Chairman’s Blog

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


Services over Easter and Marske Medical Practice

As the Easter weekend approaches you may need to access health services if you are unwell. If your GP practice is closed and you need urgent medical attention please dial 111, if it is an emergency please call 999. Hopefully you will already be aware of the changes that came into place to urgent care services from 1 Read more


Help and advice when you need it

Many of you will have seen the ITV program about the increase in people in the north having to use loan sharks for financial assistance. As a CCG we are committed to improving the lives of our communities.  Did you know that people across Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland can access free and confidential advice relating to welfare Read more


Changes are coming to urgent care from 1 April

New Leaflet All households in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland will shortly be receiving a bright yellow leaflet through your letterbox that tells you about the changes. Look out for it and please keep it safe. The leaflet says: We listened to the views of local people in our public consultation in January 2016. We are now making it Read more


Time to think

Driving along to work listening to local radio coming down Ormesby Bank  reminded me that it is coming up to a year since Teesside was saddened to hear about the loss of Alastair Brownlee, radio presenter, and ‘Boro’ advocate in every sense of the word. As many of you will remember Ali had bowel cancer. His family were Read more