Chairman’s Blog

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Don’t Die Of Embarrassment!

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, did you know that Bowel Cancer is the UK’s second biggest killer cancer. This shouldn’t be the case since it is treatable and curable, especially when diagnosed at an early stage. Early diagnosis for Bowel Cancer and any other types of cancer saves lives. This is the reason why April has been set Read more


Parkinson’s Rightly in the Spotlight

World Parkinson’s Day took place this week on April 11th. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that mainly affects the motor system. The symptoms generally come on slowly over time. Early in the disease, the most obvious are shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking and these progress over Read more


View from our work experience student

I am currently in my first year at Nunthorpe Sixth Form with the hope of studying medicine at university to become a doctor. I was fortunate enough to spend a week’s work experience at both a local GP surgery and the CCG offices.   Whilst at the surgery, I was able to gain an insight into some of Read more


Growing our own

At  a time when the media is full of headlines about how tough things are in the NHS, I was heartened to hear on Radio Tees of local talent still wanting to plan a  profession in the health service. It was great to hear that parents of a Grangetown girl were wishing her well with her A level Read more


Cervical screening saves lives – don’t be the one missing out!

Next week is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (22 – 28 January) so this is a great opportunity to promote the key messages of cervical screening and reinforce the local campaign.   The ‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’ campaign is a joint initiative between NHS England, Middlesbrough Council and other partners.  It has been developed based on what real women Read more


Getting 2018 off to a good start

Happy New Year! For many of us the new year brings thoughts of making resolutions for things you want to do better. It can be hard to achieve those lifestyle changes, be it stopping smoking, getting to a healthy weight, drinking that little bit less, taking more care to keep yourself healthy, getting fit, eating more healthily, taking  time to Read more


Keep well through the holiday period

As things are winding down at the CCG and many are preparing to spend time with families and friends, it is good to pause and think about those who are unwell or will become unwell  over the Christmas and New Year holiday period. When your GP surgery is closed, please ring 111 (free from landlines and mobiles), where Read more


Be prepared for winter

With snow and ice outside it is a good time to think about being prepared for winter. Winter tummy upset viruses (norovirus) are around in the North East, as are other nasty flu like viruses. Protect yourselves by keeping warm, and keep a well-stocked medicines cabinet with paracetamol, or ibuprofen , rehydration salts to ease your symptoms if Read more


Right place, first time!

A new process aimed at getting patients seen in the right place, first time is being introduced across the CCG area from 1 November 2017. The Rapid Specialist Opinion (RSO) process will support GPs to access a specialist opinion to determine the most appropriate next steps in the patients care. Consultants and GPs with a specialist interest are Read more


Mental health in the workplace

It was World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2017 and the theme was ‘mental health in the workplace’. Did you know, 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems this year?  Having someone you can talk with can make a huge difference. So, if someone you know is acting differently, step in. You don’t have Read more