Chair’s Blog

Spread the self-care message this Spring

Spring is here and the trees and flowers are bursting  into life, which is very pretty to look at but makes many of us start to reach for the tissues as we start sneezing with hay fever symptoms. Across the North East we are working with GP Practices, Pharmacies and A&Es to promote self-care of your symptoms where Read more


Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, did you know that Bowel Cancer is the UK’s second biggest killer cancer. This shouldn’t be the case since it is treatable and curable, especially when diagnosed at an early stage. Early diagnosis for Bowel Cancer and any other types of cancer saves lives. This is the reason why April has been set Read more


International Women’s Day 8 March 2019

Friday 8 March is International Women’s Day and there are festivities across the region celebrating so many fantastic women in the UK.  Find out more at http://www.tees.ac.uk/schools/sse/news_story.cfm?story_id=7070&this_issue_title=February%202019&this_issue=309&cookies=true The ethos behind International Women’s Day is empowering women and girls to make positive life choices.  So, could you help more women learn the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer?   Read more


Lets get digital!

The NHS Long Term plan was published recently and there is lots to digest but one key aspect that was central to the plan is Digital Care.  In short this means that accessing primary care and GP services will be increasingly possible using digital means above what is currently possible now. Many patients are already ordering their repeat Read more


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: https://middlesbrough.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Screening-example-no-fear-poster.pdf   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