Chairman’s Blog

Back from holiday

Firstly, thank you to my colleagues who provided guest blogs whilst I was away. As a change from the usual  trip to Scotland, I am lucky enough to be just back from a trip to Canada and America. Much to my daughter’s embarrassment, I did  take several snaps of a variety of health messages.  On the  wall of Read more


Living longer

Guest Blog by Dr Raj Khapra Thanks to the NHS and modern medicine we all are living longer. There are consequences for individuals, families NHS and social services. Ageing comes with increased risk of heart attack, stroke osteoporosis and dementia on one hand, and has led to changes in retirement age on the other. Health is a  result Read more


Developing our Patient and Public Advisory Group (PPAG)

My name is Caroline Gitsham and I recently became a Lay Member for Public and Patient Involvement for the CCG.I had the pleasure this week of hosting a guest blog for the CCG and I wanted to share with you details of our Patient and Public Advisory Group and encourage local people to sign up to MY NHS. Read more


Let’s talk about breastfeeding

Breastfeeding – it’s the in thing to talk about. The 25th World breastfeeding celebrations will be held right at the beginning of August and in England we have just had our national breastfeeding celebration week with a focus around breastfeeding support. To breastfeed successfully mums need support from pregnancy right to the early weeks and months; it’s so valuable to Read more


Learning Disability Awareness Week

This week is Learning disability awareness week from 19th -25th June and this is an opportunity that we could not miss to support the week and raise awareness. The focus of the campaign this year is around employment . Did you know that around 8 in 10 working age people with a learning disability have one that’s mild Read more


A few moments of discomfort could save lives

Next week it is cervical cancer screening awareness week and I must not miss an opportunity to remind all those girls who have received an invite to go for their smear test to make an appointment to get it sorted. The test is not looking for cancer, it is looking for  any changes in the cells that might Read more


Summer Helping Hand

Summer is now with us and we have had plenty of sun this week. So of course I need to remind you all to take care to enjoy the hotter weather by being sun aware, using a high factor sunscreen, keeping your head covered, avoiding the midday sun and also keeping yourselves well hydrated. If you are a Read more


Cyber Attack

I need to extend thanks to all those who were impacted by the Cyber Attack last week. We can reassure the population of South Tees that the virus did not infect any of the computer systems in general practice or any of our local hospitals nor the mental health trust. There was however some disruption whilst the computer systems Read more


Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week

Guest blog by Simon Gregory, director of finance It’s Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week and as the Equality and Diversity Strategic Lead for NHS South Tees CCG I’ve been allowed a guest spot on the CCG Blog. I wanted to share why promoting equality and diversity is important to myself and the CCG. We commission health services Read more


Coping with exam stress

It’s that time of the year again where students are revising and sitting exams.  This can be a stressful time for students and parents alike but remember it’s normal to feel a little bit of stress, some level of stress can help you focus; though too much of it can make you feel overwhelmed or out of control Read more