Chairman’s Blog

Screening saves lives

Last week at an engagement event I heard from Tracey Lean, Cancer Prevention and Early Diagnosis Officer,  sharing more details about the No Fear campaign that is helping to increase the numbers of women having cervical screening. See the poster here:   She also spoke about something new here-  the salons for screening ‘screen stars’ approach that Read more

However you do it, make a conversation about mental health

Mental health problems affect one in four of us, yet people are still afraid to talk about it. Time to Talk Day encourages everyone to talk about mental health. However you do it, make sure you have a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.  Events like Time to Talk are a great opportunity to raise awareness and take action. Together we Read more

A few seconds of discomfort could save your life!

I talked last week about health lifestyle choices and trying to prevent illness happening. This  week I have received my invitation for cervical screening – or ‘smear test’ . Now this is a good example of prevention. For us ladies the cervix is the neck of the womb and having some cells taken from there by the use Read more

New Year resolution

As  we are into the first week of the New Year how are you all doing with any New Year’s resolutions?  I can honestly say that I have never really been one for holding with this tradition, but this year I have realised that approaching 50 I  really  do need to make sure I’m taking health lifestyle choices, Read more

The Red Bag Scheme

Thanks to Father Christmas at this time of year red is a very popular colour. Some of you may have heard about the Red Bag scheme that is in place across South Tees CCG that aims to improve  communication between care homes and hospitals. The scheme aims to shorten hospital stays by ensuring that doctors nurses and carers Read more

World Antibiotics Awareness Week

World Antibiotic Awareness Week this year is between 12th – 18th November 2018 and aims to increase awareness of global antibiotic resistance. You may have seen the advert with the catchy song warning of the dangers of using antibiotics when they are not needed such as for cold or viral symptoms. Spread the word about #KeepAntibioticsWorking using the Read more

World Mental Health Day 10 October 

Next week marks World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2018 and this year the theme is focusing on young people’s mental health. Mental Health First Aid England have developed a really useful Hands Up 4 Healthy Minds toolkit which contains information on Understanding Young Peoples Mental Health as well as tips helpful resources for talking with young Read more

Organ donation can save lives!

We have a guest columnist this week, Rachel our work experience student from Middlesbrough College! Read her thoughts below… Organ donation week: Did you know…? Organ donation is giving an organ to someone else who needs a transplant. Organ donation is an amazingly generous act and saves thousands of lives in the UK every year 31% of black, Read more

Flu season is upon us!

Amazingly we see September approaching which brings the start of autumn including darker nights and cooler weather.  For clinicians working across the NHS this means the start of the annual flu immunisation campaign. We have been reasonably lucky in the last few winters in that we have not had a significant outbreak in our local area. However, the Read more

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 Read more