Monthly Archives: June 2018

Looking after yourself in the heat

It is good to be able to look outside the office window and see the Riverside Stadium sparkling against a clear blue sky but during this  hot weather I do need to just remind people to take some sensible health precautions and ensure that they are using a high factor sun cream, wearing a hat, avoiding the midday sun and keeping well hydrated. Every day this week my daughter has returned from college with further stories of friends with sunburn. Getting sunburn, just once every 2 years, can triple your risk of melanoma skin cancer. Sunburn doesn’t have to be raw, peeling or blistering. If your skin has gone pink or red in the sun, it’s sunburnt. So enjoy being outside, but do be careful and apply the suncream before you take a doze.

If this fine weather continues you may well need to apply suncream for our community fun day to celebrate NHS 70 next week. Thursday 5 July 2018, 2-5pm in the market place in North Ormesby. Come along and learn more about how you can chelp the NHS by looking after yourselves better.

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff who are always there to care for us.

Over the last 70 years, the NHS has transformed the health and wellbeing of the nation and become the envy of the world. We are all proud of our NHS. It has delivered huge medical advances and improvements to public health, meaning we can all expect to live longer lives. It is thanks to the NHS that we have all but eradicated diseases such as polio and diphtheria, and pioneered new treatments like the world’s first liver, heart and lung transplant.

None of this would be possible without the skill, dedication and compassion of NHS staff, as well as the many volunteers, charities and communities that support the service

We can all play a role in supporting the NHS in this special birthday year, by volunteering, raising money for a local NHS charity, giving blood and joining the organ donor register or by taking steps to look after our own health and using services wisely.

NHS 70 – 70 years of achievements video

Be proud of the NHS

I suspect many of you already know that this year the NHS turns 70. Some of what is in the media this week does not paint the NHS in a very good light with areas identified where we need to improve around supporting staff to report any areas of concern with services delivered.

However, over the last 70 years there have been many advances, developments and improvements that we can and should be proud to shout about to celebrate the NHS journey over the past 70 years.

The NHS I think is important to us all. It would be good for it to still be around for at least another 70 years but to help it we all need to be doing more to look after ourselves and only use services when we need  to.

Come along to the CCG event that we are putting on about looking after yourself on 5th July 2-5pm in the Market Place at North Ormesby.  Find out more information here:

Come along to our community fun day

Let’s talk about diabetes


Every June Diabetes UK run a Diabetes Week and this year its running from 11 to 17 June 2018 with a theme of enabling conversations.

Diabetes UK want to make it easier for people to have conversations, with their doctor, their friends and family and anyone they may meet about diabetes. There are two major types of diabetes affecting our population.  Type 1 diabetes largely occurs in children and young adults and is brought about by rapid destruction of the body’s insulin producing cells.

It accounts for approximately 10% of diabetes in the UK.  Treatment of Type 1 diabetes is by use of insulin, with a precarious balance between carbohydrate intake and the required insulin dose.  Type 2 diabetes accounts for the bulk of the remainder of diabetes.  It is associated with ethnicity deprivation and getting older.  It is also associated with being overweight and with a sedentary lifestyle.

Treatment of Type 2 diabetes involves weight loss and lifestyle modification as well as use of medication to control blood glucose and to reduce risk heart disease. Many of us in South Tees are heavier than we should be so diabetes really is a serious, growing problem for us locally as well as nationally and around the world. Making life style changes now could prevent you developing it later in life, as well as helping you manage it better if you have it. Being more active can  help and at the CCG as part of our NHS 70th birthday celebrations we started a 70,000 step challenge – in 3 weeks we’ve reached 825,833  – so you can do it too.

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 more about their work.

Dr Walker, Chair of NHS South Tees CCG said ‘We are very keen to do what we can to raise the profile of patient participation  groups recognising the really valuable role they have with helping surgeries to gain feedback on the services they provide as well as helping the practices to keep their patients informed with newsletters, service improvement suggestions, help with health promotion and flu campaigns amongst many other things!’

The CCG have created a short video showcasing PPGs.  Watch the video here:


It’s Patient Participation Awareness Week – why not take part?

Patient Participation Group Awareness week is 4-9th June 2018 and the CCG want to shout about this . We are very keen to do what we can to raise the profile of patient participation  groups recognising the really valuable role they have with helping surgeries to gain feedback on the services they provide as well as helping the practices to keep their patients informed with newsletters, service improvement suggestions, help with health promotion  and flu campaigns amongst many other things!


Feedback around patient experience of using services can be invaluable from a GP perspective but what is really important that what we hear makes things change and  improve for  the better.


You may already be a member of your own PPG- if not and you want to find out more please ask at your practice. If  you are a PPG member and would be keen to get involved in the PPG collective group that we hold across South Tees then please get in touch with us at the CCG. The next  meeting is 20th July 2018, 2pm at Redcar Primary Care Hospital and it would be good to welcome more members.


We are promoting this at our Governing Body meeting this week on Wednesday 6th June 3-5pm and members of the public are very welcome to come along.  If you’d like to attend a meeting please make sure to register your attendance with Lynne Pearson, Corporate Secretary on 01642 263037 or email

You can all find governing body papers in our Documents section under Governing Body Papers.

For further information about PPGs visit  the national association of PPGs website