New Accountable Officer for NHS in Durham and Tees Valley

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across Durham and Tees Valley have stepped up their collaborative working with the appointment of a new Accountable Officer. Dr Neil O’Brien has been chosen to head a joint leadership and management team to oversee NHS North Durham CCG, NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG, NHS South Tees CCG, NHS Hartlepool and Read more

Join Us For Our AGM!

Members of the public are invited to join us for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday September 19. The meeting will provide an opportunity for members of the public to hear about what the CCG achieved in 2017/18 and to find out more about its plans for 2018/19. The meeting is taking place from 2pm until 3pm Read more

Over The Counter Medication Guidance

New guidance has been published for prescribing of medication available to buy over the counter without a prescription. Your GP, nurse or pharmacist will not generally give you a prescription for over the counter medicines for a range of minor health concerns. Instead, over the the counter medicines are available to buy in a pharmacy or supermarket in Read more

Millions miss out on vital health checks that could save lives

Recent analysis from Diabetes UK shows that less than half of over 40s eligible for an NHS Health Check in the last five years have actually received one. Launched in England in 2009, the programme offers a five-yearly check-up to everyone aged 40 to 74 with the aim of spotting the early signs of Type 2 diabetes, stroke, Read more

Tell Us YOUR Views on Rheumatology Services

Clinicians and Commissioners across County Durham, Darlington and Tees are working together to help improve Rheumatology services for patients. Rheumatology deals with the investigation, diagnosis and management of patients with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. This a range of disorders affecting joints, bones, muscles and soft tissues (this includes inflammatory arthritis, autoimmune disorders, vasculitis, soft tissue conditions and Read more

This bank holiday think GP or pharmacy before A&E

Patients across the South Tees are are being asked to help ease pressure on NHS accident and emergency services over the August bank holiday. NHS England is urging people to see a pharmacist or make an appointment to see a GP for non-emergency health issues. Although some GP practices are closed over the bank holiday weekend, the NHS Read more

Tell Us YOUR Views on Mental Health Services

Patients across Teesside are being asked for their views on mental health services in the area. In Teesside there are four main Mental Health Crisis services. These are Crisis team, Street Triage, Crisis Assessment Suite (CAS) and Liaison Psychiatry. In order to ensure that the design and delivery of Tees Crisis services in Teesside are informed by public Read more

If you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s ‘just the once’, tell your doctor.

If you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s ‘just the once’, tell your doctor. Around 19,100 people in England are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer each year. Both cancers affect men and women, although they are more common in men. Bladder and kidney cancers can affect people of all ages but are most common in Read more

Briefing on the CCG’s annual assessment for 2017/18

The NHS is, at a national level, facing unprecedented levels of financial challenge. The South Tees health and care system is, like many other systems, experiencing significant financial pressures. For our CCG this means that for the first time since its inception in 2013 we reported an overspend (deficit) for the financial year 2017-18 and we also expect Read more

Food for thought: regional approach easier to digest for patients and clinicians in the North East and Cumbria

A regional approach aims to improve how the NHS locally uses endoscopy (telescope test) to diagnose cancer of the stomach and oesophagus (gullet). These cancers predominantly occur in people over the age of 50, with 50% occurring after the age of 70. Despite this, a quarter of all endoscopies are being done in people under-50 and relatively few Read more