Public asked to use 999 and Emergency Department services wisely

The region’s NHS is calling on people to use 999 and Emergency Departments (A&E) carefully as the region’s emergency services are facing extra pressures this week. With several hospitals across the North East and North Cumbria reporting higher demand than usual, the NHS is asking everyone to think before dialling 999 or attending Emergency Departments. Dr Stewart Findlay, Read more

Spot the signs of dehydration

As the weather becomes warmer, it is vitally important to ensure we all don’t become dehydrated. Dehydration is when we don’t drink enough fluids to maintain a healthy balance in our body. Most people get dehydrated by not drinking enough fluids or by losing fluids and not replacing them. Find out how you can avoid dehydration by reading our Read more

Durham, Tees and Darlington Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) working together – information for patients

The five Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) across Durham, Darlington and Tees continue to work together following the appointment of Dr Neil O’Brien as single Accountable Officer and the two Chief Officers Nicola Bailey and Dr Stewart Findlay in September 2018. The five CCGs are:  NHS Darlington CCG  NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG  NHS Read more

South Tees CCG Easter Pharmacy Opening Times

If you become unwell over the Easter weekend, your pharmacy is a great place to visit for professional advice on ailments such as coughs and colds. Make sure you know the opening times! South Tees Easter Pharmacy Opening Times

Join us for a meeting held in public this March!

Patients can join a meeting held in public involving six clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in County Durham, Tees Valley and part of North Yorkshire this March. South Tees CCG forms part of the Joint Committee of the Southern Collaborative of CCGs, which was previously known as the Better Health Programme Joint Committee. The following Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) Read more

Smokers in the North East urged to quit for No Smoking Day 2019

North East smokers are being encouraged to give quitting a go this No Smoking Day (March 13) to feel the benefits of better health and reduce the risks of smoking-related disease. Fresh, along with North East GP Dr Chris Tasker, is urging smokers to try and make a quit attempt at least once a year to reduce their Read more

Could you attend a Diabetes Prevention Week event?

Patients across the North East have been invited to take part in upcoming NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (NDPP) events this April. Members of the public will have the opportunity to have their potential risk of Type 2 Diabetes assessed at a number of stands popping up in the area to mark Diabetes Prevention Week from Monday April 1 Read more

E-Cigarette use remains low in Britain, report finds

Press release issued by Fresh North East: Public Health England report finds regular vaping in under-18s remains low and a third of adult smokers have never tried one Fresh calls for more acceptance of e-cigs in the NHS Only 4% of quit attempts made through Stop Smoking Services use an e-cigarette, despite this being an effective approach Fresh Read more

Think you need medical help right now? NHS 111 is now available online

On 23 January, NHS England is introducing a campaign to increase awareness of when to use NHS 111, either by phone or online. NHS 111 online uses the same clinical algorithms as the 111 phone service, taking you through questions about your symptoms to receive tailored advice on what to do next and where to go. You can Read more

Public reminded to use 999 and emergency department services wisely

The NHS is urging people to use 999 and Emergency Departments (A&E) wisely as the region’s emergency services report an increase in pressure. With increasing demand on services, people are asked to consider whether their condition really needs emergency treatment from the ambulance service or their local hospital. Several hospitals are reporting high demand following the colder weather Read more