Monthly Archives: August 2019

Autism e-book resource

The National Autistic Society estimates that 11 in every 1,000 people (1.1 per cent of the population) are on the autism spectrum.

The link below is an e-book resource, which has been designed to accompany the ‘Autism Alert – Help Us To Help You’ film, supported by NHS England and produced in partnership with North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, Cumbria County Council and Triple A (All About Autism).

The Companion E-Books contain embedded Videos which help to show the issues and barriers people with autism encounter on a daily basis.  They also demonstrate how autism varies in each person affecting people in different ways.

Join us for our AGM this September!

Member of the public are invited to attend NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG’s) Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The meeting is an opportunity to look back on some of the successes and highlights of the past year and to discuss future plans.

The AGM takes place on Wednesday September 18 from 10.30am until 11.30am in the South Tees CCG Boardroom, North Ormesby Health Village, 14 Trinity Mews, North Ormesby, TS3 6AL.

If you would like to attend the AGM, please contact

Patients encouraged to share views on changes to repeat prescriptions

Patients are being encouraged to share their views on upcoming changes to repeat prescribing in County Durham and Tees Valley.

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. Ahead of the forthcoming changes to repeat prescribing in the area, patients are invited to fill in a short survey to give their feedback on the changes.

Patients can fill in the survey by visiting

Dr Janet Walker, Medical Director for NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), said, “The changes to repeat prescribing will allow patients to take more control of their medicines and own health, which will increase patient safety, reduce waste and significantly reduce costs.

“We want to ensure patients are fully aware of the upcoming changes and the survey is a great opportunity to share any views you may have on these changes.

“If you or someone you care for uses the same medicines regularly, you may be able to benefit from electronic repeat dispensing. This means you won’t have to re-order or collect your repeat prescriptions from your GP practice every time you need more medicine.”

Patients can order their medication online from their GP practice via GP online services – go to or speak to your GP practice to sign up to GP online or electronic repeat dispensing. For online services, you can also use the new NHS app without needing to go into the practice

Dr Janet Walker added, “There will be a small number of patients, for example, the house bound or vulnerable, for whom the changes may not be suitable. GP practices will identify these patients and arrangements will be put in place for their local pharmacy to continue to support them with ordering repeat medication.”

If you are concerned about someone you know not coping with this change, please speak to your GP practice, or for more information, email

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.

IMPORTANT Information for patients – BE AWARE of non- NHS repeat prescription services

We are aware that repeat prescription services that are not legitimate NHS services are currently being advertised. Be cautious if an individual offers to pick up your prescription for you at a cost.

Anyone signing up to this service should be aware that it is not endorsed by, or aligned to any NHS organisation. Patients will be signing up to a private contractual agreement between themselves and the individual providing the service. We would strongly advise any patient thinking of signing up to this service to ensure that they consider whether it complies with data protection act (DPA) and general data protection regulations (GDPR)  in relation to how their information will be stored and processed.

Any advertisement for a legitimate NHS service offering repeat prescription service will display the NHS logo and the contact details of the organisation(s) providing this.  If you have any questions or concerns about a service that you have seen advertised in your local area, please check with your GP practice.