PPG Awareness Week June 2018

This week, 4th-9th June is Patient Participation Awareness Week. PPG Awareness Week aims to promote the role and benefits of PPGs to patients, the public and health professionals, to create more understanding of the value of true patient participation. The CCG have been working closely with our practice Patient Participation Groups (PPG) from across South Tees to learn Read more

Health Services This Bank Holiday Weekend

Need to access urgent health care services this Bank Holiday weekend? Your GP practice will be closed this Bank Holiday weekend.  If you need to access urgent health care services, call 111 which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, continue to call 999. For more information, visit    

STOMP Poster Competition: Could You Be The Winner?

Children and young people across North East and Cumbria have been invited to enter a poster competition to win vouchers worth £200. Anyone aged 25 and under can enter the competition, which asks participants to design a poster on the STOMP initiative, which stands for ‘stopping over medication of people with a learning disability, autism or both.’ The Read more

An Alternative Way To Get a Consultation With Your GP

NHS England is using technology to empower patients and make it easier for clinicians to deliver high quality care and enabling patients to seamlessly navigate the service as part of its digital transformation strategy. The Online Consultations programme is a contribution towards this ambition. Online Consultations are a way for patients to contact their GP practice without having to Read more

We want your views about Direct Access to Adult Hearing Services

Five health commissioners across Durham and Teesside are working together to re- procure the Direct Access to Adult Hearing Services for Age Related Hearing Loss – Audiology Services and we would like your views to help us do that. The impact of hearing loss in adults can be immense both at a personal and a societal level leading Read more

Information for women aged 70-79

You may not have received a screening invitation Some women aged between 70 and 79 are being offered the opportunity for a breast screen. This is because some women did not receive an invitation for a final screen, as part of the routine NHS Breast Screening Programme. The Breast Screening Programme usually invites women to have a screen Read more

Changes to prescribing for items available ‘over the counter’ will save NHS funds

NHS England has recently published guidance to free up to almost £100 million for frontline care each year by curbing prescriptions for ‘over the counter’ medicines for minor ailments such as those for hay fever and constipation. Curbing routine prescribing for minor, short-term conditions, many of which will cure themselves or cause no long term effect on health, Read more

We Want Your Views On Mental Health Services

South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and four other CCGs in Durham and Tees are working together to deliver an enhanced Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) service that it is consistent across the region with a single point of access. This will mean changing the way that the service is delivered. We would like to gain views Read more

NHS campaign urges people to ‘be prepared’ this Easter

A NHS campaign is urging people to take early action if they start to feel unwell this Easter. The message to ‘be prepared and stay well’ over the holiday period encourages people most at risk, including those with long-term health conditions and the over 65s, to prepare for the Easter holiday period and to know what to do if Read more

Successful NHS 111 service will continue to improve under new contract

The successful NHS 111 telephone helpline in the region will continue to improve, as commissioners agree a new contract for the service it was announced today. Current providers the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust will operate the new service under a five-year contract to start in October 2018. The service operates 24 hours a day, seven Read more