Monthly Archives: April 2016

Tour de Yorkshire and Bank Holiday

Sunday May 1st sees the Tour de Yorkshire coming to Middlesbrough. I  hope that the snow,  sleet and/or rain hold off for the riders and spectators!

What a great chance to raise Teesside’s profile and to show some of the town as well as the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Some of our local GPs are manning a stand outside James Cook University Hospital and will be promoting cycling and walking as great forms of exercise.

If you’ve read the blog before you’ll know that I can fall off the exercise bike! Cycling really is not my thing, but our group of Cycling medics from general practice and secondary care really seem to have a  great time. The rambling medics have got some super photos of some of their recent walks, which certainly show great scenery.

Talking of walking I am pleased to report that my activity counter is now all fixed and I’m back on track with my steps. I am hoping for a bit of sunshine or at least a little bit of dry weather to take a walk out with the family over the long weekend.

Please remember if  you need medical help over the bank holiday weekend please ring NHS 111 and they will be able to direct you to the service that you need. If you need it this will include the STAR scheme- South Tees Access and  Responsiveness scheme that is providing health care for urgent health problems, every day over the weekend in Redcar and Middlesbrough. This service can be accessed by contacting NHS 111. Your local pharmacist is also a really god source of  advice. Find a list of where is open near you, this bank holiday Monday.

Have a good and safe weekend.

Busy weekend predicted at A&E as Tour De Yorkshire comes to town.

James Cook University Hospital could be even busier than usual this May Bank Holiday, as the Tour De Yorkshire event comes to Middlesbrough.

Patients are reminded to think self-care, pharmacies, NHS 111, GP walk-in centres and Redcar Primary Care Hospital’s Minor Injuries Unit first.

A&E doesn’t mean ‘Absolutely Everything’.

Your local pharmacy is a great place to visit to help with advice and treatment for many minor and common illnesses.

They can help with aches and pains, cystitis, colds and skin rashes. With one major advantage, you don’t need an appointment, you can call in when is convenient for you. Leaving A&E free for serious and life threatening emergencies only.

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Find a pharmacy near you that is open on Bank Holiday Monday.

NHS 111 is also available, 24 hours a day, all year round. It is free to call from landlines and mobile phones, and the team of highly trained advisors can help with non-emergency, fast medical help. They help guide patients to the best NHS service for their medical needs.

999 should still be called for serious or life threatening medical emergencies.

Payments over £25000

As part of the Government’s commitment to improve transparency of how public money is used, we’re required by HM Treasury to publish details of all individual invoices, grant payments, expense payments or other such transactions that are over £25,000.

This data is published monthly in arrears, starting with April 2013. For more information on the national Opening up Government initiative, please go to

Let’s Talk About It

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‘Let’s Talk About It’ is an initiative designed to provide practical help and guidance to the public in order to raise awareness of the risks and prevent terrorism.

By highlighting the issues and initiating discussions around the potential threats we face as a community, we can create greater understanding and wider awareness.

The aim of ‘Let’s talk about it’ is to focus on three key core areas:

  • Building close relationships between our schools and universities, prisons, places of worship, health services, children’s services, community groups, charities and other institutions
  • Challenging extremist ideology by working closely with local and national agencies, partners and our communities
  • Supporting vulnerable individuals through intervention projects

Different types of individuals, organisations and institutions may be targeted by extremist groups.

They may try to take advantage of these individuals or institutions as a way to share their story with others, particularly with people who may be vulnerable to their messages.

When we talk about ‘vulnerability’ or ‘susceptibility’ within this context we mean individuals who, because of their circumstance, experiences or state of mind can be lead towards a terrorist ideology.

‘Let’s Talk About It’ advocates the value of a strong and united community, prioritising the need for consistent awareness of the threat of radicalisation to become a part of our daily lives.

Individuals can be drawn towards the process of radicalisation in a number of ways.

Social Media platforms, like Twitter and Facebook, are a great way to connect with friends and family, share your thoughts and ideas and connect with like-minded people. The Internet and Social Media are also used by Extremists and Terrorist to promote their ideology and recruit or radicalise people.

Spot the signs.

Report on-line terrorist and extremist material.

Events to get involved with

MHS-logo-1030-x-629_web-version-300x167Our urgent care consultation. Making Health Simple closed on 1st April and we are now awaiting the consultation report that will incorporate all the feedback we have received. Thank you to all those who have contributed and a BIG thank you to all the staff who helped to run the events. I rather miss the meetings as they were a lively really good opportunity to speak to people about our plans and hear your views.


The Governing Body will be meeting in the early summer to make the decision around the future of urgent care services locally in South Tees.

Some of you have already had some involvement with engagement events around the  Better Health Programme that is looking at NHS services over the next 5 years over a bigger footprint of Durham and Tees Valley. The next stakeholder event is 4th May at Newton Aycliffe 5-7pm , with 3 public engagement events to be held locally in mid May.

  Venue Date and Time
Eston Inspire 2 Learn @ Eston Civic & Learning Centre. Normanby Road, South Bank, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS6 9AE


Tuesday 12th May, 2016, 5.00 – 7.00pm Click here to register
Middlesbrough Acklam Green Centre, Stainsby Road, Middlesbrough TS5 4JS Wednesday 18th May, 2016, 5.00 – 7.00pm Click here to register
Guisborough Prior Pursglove College, Church St, Guisborough TS14 6BU Thursday 19th May, 2016, 5.00 – 7.00pm Click here to register

Activity counter update – major catastrophe with activity counter as the battery went flat and since changing this it has not been synchronising with my phone to produce the activity counts .I will get this sorted and get back on with the programme!