Chairman’s Blog

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


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 Read more


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 Read more