Monthly Archives: October 2014

If you’re eligible for the flu vaccine, don’t put it off, get it now

NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is supporting the NHS Flu campaign.

The campaign is encouraging those who are eligible for the free flu vaccination to take up the offer. It is targeted at those with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and parents of children aged 2-4.

Those who catch the flu pass it on to an average of two people putting those most vulnerable at an increased risk including those with long-term health conditions and pregnant women.

Flu is a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very suddenly. Healthy individuals usually recover in two to seven days but for some, the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.

For more information on symptoms click here or for information on the flu vaccine click here .

IMProVE Consultation

 On 15th October 2014 the Governing Body of NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group approved changes to community services which will deliver real improvements to the care received by the whole of our South Tees population, in particular, the vulnerable and elderly.    


In reaching our decision to make these changes, we sought a balance between what is clinically effective, what is affordable and sustainable into the future and what our public told us was important to them. We are very pleased to report that we had an excellent response to our three month IMProVE consultation which ended on 31 July, 2014.  


We received 586 responses to a questionnaire which showed a significant 96% agreement with our vision to improve prevention and to deliver more care in the community. 84% agreed with the proposal to centralise stroke rehabilitation services, 87% thought the CCG should provide community beds on two sites only so that we can free resources to invest in more community services and 68% agreed with the proposal to provide a more comprehensive minor injury service at Redcar Primary Care Hospital.


This means we can now focus our efforts to ensure that we achieve our promises to provide the new centralised stroke service and an enhanced minor injury service at Redcar Primary Care Hospital by April, 2015. The next two years will also see a significant improvement in the range and extent of services available in the community. This includes services like physiotherapy, occupational therapy and community nursing, along with providing more treatments in patients’ own homes. We will also provide more outpatient and day treatment appointments at local community venues.  


To allow all this to happen, It was agreed to close Carter Bequest Hospital and two minor injury services at East Cleveland and Guisborough hospitals, by April 2015 followed by the closure of the main building at Guisborough Primary Care Hospital by 2016. At the same time the Chaloner building at Guisborough will be redeveloped in order to deliver more out-patient appointments and other community services .


It is vital that we are confident that the new services can provide the high levels of service that we expect and we have, therefore, approved a series of other recommendations including a commitment to work with key partners to monitor and assure a phased implementation of the changes and to receive regular updates on progress. In response to some of the concerns we heard from the public, we also agreed to pilot a weekend district nursing clinic within East Cleveland Hospital and this will be in place by April 2015.


We would like to thank all the members of the public and other stakeholders for their input and would like to invite and encourage further dialogue as we implement these plans.  Access to all the documentation and a full report of our meeting is available on our CCG website at: .


CCG announces decision on consultation

The Governing Body of NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has made a decision on proposed changes to community health services at a meeting held this morning at Eston Civic and Learning Centre.


Following the IMProVE (Integrated Management and Pro-active Care for the Vulnerable and Elderly) public consultation which took place between April and July 2014, and the independent compilation of a report of the findings, the Governing Body has approved the recommended changes to care for the vulnerable and elderly in the South Tees area.


The South Tees CCG Executive Team recommended to the Governing Body that the following changes to care be taken forward in a phased approach:

  • Centralisation of stroke services to Redcar Primary Care Hospital by April 2015
  • Closure of the two minor injury services in East Cleveland and Guisborough Primary Care Hospitals. Consolidation and enhancement of minor injury services onto one single site (Redcar Primary Care Hospital) by April 2015
  • Closure of Carter Bequest Hospital and transfer of services within the community by April 2015 alongside the progression of improved community infrastructure
  • Part closure of Guisborough Primary Care Hospital (main building), removal of beds subject to implementation of improved community infrastructure by April 2016
  • Redevelopment of the Chaloner Building in order to house transferred services as well as additional community based services by April 2016
  • Development of a pilot weekend district nursing clinic within East Cleveland Hospital to commence by April 2015 in line with consolidation of minor injury services


These recommendations support the initial aims of IMProVE to develop a model of care which is based on the principles of ‘right care, right place, at the right time’ with the overall aim of providing care as close to home as possible, wherever this can be done safely and cost effectively.


The CCG will work with key partners to monitor phased implementation and provide regular update reports. Communications plans will be developed to raise awareness about patient transport and understanding of where and when urgent care services can be accessed.


Dr Henry Waters, Chair of NHS South Tees CCG said, “Approval of the IMProVE recommendations by the Governing Body will allow work to begin on the changes to services. The clinically-led view is that these changes are in the best interests of the South Tees population. This is an exciting time and a phased approach has been agreed in order to ensure that quality of care is not compromised. We would like to thank members of the public and stakeholders who got involved in the IMProVE consultation and shared their opinions on our proposals. Regular updates will be communicated detailing progress with our plans.”


Further information about the IMProVE programme, including consultation documents and the report of findings can be seen at