Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Groups confirm merger plans

With effect from 1 April, the three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Tees Valley will merge into one CCG. A single NHS Tees Valley CCG will be created, replacing CCGs NHS Darlington CCG, NHS Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees CCG and NHS South Tees CCG. At the same time NHS County Durham CCG will also replace NHS Durham Read more

Redcar Minor Injury Unit changing to an Urgent Treatment Centre

THE Minor Injury Unit at Redcar Primary Care Hospital is changing to an Urgent Treatment Centre from Monday 28 October. Currently Redcar Minor Injury Unit (MIU) only sees patients with minor injuries, but the new Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) will also treat minor illnesses. Opening times will remain as 8am to 9.30pm, 365 days a year – including Read more

25 million to be offered free NHS flu jab this winter

The health service in England has prepared for its largest ever flu protection drive to help keep people well and ease pressure on urgent care services over the colder months. The number of people eligible has topped 25 million this year as the offer of the vaccine is now extended to all primary school aged children – an Read more

Special needs provision given OFSTED and CQC green light

SERVICES for children with special needs in Middlesbrough have been given the all-clear following an Ofsted inspection. The move follows concerns over weaknesses in areas including leadership and planning highlighted in 2017. As part of the SEND inspection process Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out a follow-up revisit in July, concluding that sufficient progress had Read more

National Eye Health Week!

Don’t be blind to the risk of falls. This week is National Eye Health Week (Monday 23 to Sunday 29 September) Poor vision more than doubles your risk of taking a tumble. Not only can impaired or low vision prevent you spotting hazards it can also affect your balance – just close your eyes for a moment or Read more

Falls prevention week!

Falls: Preventable, not inevitable! This week is Falls Prevention Week (Monday 23 to Sunday 29 September). Falls can have a devastating effect on the lives of individuals and their families. Physical injury can cause permanent disability and people’s lives change as they lose their confidence and independence. The main aim of Falls Prevention Week is to give advice Read more

Funding for mental health crisis services

New funding for mental health crisis services Patients across Tees Valley and County Durham will have better access to adult mental health crisis services thanks to new funding worth more than £2 million. County Durham and Darlington and Teesside Mental Health Crisis Concordats have been successful in securing Community Crisis Care Transformation Funding. This funding, via NHS England Read more

Training to Improve Oral Health for Patients

  Training to Improve Oral Health for Patients   A new online learning course has launched to help GPs improve oral health treatment for patients. There is growing evidence to show that poor oral health plays a significant role in systemic disease, for example diabetes and heart disease. North of England Commissioning Support Unit and Health Education England Read more

Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day   Tuesday 10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day.  This aims to raise awareness and educate people on what we can all do to help prevent suicide. Did you know one in four people experience mental health problems in any one year? Often, it’s easier to recognise someone’s physical well being than their emotional Read more

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 Read more