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In conjunction with Essex County Council, the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group are supporting the launch of ‘The Sound Doctor’, a new web based library of 300 film and audio patient information videos designed to help people understand more about some long term conditions which is now freely available to north east Essex residents.

These videos are aimed at those living with or caring for someone with COPD, diabetes, dementia, heart failure, back pain. There are also videos for those considering weight management surgery.

The Sound Doctor videos are full of information people often wished they had   remembered from their GP appointments or that they just forgot to ask, and may help to avoid additional appointments. They provide access to expert advice at home, in peoples own time whenever it suits them.

If you or your family would like to access this large film library, please visit, select your surgery and pop in your postcode - that’s all you have to do!

Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care said; “I was hugely impressed by the range of key conditions covered by the videos, which provide accurate and accessible information, advice and guidance for the viewer. Importantly they can be accessed on a device of an individual’s choosing and at a location they choose, primarily in the comfort of their own home at a time that suits them and their life.”

All the films range from three to five minutes long and are designed to be informative and interesting whilst being short and to the point. All together they offer an extensive education journey for those living with a long term condition.

Dr Hasan Chowhan local GP adds: “Whether you have a long-term condition or caring for someone that does, it’s important to feel confident and informed. The Sound Doctor offers high-quality information to help give you the confidence to manage your own health allowing you to continue your day-to-day life as much as possible”.

The Sound Doctor videos are available 24/7 and you can also hear from other patients who are facing the same conditions.

Please do recommend this resource to your friends and family if you think they will benefit from the information.  As long as they live in north east Essex they will be eligible for free access to The Sound Doctor.



Media enquiries: Please contact the CCG’s Communications team on 01206 918653.