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

What To Do If You’re Unwell Over Easter

If you are not feeling well over Easter, please take some time to think about where you should go for help. Many common ailments, such as colds and flu or stomach upsets can be treated without going to GPs or local hospitals. Pharmacists often provide the appropriate help or advice you need so you can enjoy your Easter Read more

Protect your children from poisons: Warning as campaign reminds parents to take smoking right outside

Carbon monoxide, lead, arsenic and benzene are poisons that most of us go out of our way to avoid. But this is the toxic cocktail in tobacco smoke inhaled by smokers and potentially their families in the home and car. That’s the warning from Fresh as the “Secondhand Smoke Is Poison” campaign re-launches this week. The campaign encourages smokers Read more

Mental Health Professional Creates Positive 999 Impact

Since October 2017, a mental health professional has been present in police control rooms to assist dealing with individuals who persistently call 999. The results have been encouraging. Working with other organisations to help individuals, the first three months of data shows that police use of section 136 of the Mental Health Act has fallen by 20 per Read more

Hospitals Sign Pledge To Go Smokefree!

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has signed a national pledge to go smokefree by March 2019. The 12-month countdown officially starts this Wednesday – National No Smoking Day – with the launch of a hard-hitting campaign to stop people smoking in the women and children’s entrance way at The James Cook University Hospital. While the Trust’s hospital Read more

Tips for Quitting on No Smoking Day

Wednesday 14 March marks No Smoking Day – an annual challenge to smokers to make a quit attempt. If you smoke, the chances are you’ve tried to quit before. But it’s not all bad news – the most recent evidence suggests smokers in the North East are making more successful quit attempts than elsewhere in the country. If Read more

Public urged to think twice before attending A&E as the thaw puts pressure on NHS services

Following the severe weather, people across the North East are being urged to stay away from A&E unless they are seriously unwell or in need of critical or life-saving care. Members of the public are being reminded to think before dialling 999 and only call if they have a life threatening emergency.   The plea – from all Read more

Urgent weekend advice for patients, staff and the public from region’s NHS

With the extreme weather across the North East and North Cumbria forecast to carry on this weekend, the region’s NHS has urgent guidance for patients, staff and the public. First of all we must thank all NHS staff for the hard work and dedication. They have continued to work tirelessly to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Urgent Read more