards ceremony.
Finalist for two national awards
East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) has been shortlisted for two national awards that recognise its status as a staff owned organisation.
Silver Sunday at Beccles Hospital
East Coast Community Healthcare’s staff at Beccles Hospital held a tea party for patients to mark Silver Sunday.
Support group launches for families of premature babies
Parents of premature babies had a chance to meet and chat about their experiences when a new support group launched in Lowestoft thanks to a partnership between East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) and Suffolk Libraries.
ECCH shortlisted for two national awards
East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) has been shortlisted for two prestigious national awards.
Support Group for Families of Premature Babies
East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) has joined with Suffolk Libraries to set up a new support group for families with premature babies.
Families celebrate at ECCH beach party
Young parents and their children had fun in the sun at a special beach party organised by East Coast Community Healthcare’s Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) in Lowestoft.
More to benefit from Early Intervention Vehicle
An innovative project is set to help even more people to remain at home following a 999 call after NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) agreed to fund an early intervention vehicle permanently.
Lowestoft Infant Healthy Eating Cafe Launches
Health Visitors at East Coast Community Healthcare have set up a special café in Lowestoft to advise families on healthy eating for babies and toddlers in a bid to fight the rise in childhood obesity.
Patricia Hewitt visits ECCH
Former Secretary of State for Health Patricia Hewitt praised the passion of staff at East Coast Community Healthcare when she visited the social enterprise in Lowestoft in her role as independent chair of the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership
New service for MSK patients
ECCH is running a new service for patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
The new triage service is designed to make sure patients with joint, muscle, ligament and bone problems receive fast, effective help and was launched thanks to an investment of £300,000 from NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Our Prince's Trust trainees celebrate
A group of young people from The Prince’s Trust are celebrating after successfully completing a six week training course with East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH).
Top Results for Flu Vaccinations
East Coast Community Healthcare is the highest performing community health organisation in the east of England for staff flu vaccinations for the second year running.
More Prince's Trust trainees welcomed
ECCH has welcomed a second group of trainees from The Prince’s Trust who are keen to follow careers in the health sector.
Smokefree Norfolk success
A group of staff at a Great Yarmouth marine engineering company have quit smoking together thanks to specialist support from Smokefree Norfolk.
Life-saving equipment for running club
East Coast Community Healthcare has donated a new defibrillator to a local running club after one of their members collapsed at an event.
Hospital staff save patients' Christmas lunch
Quick thinking staff from East Coast Community Healthcare saved patients’ Christmas lunch when they spotted a freezer at Beccles Hospital had broken on Christmas Eve.
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