Monthly Archives: August 2015

CCG invites patients and the public to get involved

NHS South Tees CCG would like to invite you to attend one of two engagement workshops to hear your opinions on the CCGs commissioning plans for 2016/17.  There will be an opportunity to hear about some of the work that was undertaken in the last year and then there will be round table discussions where we would like to hear your views.

The events will be held on:

  • Friday 11th Sept 9.30am- 11.30am at Tuned In, Majuba Road, Redcar, TS10 5BJ
  • Wednesday 16th Sept 9.30am- 11.30am at Trinity Centre, Holy Trinity Parish Church, James Street, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 6LD

We hope you can come along on the day and share your views.  To register your attendance please email or call 01642 511868.




Bank holiday pharmacy opening times

Please click on links below to see pharmacy opening times for Bank Holiday (Monday 31 August 2015)

Pharmacy opening times Middlesbrough

Pharmacy opening times Redcar and Cleveland

Come along to our health fair and Annual General Meeting

I am really pleased to be able to invite you along to our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 9 September 2015 from 4pm at Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart, Ridley St, Redcar,TS10 1TD.

As with all AGMs we have a duty to report on the year’s business, and will be presenting our annual report and financial accounts and highlighting the challenges and opportunities for the NHS in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland

I know that this in itself might not be enough to tempt you to come along, so we have wrapped around our AGM a health fair with support from our partner agencies. It looks set to be an exciting afternoon and will be a chance for people to hear more about what we have been doing and achieved, as well as learning from our stall holders things we can all be doing to ‘improve health together’.

If you would like to attend, please email or call 01642 511868

Over the next couple of blogs I will give more details about some of the activities that are happening that might just prompt you to want to pop over!  I hope to see you there!

Free healthy smoothies and Disney goodies at CCG health fair and annual meeting

Healthy smoothies are the order of the day when a local NHS group holds its annual general meeting (AGM) and health fair next month.

NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the NHS organisation responsible for planning and purchasing the majority of health services on behalf of people in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland, is holding its AGM and health fair on Wednesday 9 September 2015 at Redcar Leisure and Community Heart, Ridley Street, Redcar, TS10 1TD from 4.00pm-7.00pm.

The CCG team will be making free healthy smoothies from their Smoothie Bike, and youngsters will be able to pick up some free Change4Life Disney promotional materials.

Action For Blind People will be bringing along sight loss daily living aids and eye condition simulation spectacles for people to try, and a team working with guide dogs will be coming along.

There will be lots more health and wellbeing information available on the day, and the CCG will be working with staff at the leisure centre to highlight the benefits of exercise.

During the formal AGM, people will also have the opportunity to hear about the CCG’s achievements over the last financial year, and the CCG’s Annual Report and Accounts will be officially presented.  The AGM will also discuss future challenges in the NHS across Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.

Dr Janet Walker, Chair of the CCG said: “I’m really looking forward to welcoming people to our AGM and health fair.  You can come along and enjoy a smoothie and find out more about the CCG and the work it does on your behalf to plan local health services.

“We will also present our Annual Report and Accounts, which outlines the work we have done in the last year, and find out about our future priorities.”

The AGM and health fair is free to attend.  To register your attendance, please contact or call 01642 511868.

For further information about the CCG and to download the Annual Report and Accounts, visit

Supporting cervical screening

NHS South Tees CCG supports the national cervical screening programme.

Also known as the smear test, it’s free and offered to all women aged between 25 and 64, regardless of sexuality or ethnic background.  For further information contact your GP surgery or click here.


AGM and Health Fair

Members of the public are invited to attend the NHS South Tees CCG Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Health Fair on 9th September 2015 from 4pm at Redcar Heart, Ridley St, Redcar, Redcar and Cleveland,TS10 1TD.

Amanda Hume, Chief Officer said “It will be a chance for people to hear about our achievements in 2014/15 and there will be a presentation of the Annual Report and Financial Accounts. We will also be discussing the challenges and opportunities for the NHS in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.

“I hope that as many local people as possible will be able to attend to hear more about what we are doing and have the opportunity to visit the many stalls from our partners”.

If you would like to attend, please email or call 01642 511868

New event added for urgent care public engagement

Have your say on urgent health care services in Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland – public engagement

New date added – Thursday 6 August 2015, 5.00-7.00pm, Eston Grange NHS Health Care Centre, Low Grange Health Village, Normanby Road, South Bank, Middlesbrough TS6 6TD


Have you ever accessed health services at a local walk in centre, a minor injuries unit, the GP out of hours service, telephoned the NHS 111 service, or used A&E at James Cook University Hospital?
NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking local people to tell them about their experiences of accessing these services, collectively known as urgent care services, to help influence their future plans through the development of an urgent care strategy.
The strategy will set out how services should be delivered in the future and is closely linked to the Government’s national review of emergency and urgent care services.
The CCG has started gathering the views of local people in a number of different ways, and is urging people to have their say.
People can visit the CCG website – to find out more information and complete the online survey. Alternatively, you can attend a public meeting – see below for further details.
The CCG will also be capturing the views of existing voluntary and support groups across the South Tees area through a series of focus groups.
Dr Nigel Rowell, a local GP and member of the CCG governing body said: “Planning and buying high quality, accessible urgent care services on behalf of our local population is a high priority for the CCG.
“We know that demand for NHS services continues to increase and that patients seek greater assurance about their health care and more rapid response from services.
“Before the CCG develops a strategy for urgent care services, it is vitally important that we capture the views of people who currently access those services in the Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland areas. Those views will help enormously in identifying local demand, potential gaps in service and give us a clearer picture of the health care landscape in our area.

“I would urge everyone to complete our online survey and tell us what you think. Your participation is crucial to the future development of the local NHS.”






Note to editors:

Further information is available in the CCG’s ‘Case for Change’ document, which outlines the national and local context. A summary version of the document is also available to download from, entitled ‘Developing an urgent care strategy for South Tees – how you can have your say’.
Local people are invited to attend one of the public events. Three events have already taken place and two more are planned for this week. These will take place on:

  • Wednesday 5 August 2015, 1.30pm-3.30pm, Know Your Money – 73 Corporation Rd, Middlesbrough, TS1 1LY.
  • Thursday 6 August 2015, 5.00-7.00pm, Eston Grange NHS Health Care Centre, Low Grange Health Village, Normanby Road, South Bank, Middlesbrough TS6 6TD.

Have your say on the Life Store

Welcome to this month’s column, and thanks to Dr Janet Walker for allowing me to make a guest appearance!

I’m Dr Nigel Rowell, a local GP. I have lived in the North east all my life and worked for the last 31 years as a doctor, in Middlesbrough. Early in my career I became interested not just in treating patients but also treating the community, by helping to improve local health services. Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland does fairly badly with health compared to most other parts of the country, and I , along with other members of your Clinical Commissioning Group see it as a priority to improve things!

The NHS is constantly being reorganised. Politicians don’t seem to be able to leave it alone for long, and in a previous local administration of the NHS, 9 years ago, the Primary Care Trust opened the Life Store in the Cleveland Centre, Middlesbrough. I work just 3 floors above it so I pass it most days. The aim of the store was to offer free information and advice on healthy living and lifestyles known to improve your chances of living longer!

As a Clinical Commissioning Group we are always reviewing all the services we offer and we would like to have your views on this one.

As you might expect, it can cost more to have a town centre location and we know that not many people from Redcar and Cleveland are currently using the service. We wonder if our money – your money – could be better spent on other services or the same but delivered in a different way to benefit more people– perhaps by a mobile bus for example?

We will be holding some meetings open for anyone to attend to hear your views- please don’t feel frightened to come along! You can just pop in at any time.

6 August, 10am-12pm at St Mary’s Centre, Corporation Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2RW.

10th August, 2pm-4pm at Tuned In, Majuba Road, Redcar, TS10 5BJ.

At the end of the day it is about spending Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland NHS money in the best way to save Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland lives and avoid illnesses!

Do Come. If you can’t attend you can take our online survey which you will find at by clicking on ‘Local services’ and then ‘Life Store’.

If you would like a copy of the survey posting to you, contact or telephone 01642 745401. We can also provide the survey in alternative formats such as Braille, large print, audio and other languages.

Nigel Rowell