Monthly Archives: May 2019


Ramadan starts in May for Muslim communities and we would like to say Ramadhan Mubarak to everyone.

Festivals like Ramadan, Easter, Yom Kippur, Vaisakhi, Diwali and other religious events give us an opportunity not just to support those who observe them, but also to learn and understand more about the people they work with and the communities they serve.

During Ramadan, Muslims will be following a month long fast which will mean they will not be eating food, drinking liquids or smoking from dawn to sunset.  Anyone with serious health issues, frail, pregnant or on daily medication/ medical treatment are not expected to fast. Those who are fasting are advised to not carry out strenuous activities or high intensity exercise.

For anyone working with community groups or colleagues who are fasting, please be supportive to their needs to help them to fast safely.

There is useful advice from the British Nutrition foundation about fasting safely here.

Radio 1’s Big Weekend is coming to Middlesbrough – check your route before you travel

Residents in Middlesbrough are encouraged to plan ahead and check road closures before they travel to any NHS appointment or visit people in James Cook University Hospital on Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May as BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is coming to Stewart Park in Middlesbrough.

Access to all NHS services around Stewart Park will be maintained at all times although some diversions will be in place.

Patients are therefore advised to check details of the road closures and allow extra time when travelling to and from NHS appointments. Some car parks will be affected so please check before you travel.

During the event first aiders will be available on site, or you can go to your nearest pharmacy or if you need urgent care during the Big Weekend and aren’t sure which service you need, you can call NHS 111 and they will be able to refer you to the most appropriate service.

You can also find the most appropriate local NHS service at:

More information can be found on the BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend website.

Mental Health Awareness Week

As we are coming to the end of Mental Health Awareness Week,  I  wanted to chip in and do my bit to promote awareness of the importance of ensuring good mental health for all.

The theme that the Mental Health Foundation have selected this year for particular focus is body image. We are bombarded  in the media with images of supposed ‘body perfection’ and it can clearly have significant impact upon people.

Figures from the Mental Health Foundation state that one in eight adults in the UK have experienced suicidal thoughts or feelings because of concerns about their body image and more than a third of teenagers in the UK have stopped eating or restricted their diets  as a result of worrying about their body image. You do not need to be a GP to have been touched by the impact this can have on people’s lives.

Be it body image or another issue, tackling an issue before it takes hold to improve resilience can be really important. We can all have a role in this to look after our own mental health and well being, as well as looking out for others. When you think you need some more support, talking about it can help.

Anyone living in Teesside can visit for more information about support that is available, or speak to someone at your GP practice.

Launch of South of Tees Multi-Agency Hub this June

A new children’s hub involving Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council and Middlesbrough Council First Contact and Early Help Teams will launch next month.

South Tees Multi-Agency Children’s Hub (MACH) will provide a single point of contact across the whole of the South Tees area for anyone seeking advice, guidance, support and direct services.

The MACH will be based at Daisy Lane, Overfields, Redcar and will go live on Monday June 3. It will include NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group as a partner alongside Cleveland Police, NHS Tees Esk and Wear Valleys Foundation Trust, NHS South Tees Foundation Trust and Harrogate District Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The hub will ensure children and families receive the right services, at the right level, at the right time. Opening hours will be Monday to Thursday from 8.30am-5pm and Friday 8.30am-4.30pm.

There will be a number of other Local Authority staff located in the Hub including Education Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) and staff covering domestic abuse, children and young people who go missing and early help.

For more information, email or call 01642 130700.