Monthly Archives: July 2019

Cleveland Health Centre Power Cut Update

Four GP practices in the Cleveland Health Centre are currently experiencing problems with their phone lines:


Erimus Practice

Discovery Practice

Prospect Surgery

The Endeavour Practice


If you need an appointment please ring your surgery as normal.  Please be aware there may be a delay in getting through to your practice due to these issues.


If you are in need of urgent medical attention and are unable to get through on the phone, please ring #NHS111.  For life threatening emergencies please ring 999.

Important Information: Cleveland Health Centre Power Cut affecting GP Practices

Four GP Practices have been affected by a power cut at The Cleveland Health Centre.

Erimus Practice, Discovery Practice, Prospect Surgery and The Endeavour Practice are all currently closed to patients.

Patients are advised the building is and will remain closed until the fault is resolved. Only limited access to telephone lines are currently available.

Emergency arrangements are being made for patients. If you are affected and need an appointment, ring your surgery as normal and you will be given advice based on your medical needs.

If you are in need of urgent medical attention and are unable to get through on the phone, please ring NHS 111. For life-threatening emergencies please ring 999.


Join us for a meeting held in public this July

Patients can join a meeting held in public involving six clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in County Durham, Tees Valley and part of North Yorkshire this July.

South Tees CCG forms part of the Joint Committee of the Southern Collaborative of CCGs, which was previously known as the Better Health Programme Joint Committee.

The following Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are partners:

  • Darlington CCG
  • Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG
  • Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees CCG
  • North Durham CCG
  • South Tees CCG
  • Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG

The joint committee is made up of governing body members of the six CCGs and makes decisions that affect the populations of those CCGs collectively.  The individual governing body meetings of the CCGs continue to make local decisions.

Members of the public are invited to observe the Joint Committee of the Southern Collaborative of CCGs at work.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday July 23 from 2pm until 3pm at Morton Park Training Centre, Yarm Road, Darlington, DL1 4PJ.

In order to ensure that appropriate seating is provided, please register your attendance (informing of any special requirements) with Amanda Million on 0191 389 8592 or email:

Questions for the Joint Committee of the Southern Collaborative of CCGs should be submitted to Amanda Million no later than 12 noon on Thursday 18 July 2019.  Questions should be relevant to the populations of the six CCGs.  Any local questions should be submitted for discussion at the separate CCG Governing Body meetings.



Potential changes to NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups

Patients can share their views on potential changes to how the NHS plans and buys services for people in County Durham and Tees Valley.

There are currently five NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in the area:

  • NHS Darlington CCG
  • NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG
  • NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG
  • NHS North Durham CCG
  • NHS South Tees CCG

CCGs commission most of the hospital and community NHS services in the local areas for which they are responsible. Between them, the five CCGs in our area commission services for more than 1.2 million local people.

CCGs have been asked to reduce their running costs by 20 per cent by March 31 2020. Continuing to operate as five separate CCGs may not be possible, due to reductions in staff.

Therefore, a proposal has been made to merge the five CCGs into two, with one covering Durham and the other covering Tees Valley. This would be effective from April 1 2020.

The five current CCGs already operate under a shared management structure, and many existing teams already work across Durham and the Tees Valley, so the merge would not affect frontline services.

The CCGs are keen to gather as much information from as many patients as possible to help shape any future decisions made.

Patients can share their views by completing a quick survey:

Please note that the deadline for this survey is July 31 2019.

See attached file for more information on the proposed changes.

Changes to repeat prescriptions in County Durham and Tees Valley

The way patients order prescriptions in County Durham and Tees Valley will soon be changing.

From September 2 2019, community pharmacies will no longer be able to order repeat medication for patients. Instead patients will order their medication directly from their GP practice.

Patients will still receive the medication that they need, but the way they order it will change.

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have already ensured work is well under way to ensure this process is as smooth as possible for patients.

Dr Janet Walker, Medical Director for Tees Valley CCGs, said: “We have made the decision to revise Repeat Prescription Ordering Systems in order to improve patient safety and reduce medical waste. The changes will ensure patients only receive the exact medication they need and it should make a huge difference.

“The project has been adopted from similar work already implemented in other areas such as Sunderland, South Sefton and Luton. Because of this, we know the positive impact we will be able to make for patients.

“The five CCGs working on the project are excited to see the results of the changes made.”

The changes to repeat prescribing are being made by NHS South Tees CCG, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG, Darlington CCG, North Durham CCG and Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG.

There will be a small number of patients for whom the changes will not be suitable and it may be appropriate for their local pharmacy to continue to support them with ordering repeat medication. As part of the project, GP practices will identify these patients and special arrangements will be put in place for them.

Patients can share their views on repeat prescribing by filling in a short survey:

For more information on the project, please email

Repeat Prescribing Information Leaflet