The COVID-19 vaccine is free to everyone in the UK. This includes all migrants. Millions of people have had their COVID-19 vaccination in the UK. It is safe and does not contain any animal or harmful ingredients. It is the best way to prevent death or serious illness from COVID-19. You do not need to have a GP or an NHS number to get the COVID-19 vaccine. If you don’t … [Read more...] about The COVID-19 vaccination is available and it is your right to be protected from infectious diseases
England's Chief Nurse has reminded the public that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules. Covid restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday 19 July. However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain … [Read more...] about Everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Tees Valley CCG will take place on 28 July 2021 at 11am – 12pm. We will be presenting our annual report from 2020/21 which has been added to the Tees Valley CCG website in advance of the AGM here. The meeting will take virtually on Zoom, however, there will be the opportunity for members of the public and partners to join the … [Read more...] about Annual General Meeting 2021
MATERNITY services across the region are facing significant pressures due to high numbers of activity and staff having to self-isolate. This includes South Tees Hospital Foundation Trust (James Cook), North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trusts Midwives are reassuring families that there may be changes to the service … [Read more...] about Maternity services under pressure
PEOPLE are being urged to ‘try' out Darlington's new vaccination walk-in clinics as the Mowden Park Rugby Arena opens a regular drop in facility. The walk-in vaccination clinics will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout July and August at the Darlington … [Read more...] about People in Darlington can ‘prop-up’ their COVID immunity as rugby arena opens new walk-in clinics
PEOPLE in the North East and Yorkshire not already vaccinated against coronavirus are being urged to get their jab this weekend as the NHS vaccination programme seeks to maximise protection before Covid restrictions are lifted. NewcastleGateshead Quayside, Trinity Leeds, Doncaster’s Frenchgate centre and some sports stadiums will be among the locations in this region … [Read more...] about NHS ‘Grab A Jab’ weekend in final drive to get adults protected
A local charity’s community builder scheme is supporting people leave a Middlesbrough NHS mental health hospital and settle back into their homes. For some people, their home surroundings can make them feel overwhelmed. This can impact on their mental health and lead to some people returning to hospital for further inpatient support. FROG, the Future Regeneration Of … [Read more...] about Local charity helping people return home after a stay in mental health hospital
WITH fully vaccinated UK residents arriving in England from amber travel list destinations no longer having to quarantine from 19 July, there are more reasons than ever to make sure you get your covid-19 jab. Now that people under 40 wait just eight weeks instead of 12 for their second jab, it means that those getting their first jab this week would be able to get double … [Read more...] about Young people urged to get their vaccine before ‘Freedom Day’ on 19th July
A HARTLEPOOL GP hub is urging people who haven't yet had their first Covid vaccine to 'drop-in' for a jab. Victoria Road Medical Centre is to open a 'walk-in' clinic for people aged over 18, who have not yet taken up the offer of a first Pfizer vaccination. No appointment is required and anyone over 18, who lives or works anywhere in the Tees Valley, will be able to … [Read more...] about Walk-in Covid vaccination clinic to open in Hartlepool – for first jabs only
NHS teams across the region are calling on everyone to help #DoYourBit as hospitals, GPs and paramedics try to manage another surge of pressure on vital services. A surge in demand for NHS services has coincided with a large number of staff having to self-isolate because of Covid19, which is stretching services even harder after more than a year of managing a the … [Read more...] about Help Do Your Bit for Local NHS
Covid Vaccine Walk-In Clinics for Anyone 18+ Linthorpe Surgery, North Ormesby Health Village, Middlesbrough, TS3 6AL, are now offering the following Pfizer walk-in clinics. Available for: • Anyone over 18 years of age that need their First Vaccine. • Those who have already received their first Pfizer vaccine and need their second. (Second vaccinations must be a … [Read more...] about Linthorpe Surgery, North Ormesby Health Village, Middlesbrough, announce new Vaccination Walk in Clinics
First and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available to people aged 18 and over – second doses will only be given to people who had their first Pfizer dose at least 8 weeks ago. First and second doses of AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine will be available for people age 40 and over, second doses will only be given to people who had their first AZ dose at least eight … [Read more...] about Thorntree Surgery, Middlesbrough announce new Vaccination Walk in Clinics
At the end of every financial year we publish a report that describes our work during the previous year. It tells people how we spent our budget; what our priorities were; and what some of our biggest successes and challenges were. It also includes who we have been working with such as local councils and details of what we have talked to local people about their health and … [Read more...] about Annual reports 2020/21
For anyone 18 years and over. All second doses must be at least 8 weeks from first dose. You can also continue to book online appointments at a large vaccination centres or community … [Read more...] about Where and when you can you get a Walk-in Covid-19 jab in Tees Valley?
This weekend, everyone is being urged to say a big thank you to all of our key workers, to celebrate 73 years since the founding of the NHS on July 5th. The last year has seen the NHS faced with the challenge of a lifetime, as many continue to work hard in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Hospitals were tasked with caring for around 400,000 seriously ill Covid … [Read more...] about Happy 73rd Birthday NHS – it’s time to say thank you.
Patients across Teesside will benefit from access to appointments with a mental health nurse in their local GP surgery, working as groups of practices called Primary Care Networks (PCNs), following a successful pilot programme. The pilot, held from October 2020 to March 2021, saw two mental health nurses from local NHS mental health and learning disability services provider … [Read more...] about Mental health nurses to work in GP surgeries across Teesside
The NHS is urging anyone with a cough for three or more weeks to contact their GP practice, as this could be a sign of lung cancer. This plea comes following a decline in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers across the spectrum, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK, accounting for 13% of all cancer cases. … [Read more...] about #DoItForYourself campaign tackles drop in cancer diagnosis and treatment
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council wants to provide the very best service for its residents and, to help us do this, we are undertaking a consultation on the Care at Home service. Care at Home (sometimes called "domiciliary care" or “home care”) is support provided to people in their own home to help them live independently and it includes support with personal … [Read more...] about Stockton-on-Tees Care at Home Consultation 2021
More than one million people have booked their lifesaving covid vaccine since the NHS vaccination programme opened for every adult in England. People rushed to book 1,008,472 appointments in just two days – an average of more than 21,000 every hour, or six every second - on Friday and Saturday. The figure does not include appointments made through local GP-led vaccination … [Read more...] about Over one million jabs booked as NHS vaccine programme opens to all adults
The Home Oxygen Assessment Service is currently commissioned by NHS Tees Valley CCG (all areas except Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees), NHS Sunderland CCG, NHS County Durham CCG, NHS South Tyneside CCG and the Gateshead locality of Newcastle and Gateshead CCG. If you have use oxygen from the Home Oxygen Assessment Service and live in; Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, … [Read more...] about Do you use Home Oxygen? If so, we are keen to hear your views?
A MIDDLESBROUGH GP vaccination hub is urging people who haven't yet had a Covid vaccination, or are overdue their second dose, to 'drop-in' for a jab. Holgate and Greater Middlesbrough Primary Care Network (PCN) is to open a week-long 'walk-in' clinic for people aged over 40, who have not-yet taken up the offer of a first vaccination - or are due their second jab. No … [Read more...] about New over 40s walk-in vaccine clinic to open in Middlesbrough
An NHS vaccine bus is taking to the road again to encourage even more people to have their COVID-19 jab. The bus, which has been touring the region over the past few weeks, will be making a stop in Stockton-on-Tees in a bid to help boost vaccination rates across Tees Valley. Run by health staff from Hartlepool and Stockton Health GP Federation, the mobile clinic aims to … [Read more...] about NHS vaccination bus takes to the road again to offer more Covid-19 jabs in Tees Valley
Last updated – 17 June 2021 (Guidance may be subject to future updates) HOW YOU CAN HELP THE NHS – Key Messages Please don’t contact your GP practice or Community Pharmacy to seek a vaccine, the NHS will contact youWhen you are invited, please be sure to attend your booked appointments.Please attend your appointment on your own. If you need assistance, please bring only … [Read more...] about Covid -19 Vaccinations Frequently Asked Questions Updated 17 June 2021
The NHS vaccination programme continues to make strong progress. Thanks to the thousands of people involved, the NHS has now offered vaccines to everyone aged 30 and over as well as millions of health and social care workers, unpaid carers and people at higher clinical risk. Over 53 million vaccines have been delivered in total. We are still on course to offer all adults … [Read more...] about Covid-19 Vaccination Programme Update
If you live in Darlington and have items from the Community Equipment Service provided by Medequip that you no longer use or are broken and you would like to return, items such as commodes, mobility aids (frames, crutches etc), hospital beds and bathing aids, hoists, cushions, bath lifts, please contact Medequip on 01325524531 to arrange a replacement or a collection. Even if … [Read more...] about Community Equipment Service – do you need to return items that are broken or no longer used?
A MIDDLESBROUGH vaccine bus is being rolled out to encourage more people to get on board with having their COVID-19 jab. Run by health staff from Central Middlesbrough and Greater Middlesbrough and Holgate Primary Care Networks, the mobile clinic will aim to boost vaccination rates in areas where uptake has proved low and provide improved access for people who may find it … [Read more...] about NHS vaccination bus offers easier route to Covid-19 jabs in Middlesbrough
The NHS Covid vaccination programme will today (Wednesday) open up to everyone in their thirties as the biggest and most successful vaccination drive in NHS history begins inviting people aged 30 and 31 years old. One million more people aged 30 and 31 will be invited by text over the coming days, leaving only adults between 18 and 29 yet to get the nod to come … [Read more...] about Everybody Aged 30 And Over Now Able To Get Their Covid Jab
Have you accessed or been referred into Musculoskeletal (MSK) services in Darlington, provided by Connect Health? If so, we'd like to hear from you! We're currently running a survey which aims to capture the experiences of patients who have used or are currently using the service to understand their journey in terms of referral, assessment, appointments and quality of care … [Read more...] about Have you accessed Musculoskeletal Services (MSK) in Darlington?
New campaign video calls for end to abuse from patients“If I die, it will be your fault,” is just one of the abusive comments heard by GP reception staff, as a new survey* launched today shows 75% report experiencing daily abuse from patients. … [Read more...] about Majority of GP receptionists face unprecedented levels of abuse at work, new research shows
Front-line NHS teams across Tees Valley are asking people to do their bit and use health services sensibly as restrictions continue to ease. The NHS across the region is seeing an increase in the number of people attending A&E departments, many of whom could have sought advice from a service more appropriate for their needs. With A&E departments designed to treat … [Read more...] about Region’s NHS asks public to keep doing your bit and use services sensibly as restrictions continue to ease
If so, your experience could help us improve local End of Life and Palliative Care Services We are seeking to understand the views of those who have supported a loved one with a long-term condition or cancer during the end stages of their life (in the last two years, aged 18 and over). We appreciate that this may be a very difficult time for you and that discussions … [Read more...] about Have you recently lost a loved one?
Through celebration, education and raising awareness, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (June 1st-30th) helps to tackle prejudice, challenge myths and to amplify the voices of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in wider society. This year, our theme for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month is ‘Make Some Space’. Celebrate the contributions of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller … [Read more...] about Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 2021
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from: the NHS App which you can download from app stores the NHS website (from 17 May … [Read more...] about COVID Vaccination Status
Today the NHS in England marks another important milestone, delivering more than 45 million vaccinations. England’s lead for the NHS vaccination programme, Dr Emily Lawson, Chief Commercial Officer for NHS England and Improvement, said: “Thanks to the hard work of NHS teams, exceptional planning and targeted delivery, the NHS Covid vaccine programme has hit yet another … [Read more...] about NHS in England hits 45 million vaccinations
The NHS Covid vaccination programme, the biggest in health service history and the most precise in the world, will open tomorrow (Thurs) to people in their thirties, with NHS.uk due to be updated at 7am. Those aged 38 and 39 are the first to qualify for a jab with around a million people being sent text messages that allow them to access the national booking service at the … [Read more...] about NHS To Invite People Aged 38 and 39 For Life Saving Covid-19 Jab
Be Cancer Aware are teams of people with learning disabilities, based with self-advocacy organisations across the North East and Cumbria. They deliver cancer awareness messages to the learning disability community. Be Cancer Aware have a new campaign that focuses on what individuals can do to reduce their cancer risk. The new campaign includes a film and messages showing … [Read more...] about Let’s Be Cancer Aware and help reduce the risk!
Everyone aged 40 and over is now being invited to book a life-saving Covid-19 jab as the NHS vaccination programme, the biggest and fastest in the health service’s history, goes from strength to strength. Nearly three quarters of a million appointments were made on Monday and Tuesday as the NHS began inviting 44-year olds followed by people aged 42 and 43 by text. Text … [Read more...] about NHS To Invite All People 40 and Over For Life Saving Covid-19 Jab
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention Week is a joint campaign from NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK that is taking place from 10th –16th May 2021. The campaign aims to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes, how to prevent it, which groups are at-risk and encourages patients to check their risk via the Diabetes UK Know Your Risk tool. The campaign also encourages … [Read more...] about Diabetes Prevention Week
NHS England recognises that people may be experiencing difficulties accessing dental services. Practices are providing services in line with standard operating procedures issued by the Chief Dental Officer and Public Health England which means the level of appointments they are able to provide has significantly reduced. It is therefore necessary for dental practices to … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Dental Services Advice
People aged 44 will be invited to book their covid-19 jab from Monday 26 April as the NHS vaccine programme, the biggest and fastest in its history, continues at pace. England’s top doctor is urging people to come forward for their jab when they are invited do to so. Around half a million 44-year olds will receive a text inviting them to get their jab through the national … [Read more...] about NHS To Invite People Aged 44 For Life Saving Covid-19 Jab
Please see local pharmacy opening times below for the 2021 Spring/Summer Bank Holidays. Avoid pharmacies if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19: If you have a dry, persistent cough, fever, shortness of breath, loss of smell or loss of taste. Be patient, all pharmacies are under immense pressure and working around the clock to ensure that you get what you need and please … [Read more...] about Bank Holiday Pharmacy Opening Times
VULNERABLE and socially excluded people are to receive their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination as two further pop-up clinics open across Teesside. Housing providers Stages and Letita House, in Middlesbrough, are working with NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to offer coronavirus vaccinations to over 80 homeless people, and those living in temporary … [Read more...] about Seldom heard population to receive Covid-19 jab at new Teesside pop-up clinics
Last updated - 23 March 2021 (Guidance may be subject to future updates) HOW YOU CAN HELP THE NHS – Key Messages Please don’t contact your GP practice or Community Pharmacy to seek a vaccine, the NHS will contact youWhen you are invited, please be sure to attend your booked appointments.Please attend your appointment on your own. If you need assistance, please bring … [Read more...] about Covid-19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions
Being a new parent is rarely an easy job but when your child is sick it can be extremely worrying. Tees Valley CCG, working with County Durham CCG, has produced the Little Orange Book, designed to help the parents of poorly babies and small children. The Little Orange Book is a great resource and covers everything from common minor ailments like teething, constipation and … [Read more...] about Little Orange Book lends new parents a helping hand
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued advice to the government on the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine, following reports of extremely rare blood clots in a very small number of people This is a fast-moving situation but it’s important to remember that vaccines continue to be best way to protect people from COVID-19 and have already … [Read more...] about Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
MORE people across Tees Valley are to be offered a Covid-19 vaccination as another local Mosque is turned into an NHS ‘pop-up’ clinic. Community and faith leaders at the Al-Mustafa Community Centre and Mosque, Middlesbrough, are working in partnership with Middlesbrough Council Public Health Team and NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to offer coronavirus … [Read more...] about Middlesbrough Mosque is turned into NHS ‘pop-up’ Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic
MORE people across Tees Valley are being offered a Covid-19 vaccination as a local Mosque is turned into an NHS ‘pop-up’ clinic. Community and faith leaders at the Bowesfield Lane Mosque, Stockton, are working in partnership with Stockton Borough Council and NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to offer coronavirus vaccinations to people aged over 50, or in an … [Read more...] about More people to be offered a Covid vaccine as Tees Valley Mosque is turned into NHS ‘pop-up’ clinic
MEMBERS of the Muslim community are being advised not to delay having their COVID-19 Vaccine during the holy month of Ramadan.GPs across Tees Valley have urged practising Muslims to ensure they get their first or second dose of the jab if it is offered during this time. To reassure the Muslim community, the British Islamic Medical Association has reviewed the analysis of … [Read more...] about GPs urge Muslim Community to get Covid-19 vaccine during Ramadan
Your pharmacies are able to provide qualified health advice on everyday illnesses and answer any questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. Check the opening times of your nearest pharmacy: Easter opening hours Remember, do not visit your pharmacy if you are experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 (including fever, loss of smell or taste and/or a new, continuous … [Read more...] about Pharmacy Easter Opening Times
GPs across Teesside have warned of the danger to patient safety after phone lines are 'blocked' with a deluge of calls from patients inquiring about Covid-19 vaccinations. Health chiefs are once again urging people NOT to contact their GP practice to ask about Covid-19 vaccinations, as extreme volumes of calls are preventing patients’ with urgent healthcare needs from … [Read more...] about GPs warn of danger to patient safety as phone lines are ‘blocked’ with COVID vaccine queries
A fifth Large Vaccination Centre for the region will open at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium on Monday 22nd March 2021 adding even more capacity to help the NHS vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible. Take-up of the vaccine has been strong; nine out of 10 people aged 65 and over have already taken up their first dose. Already the NHS in the region … [Read more...] about Fifth Vaccination Centre to open in the North East and North Cumbria in Middlesbrough
While the whole of the NHS doubles down to urge everyone already invited to take up the offer, new invitations are now going out nationally to millions of people aged 50 to 54 in the latest stage of the programme, the biggest in NHS history and fastest in Europe. NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “Just 100 days since the NHS gave the world’s first Covid jab outside … [Read more...] about NHS England Invites Everyone Aged 50 And Over to Be Jabbed As NHS Vaccination Programme Marks 100th Day
Contracting COVID-19 is a distressing experience that affects people differently, meaning you may have different care and wellbeing needs to others. Although most people who have a mild case of COVID-19 recover quickly, around one in ten patients will report prolonged symptoms that can last for several weeks or even months. These symptoms can include: Chronic … [Read more...] about Recovering from COVID-19 – What Should You Expect?
GPs across Tees Valley are reassuring people that it remains safe to have the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine following advice from the UK medicines regulator and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Dr Janet Walker, medical director, Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), backed the findings of Dr Phil Bryan, vaccine, safety lead at the Medicines and Healthcare Products … [Read more...] about Health officials urge people to continue to have their COVID-19 jabs after evidence shows no link between the vaccine and blood clots.
Please don’t contact your GP practice or Community Pharmacy to seek a vaccine, the NHS will contact you. When you are invited, please be sure to attend your booked appointments. Please attend your appointment on your own. If you need assistance, please bring only one person with you. If we have more people attending, it is difficult to maintain social distancing. Even … [Read more...] about Getting your Covid-19 vaccine
The Northern CCG Joint Committee virtual meeting highlights the minutes and the matters arising discussed on 11th March 2021. You can watch the meeting in the video below: … [Read more...] about Northern CCG Joint Committee Meeting March 2021
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has spoken about how better technology and accurate data is vital for efficiency and better decision-making in the NHS. One exponent of this is the digital portal, Capacity Tracker, which is proving to be a valuable tool for individuals, commissioners and health and social care providers across the North East … [Read more...] about Capacity Tracker
The UK Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe, have said that evidence does not suggest that the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab is linked to blood clots. People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so. Please read more here: … [Read more...] about Response to COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca reports
Today a patient in a GP surgery in Bishop Auckland received the millionth vaccine given in the North East and North Cumbria. The region is continuing to progress quickly with the majority of vaccinations being given through GP led services working as part of a Primary Care Network supported by the four large vaccination centres in the region and community … [Read more...] about Millionth patient vaccinated in North East and North Cumbria
The National Booking Service has begun carefully trialling a text message service for Covid-19 vaccination invitations and reminders, in addition to the letters that are currently sent to eligible people. Over 400,000 people aged 55 or in receipt of Carer’s Allowance were the first to receive text message invites from Tuesday 9 March.. The text message will be sent using the … [Read more...] about SMS Vaccination Appointment Invites
As the vaccination programme progresses many of us will soon be visiting a vaccination centre. To help you understand how to access the Darlington Vaccination centre and what will happen when you visit a vaccination centre to get your Covid-19 vaccine we are sharing the video below with you. The video follows a patients journey at the new Darlington Vaccination … [Read more...] about Darlington Mass Vaccination Centre
Nine out of 10 people aged 65 and over have now had their first covid vaccine, NHS England announced today, as invites to those aged 60 to 63 began landing on doormats. The NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in the health service’s history, has jabbed more than more than 17 million people in a matter of weeks, including four in five people aged 65 to … [Read more...] about NHS Invites People Aged 60-Plus To Book Life-Saving Covid Jab
A fourth Large Vaccination Centre for the region will open at the Darlington Arena on Monday 1st March 2021 adding even more capacity to help the NHS vaccinate as many people as possible as quickly as possible. Already the NHS in the region has vaccinated over 904,000 people, with all people aged over 80 now vaccinated, nine out of ten older care home residents plus large … [Read more...] about Fourth Large Vaccination Centre for the region to open in Darlington
The NHS is prioritising vaccinating those experts have agreed will benefit from having it the most. From Monday 15th February, people in cohorts 5 and 6 are being invited by the NHS to have their vaccine. These are: Cohort 5 - all those 65 years of age and over Cohort 6 - all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them … [Read more...] about Covid-19 Who is being vaccinated next?
NHS staff will begin vaccinating people aged 65 to 69 and those who are clinically vulnerable against Covid from Monday 15 February with over one million people already invited to book a jab. Almost 1.2 million letters were due to land on doorsteps on Saturday 13February asking people to log on to the national booking service … [Read more...] about NHS Offers Covid Jab To Clinically Vulnerable And People 65 to 69
Summary In just two months, the health service has vaccinated more than 10 million people, visited 10,000 care homes and issued over six million invitations from the National Booking Service. The last invites to those aged 70 and over on the Shielded Patients List who are yet to be vaccinated have now either been delivered or are due to arrive this week (w/c 8th Feb), … [Read more...] about Ensuring all eligible people over 70 have the opportunity to be vaccinated
Front line health and social care workers are included as a priority group for vaccination. The majority have been offered vaccination appointments via their employer – if you are employed please check with your manager about how to have your vaccine. There is also a group of front line workers who are self employed such as personal assistants working under personal … [Read more...] about COVID-19 vaccination registration for health and social care workers
Last updated - 04 February 2021 (Information correct at the time of publishing. Vaccination facts will be updated as guidance changes) The vaccine was approved too quickly; it won't be safe. Fact: Most vaccines take years to develop, test and approve for public use but, a global effort has meant scientists have been able to work at record speed. The NHS … [Read more...] about Covid -19 Vaccinations The Facts
Elderly care homes across Tees Valley have received their first life-saving COVID-19 vaccinations. Working together GP practices across the region have provided the vaccine to residents and staff as part of the national roll-out, which is prioritising those most at risk from the virus. All older persons care home residents have now been offered the vaccine - with the … [Read more...] about Care Homes across Tees Valley receive their first dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine.
GPs in Tees Valley have stressed that patients invited to book a vaccination appointment at The Centre for Life, Newcastle, - the North-East's designated mass vaccination site - can choose to wait until they are contacted by their local GP. NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), medical director, Dr Janet Walker said: “Letters from NHS England have been sent to … [Read more...] about Health officials are reassuring patients that they will be able to get their Covid-19 vaccination locally if they prefer not to travel to a mass vaccination site.
GP’s, nurses, pharmacists and other NHS staff have already vaccinated thousands of patients’ across Tees Valley in the first phase of the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out. Led by local primary care networks, the national immunisation programme is set to continue over the coming weeks helping to vaccinate patients aged 80 and over who have been identified as a priority group for the … [Read more...] about GP practices across Tees Valley continue to roll out the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history
Make sure you know which pharmacies are open over the festive season. If you need health advice, they’re experts in medicines and minor ailments and you can drop in without an appointment. You can find details of the pharmacies open over Christmas and New Year here. … [Read more...] about Christmas and Pharmacy opening times
We have been working together with a range of partners involved in health and care services across Darlington and County Durham to support how we overcome some of the recent challenges. You can find information about what has been happening in local services and stories from staff working on the frontline. … [Read more...] about News from your local health and care services
Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and is now available to priority groups. Vaccinations are being delivered according to the priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The vaccinations may not take place at your GP practice, but rather a local vaccination … [Read more...] about Covid-19 Vaccination Priority Groups
As we approach winter, the NHS sees more ailments and illnesses that can be easily treated at home with the aid of some advice (see www.nhs.uk) and a range of medicines you can buy. What medicines should I keep at home? Here are some of the medicines that you should keep in your medicine cabinet. You should also keep a well-prepared first aid kit as this can help to treat … [Read more...] about Is Your Medicine Cabinet Winter Ready?
This year Egglescliffe School are paying tribute to the NHS in their Christmas Concert. Their annual Christmas concern will feature beautiful festive music from older members of the senior choir, brass band, string orchestra and urban voice choir who have written a fabulous song especially for the NHS. Students and staff at the school want to show appreciation … [Read more...] about School Support: A Tees Valley school shows appreciation for the NHS
The NHS across the North East and North Cumbria is asking the public to stay safe this Christmas as it releases a film to thank staff, partners and communities for their unwavering support this year. Music legend and north easterner Mark Knopfler has given permission to our region’s NHS to use the music and lyrics from Brothers In Arms. The film brings together a series of … [Read more...] about Thank you and keep going – asks the region’s NHS as Christmas approaches
HEALTH chiefs across Tees Valley are urging people to ‘please be patient’ when contacting their GP practice and to only go to A&E in a real emergency. Busy doctors’ surgeries across Tees Valley are asking patients, who may be waiting longer than usual to speak to their GP, not to go to A&E unless they really need to. Cleveland Local Medical Committee, medical … [Read more...] about Please be a Patient Patient
The biggest vaccine campaign in NHS history kicked off this morning, as 90-year-old grandmother Margaret Keenan became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer Covid-19 jab following its clinical approval. At 6.31AM early riser Margaret, known to friends and family as Maggie, was given the life-saving jab by nurse May Parsons at her local hospital in … [Read more...] about Landmark Moment As First NHS Patient Receives Covid-19 Vaccination
NURSERY children have donned their superhero capes and masks to share an important message for parents and carers across the region - that there’s still time to have your child vaccinated against the flu. The miniature superheroes have appeared in a new film to remind parents and carers to #DoYourBit and that it’s never been more important for children to get a flu … [Read more...] about There’s still time for your child to be a superhero and do their bit to fight flu
If you live in County Durham and Darlington and have used the Community Equipment Service in the last 18 months, we are interested in listening to your views as we are carrying out a review to improve it. Across County Durham and Darlington, health and care organisations are working together to help understand the experiences of individuals who have used the Community … [Read more...] about Have you used the Community Equipment Service?
PEOPLE across Tees Valley might be busy putting up their trees and checking their shopping lists but health officials are urging them to make sure they have one thing ordered well in advance of the Christmas holidays – their prescriptions. NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is reminding people to enjoy the festive season in good health by ordering their … [Read more...] about Is your repeat prescription on your Christmas list?
We’re proud to be supporting the Do It For Yourself campaign as part of a coalition which aims to raise awareness of the signs of lung cancer and encourage the people of Tees Valley to contact their GP if they’ve been experiencing a cough or ongoing breathlessness for three weeks or more. This year, we’ve become a nation of DIYers with more of us taking care of our homes, … [Read more...] about Supporting the Do It For Yourself lung cancer campaign
SURGICAL teams have performed their first regional anaesthetic procedure at Redcar Primary Care Hospital. Utilising the hospital’s newly commissioned operating theatre, the hand service at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust performed Redcar Hospital’s first regional anaesthetic on 9 November, paving the way for a much wider range of procedures at the community … [Read more...] about Regional anaesthetic paves the way for more surgical procedures at Redcar
HEALTH officials are asking people to continue to support their local GP practices during the Covid-19 pandemic. To ensure patients and staff are kept safe during the pandemic, all GP surgeries are required to ask patients to contact them first, before turning up at their local practice. Most patients do this by phone, resulting in long waits to get through to their … [Read more...] about GP Practices in Tees Valley are asking residents for their continued patience and understanding with current demand for appointments.
PEOPLE across Tees Valley can now access the Urgent Treatment Centre at Redcar Primary Care Hospital until 11.30pm from today (16 November) and throughout the winter. It comes as NHS trusts across the region ask people to do their bit by thinking pharmacy, GP, and 111 in order to keep A&Es free for life-threatening emergencies. Urgent treatment centres offer people … [Read more...] about Redcar Urgent Treatment Centre extends opening hours
TEES Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) director of strategy and delivery Diane Murphy has completed her first ever marathon to help raise money for the YMCA. Diane completed the 26.2 mile challenge on October 4 by running and walking around Darlington in a time of six hours and 55 minutes. She joined more than 45,000 runners across world in the 2020 virtual London … [Read more...] about Tees Valley CCG Director runs virtual London Marathon for youth charity
NHS chiefs in Teesside are celebrating being highly commended for the innovative work they have done to improve the health and wellbeing of patients before surgery, which is making a huge difference to patient recovery. The ‘PREPWELL’ team were runners up in the Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine Team of the Year Category of the British Medical Journal Awards announced … [Read more...] about National Recognition for Improving Patient Care
A new NHS service for armed forces veterans experiencing severe mental health problems across the North of England has launched ahead of Remembrance Day this November. The Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service (HIS) provides care and treatment for veterans who are in a mental health crisis and need urgent help. It will do this by working with local mental health … [Read more...] about A new Veterans’ Mental Health Service for the North of England
If you have a symptom that could be cancer (such as unexplained blood that doesn’t come from an obvious injury, an unexplained lump, weight loss which feels significant to you or an unexplained pain that doesn’t go away) a maternity concern, or a routine appointment, the NHS is here to help you and can see you safely. While the number of urgent cancer referrals is back up to … [Read more...] about Be Clear on Cancer and Help Us Help You
HEALTH officials are asking people to support their local GP practices during the Covid-19 pandemic. To ensure patients and staff are kept safe during the pandemic, all GP surgeries are required to ask patients to contact them first, before turning up at their local practice. Most patients do this by phone, resulting in long waits to get through to their surgery, … [Read more...] about How you can help your local GP practice
#DoYourBit to protect the NHS by keeping A&E free for serious emergencies HEALTH leaders across Tees Valley are asking people to continue to do their bit by thinking pharmacy, GP and 111 online first - and not just turning up to A&E. The plea is the first part of a new ‘do your bit’ campaign aimed at raising awareness of the first routes people should take for … [Read more...] about Get the right care, in the right place – think pharmacy, 111 and GP first
David Gallagher, Chief Officer of NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group, urges people to protect their loved ones by signing up to the NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app. The quicker you know the sooner you could help keep your loved ones safe. … [Read more...] about NHS COVID-19 contact tracing app
COVID-19 has changed the way that people are accessing NHS services. A recent survey of 2,178 people found that almost half (48%) of the public would delay or not seek medical help at all. A fifth (22%) would not want to burden the NHS, and a similar proportion said that fear of getting coronavirus or passing it onto others was a major reason for not getting help. Today, NHS … [Read more...] about Help Us Help You campaign urges public to contact their GP if they are worried about a symptom that could be cancer
The NHS’ winter campaign – ‘Help Us, Help You’ – is here to help make it easier to understand the things you can do to manage your health during winter and get the best out of your NHS. We all know that the NHS can be especially busy during the winter months, and everyone can benefit by following the expert advice of NHS staff; to prevent an illness getting worse; take the best … [Read more...] about NHS launches Help Us Help You winter campaign
Mo was referred to the free local Healthier You NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme which is run by Weight Watchers (WW). "I've experienced an overwhelming shift in both body and mind" There are many benefits I've felt on my (WW) journey so far. I was unaware of these benefits when I first embarked on this wonderful and transforming endeavour of self-discovery and … [Read more...] about With high cholesterol and a risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, Mo decided it was time for a change
Last month saw the launch of the Get Well for Winter campaign developed by the North East and Cumbria Learning Disability Network and Skills for People. Get Well for Winter is a programme running from 7th September until Christmas to support and empower people with a learning disability and their supporters in the North East and Cumbria to Get Well this Winter. It will focus on … [Read more...] about Get Well for Winter campaign
HEALTH experts are taking steps to help older people stay steady on their feet. NHS, local authority and voluntary organisations across South Tees have launched an innovative new falls prevention tool to help older people stay safe. The ‘Steady on Your Feet’ campaign and self-assessment tool offers practical help and advice and a range of online resources to help reduce … [Read more...] about New online falls prevention tool launched across South Tees
Long-serving Sky Sports presenter and Prostate Cancer UK ambassador, Jeff Stelling, born in Hartlepool, is supporting the NHS across Teesside as they urge men at increased risk of prostate cancer to contact their GP as urgent referrals drop by over 50 per cent in the North-East compared to the same period last year. Men over 50, particularly black men, and those with a … [Read more...] about Local legend Jeff Stelling urges men to speak to their GP if they are at increased risk of prostate cancer
HEALTH and care chiefs from across the North East and North Cumbria are asking people to #DoYourBit to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community by having a free flu vaccination this winter. The plea comes as the region starts its biggest ever flu vaccination programme with more people eligible for the free vaccine this year and amid concerns the months ahead … [Read more...] about #DoYourBit to protect yourself and others by having a free flu vaccination
After losing 2 1/2 stone using a simple calorie diet with the object of reducing my weight to alleviate my knee problem. Having lost that weight I was very self satisfied so I was shocked to be diagnosed as pre diabetic and was referred to Weight Watchers (WW) by the NHS. I will admit to being a bit sceptical, having done all sorts of diet for years and subsequently put weight … [Read more...] about Read Rodney’s story – is losing weight enough to prevent Type 2 Diabetes?
It is now 12 weeks since all dental services were able to resume face to face care. Since the beginning of June 2020, we have seen increasing numbers of dental practices opening for face to face care and we would like to acknowledge all those dental staff who have risen to the various challenges and for their ongoing commitment to patient care. Current … [Read more...] about COVID-19: Resumption of dental services
The numbers of people contacting their GP with suspected cancer symptoms dropped dramatically during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although referral rates are steadily going up, people with lung cancer symptoms are not coming forward. Dr Janet Walker, medical director, NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said, ‘The symptoms of lung cancer are a persistent … [Read more...] about NHS bosses urge people to contact their GP if they have symptoms of lung cancer which are similar to Covid
Type 2 diabetes can be a very serious health condition and can lead to long-term health problems if left untreated. The good news is that you can significantly reduce your risk by making small lifestyle changes that will make a big difference; maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and being active are all steps that you can take today. Your local Healthier You NHS … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes – read Isobel’s weight loss journey
Every two minutes someone finds out that they have Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be a very serious health condition that can cause long term health problems. It can lead to sight loss, kidney failure, loss of a limb, and makes you at least twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke. Being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes can have a huge impact on you and your … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes – it’s time to get serious
GPs across Teesside are reminding members of the public that GP services remain open and that if anyone requires a consultation with a doctor or nurse, they shouldn’t delay contacting their local practice. During the Covid-19 pandemic fewer patients have been seeking help from their GP and this is concerning as there may be people who need medical advice and whose conditions … [Read more...] about GP practices are still open
Patients with COVID across the Tees Valley will receive care and support from the comfort of their own homes under an innovative new pilot, one of just three to be introduced in the country. Patients will be loaned an easy to use device called a pulse oximeter which is attached to the end of their finger and monitors the level of oxygen in the blood. The blood oxygen … [Read more...] about Tees Valley chosen as pilot site for innovative COVID ‘virtual ward’
Health chiefs across the North East and North Cumbria are warning local communities to remain vigilant and #doyourbit to prevent lockdowns and protect each other from coronavirus. While rates of the virus have remained generally stable across the region, health and care leaders are reminding communities that this could change at any point and they must not become … [Read more...] about Health chiefs make plea to help avoid local lockdown
We're interested in hearing from Mums, Dads, Grandparents, other family members, anyone who has accompanied someone to a maternity appointment - all your opinions are valuable. Anyone who is/ has been pregnant this year (especially during lockdown), may have experienced a different antenatal service to others previously. Services had to make amendments to fit in with … [Read more...] about Antenatal Services – Future Models of Care
MIDDLESBROUGH must act now to avoid the threat of a local lockdown in the coming weeks, businesses and residents are being warned. Mayor Andy Preston has today said he fears the town is “on the fringe of something serious” as he urges people to act responsibly. The Council and Public Health England are responding to several coronavirus breakouts across the town. And … [Read more...] about Town urged to act as COVID lockdown looms
Customers who have visited Armando's restaurant in Redcar between 19 and 22 August are being urged to self-isolate after two members of staff have tested positive for Covid-19. On Monday (24 August), the restaurant took the decision to temporarily close its premises after the team members began showing symptoms of the virus. Since the closure, both tests have come back as … [Read more...] about Staff test positive at Armando’s in Redcar
Please see here for important information regarding an increase of Coronavirus cases in Middlesbrough being investigated by public health experts. … [Read more...] about New Coronavirus cases found in Middlesbrough
On Monday 27th July, Public Health England launched a major new adult health campaign to seize the opportunity for a national reset moment of health.Nearly two thirds (63%) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity. Gaining weight is often a gradual process that takes place over a number of years and modern life doesn’t always make it easy. But this extra weight … [Read more...] about Better Health
As dental practices are now starting to provide face to face treatment across Tees Valley, the message from health bosses is, if you need help from a dentist, contact your practice by phone or email. Please don't visit your practice unless you've been advised to. David Gallagher, chief officer, NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: ‘A number of … [Read more...] about Can I go to the dentist yet?
A MIDDLESBROUGH GP is helping to shine a light on NHS heroes from Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole to modern day medics serving on the front-line against Coronavirus. Dr Vaishali Nanda, of The Discovery Practice, Middlesbrough, is to appear in a new online documentary to highlight the work of medical staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. The documentary, directed by … [Read more...] about Middlesbrough GP to appear in documentary to celebrate NHS front-line heroes
If you have utilised the Daisy Chain Family Support Service in Hartlepool and Stockton on Tees we would appreciate it if you could complete the below survey. The survey closes at the end of July 2020. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XHSZ6BP … [Read more...] about Family Support Service Survey
At the end of every financial year we publish a report that describes our work during the previous year. It tells people how we spent our budget; what our priorities were; and what some of our biggest successes and challenges were. It also includes who we have been working with such as local councils and details of what we have talked to local people about their health and … [Read more...] about Annual reports 2019/20
The Annual Reports for the former NHS Darlington CCG, NHS South Tees CCG and NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG for 2019 - 2020 are available here … [Read more...] about Annual Report
The Public Health Team at Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council would like to seek your views on our Sexual Health Services in the Borough. Since 1 April 2013, local authorities have had a responsibility to improve the health of the population through the provision and commissioning of effective and efficient Sexual Health services. The current service is commissioned from Virgin … [Read more...] about Sexual Health survey – we want your views!
NHS encourages personal responsibility as pubs reopen at the weekend Every preventable call out or visit to hospital due to alcohol slows down our response to another incident such as a stroke or a cardiac arrest. The NHS across the North East and North Cumbria is encouraging people to enjoy themselves responsibly as bars and pubs reopen on Saturday 4 July for the first … [Read more...] about NHS encourages personal responsibility this weekend
Worried you have cancer but not calling your GP because of Coronavirus? Read Margaret from Billingham’s story about how she battled Covid-19 at the same time as being diagnosed and treated for cancer during the Coronavirus pandemic. Margaret is 73 years old and lives with her husband in Billingham. Margaret who describes herself as always being fit and healthy began to … [Read more...] about Cancer during Covid-19 – Margaret’s story
Face masks are NOT considered to be suitable for children during the COVID-19 pandemic – particularly very young children, but they are unlikely to be beneficial to older children too. Homemade masks tend to prevent the spread of the virus to others, rather than offer protection to the wearer.If not used properly, they can increase the risk of spreading and catching COVID-19 … [Read more...] about Advice regarding masks and young children
HEALTH officials and patients in Tees Valley have praised new ways of working after Coronavirus led to an overnight revolution in digital healthcare. Facing the risk of Covid-19 infection, GP practices were forced to make sweeping changes to traditional face-to-face consultations and doctors and patients have welcomed many of the new ways. To protect patients and staff, … [Read more...] about GP’s and patients welcome new digital ways of working
Health chiefs across the area have joined together to launch a new cancer campaign “Why wait? Cancer doesn’t”, aimed at tackling the fall in the number of people going to their GP with concerns regarding cancer symptoms. Seven clinical commissioning groups (Tees Valley CCG, North Tyneside CCG, Sunderland CCG, South Tyneside CCG, County Durham CCG, Newcastle Gateshead CCG and … [Read more...] about Cancer campaign tackles drop in urgent referrals
Worried you have cancer but not calling your GP because of Coronavirus? Read Clare from Yarm’s story about how she was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer during the Coronavirus pandemic. Clare is 42 and lives with her husband and 12 year old daughter in Yarm. On the 9th April whilst recovering from suspected Coronavirus she felt an itch under her arm. This is where … [Read more...] about Cancer during Covid-19 – Clare’s story
The NHS in the north east and north Cumbria is reminding the public to have face coverings available to wear when they attend health care settings. Face coverings should cover the mouth and nose while allowing the wearer to breathe comfortably and can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head to give a snug fit. Alongside wearing a face covering, people … [Read more...] about Wear a face covering when attending healthcare settings
The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Darlington CCG, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG and South Tees CCG will take place 3-5pm on Monday 20 July. We will be presenting our annual reports from 2019/20 which will be added to the Tees Valley CCG website in advance of the AGMs. We are still exploring what format the meetings will take; however, if you are interested in … [Read more...] about Annual General Meeting
NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a new helpline in response to disruption to normal diabetes services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response. The service is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require immediate clinical advice. The helpline is not designed to replace the routine care you receive from your usual care … [Read more...] about NHS Diabetes Advice Helpline
HEALTH officials across Teesside have launched a new service to provide community access to Urgent Eye Care during COVID-19. NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (STHFT) have developed the temporary service to help people receive eye care without the need to attend hospital while COVID restrictions remain in … [Read more...] about New service improves access to Urgent Eye Care
During the current pandemic no one expects parents to act as teachers or childcare providers. Or to be able to provide all the activities that a nursery might. While children gain a lot from nursery, things that parents do at home can help their development more. For more information on how you can support your child's progression visit here … [Read more...] about Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus
FORMER armed forces personnel will soon be able to access a new NHS service to support them during a mental health crisis. Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) has been appointed as lead provider for this new service to improve the health and lives of former military personnel across the North of England. The Veterans Mental Health High Intensity … [Read more...] about New Veterans’ Mental Health High Intensity Service in the North of England
HEALTH chiefs are warning that delaying childhood immunisations, during the Covid-19 pandemic, could lead to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. Public health experts, and GPs, across Teesside are urging parents and carers to continue to vaccinate their children to prevent against deadly and highly contagious childhood diseases including measles and whooping … [Read more...] about Delaying childhood vaccinations could lead to deadly outbreaks
TODAY is a great day for it! Your first day without cigarettes can be difficult, but there are resources to help you get through cravings, manage withdrawal symptoms, and stay motivated to become smokefree. It’s never too late - from the moment you quit your body starts to repair itself and if you are trying to quit, you don’t have to go it alone. There are a number of … [Read more...] about Today is the Day – to Quit
As lockdown measures continue, GPs want to send a very clear message that general practices are open and the NHS is still able to provide essential and urgent treatment for cancer. With health chiefs expecting a back log of patients with potential cancer symptoms they want to encourage people to contact their GP practice if they notice something out of the ordinary and offer … [Read more...] about Message from GPs – Don’t ignore symptoms of cancer
Type 2 diabetes is a condition that causes the level of sugar (glucose) in the blood to become too high. It can cause symptoms like excessive thirst, needing to pee a lot and tiredness. It can also increase your risk of getting serious problems with your eyes, heart and nerves. It is normal to feel angry, upset or shocked when you have been told that you have type … [Read more...] about Diabetes training for people living with Type 2 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes causes the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood to become too high. It happens when your body can't produce a hormone called insulin which controls blood glucose. About 10 percent of people with diabetes in the UK have type 1 diabetes. We're not sure what causes type 1 diabetes, but it's got nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. There’s so much … [Read more...] about Diabetes training for parents or carers of children with Type 1 Diabetes
WORKING with regional partners NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a virtual programme to help parents and carers understand and respond to their crying baby. Research has shown that this knowledge helps to reduce risk and prevent the potential injuries caused by shaking. ‘ICON – Babies Cry, You can Cope’ is designed to help parents and carers … [Read more...] about Health officials launch campaign to prevent ‘shaken baby syndrome’ across the region
Health officials across Teesside are urging people to contact their GP if they have a symptom they are worried about as urgent GP hospital referrals for suspected cancer fall by 75% during the Coronavirus pandemic The plea is being made amid fears that people with cancer symptoms are not coming forward as they worry about seeking help during the lockdown. Dr Janet Walker, … [Read more...] about NHS urges people to seek help for cancer symptoms
Dr Mark Dornan has recorded a helpful video as a North East GP, outlining how to get healthcare during the coronavirus outbreak. In the video, Mark explains: How health and care services have had to adapt and we all need to use them differentlyWhy we need you to prioritise looking after your own health at this timeIf you do need help, please don’t wait The video is … [Read more...] about North East GP outlines how to get healthcare during the Coronavirus outbreak
FRONTLINE workers on Teesside benefit from construction industry PPE donation FRONTLINE workers on Teesside have benefited from a UK wide construction industry initiative to help source personal protective equipment (PPE) for NHS and care staff. Health officials in Tees Valley have taken delivery of boxes of protective coveralls donated from the National Equipment Appeal … [Read more...] about NHS and care workers on Teesside benefit from construction industry PPE donation
A LEADING European steel manufacturer has donated personal protective equipment (PPE) to NHS and care staff treating Covid-19 patients. British Steel, which has operations at Lackenby near Redcar, and in Skinningrove near Saltburn-by-the-Sea, provided masks, gloves, hand sanitiser and wipes to help keep front-line workers safe in the battle against coronavirus. The … [Read more...] about Teesside steel company helps build stock of PPE supplies for front line care workers
The Northern Cancer Alliance website has brought together sources of COVID-19 information and support for people affected by cancer. This includes information from cancer charities such as Macmillan, Cancer Research UK and the Teenage Cancer Trust, as well as tumour specific charities such as Bowel Cancer UK, Breast Cancer Now and Bloodwise. The website also includes health … [Read more...] about Useful information from the Northern Cancer Alliance
LOCAL GP surgeries are to remain open on VE Day to help the NHS cope with the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. Patients across Tees Valley will be able to access their GP practice, as usual, on Friday, May, 8. The change to traditional bank holiday opening hours comes as GPs across the country continue to help alleviate the growing pressures on out-of-hours … [Read more...] about GP practices will remain open over the VE Day Bank Holiday
As social isolation continues during the Coronavirus lockdown health officials want to encourage people across Teesside to seek help if they are feeling lonely or distressed. There is a range of support available both nationally and locally but people often don’t know where or how to find it. A new service called IMPACT, launched on April 1st, is supporting the mental … [Read more...] about Tackling loneliness and distress during lockdown
Community pharmacies across Teesside are currently seeing unprecedented demand for services during the Covid-19 pandemic. Local health officials are asking patients and members of the public to take some very simple steps to help support pharmacies and ensure that everyone continues to get the medicines, help and support they need. To help pharmacies to cope under the … [Read more...] about Pharmacies see unprecedented demand
The country is to be asked to observe a minute’s silence at 11 am today (Tuesday 28 April) to remember all the health, care and other key workers who have lost their lives to coronavirus. UNISON, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives – who between them represent more than a million NHS and public service workers, including porters, refuse collectors … [Read more...] about Call for minute’s silence to honour all workers who have died from coronavirus
The head of the NHS has launched a major new drive to persuade the public to seek the urgent care and treatment they need. NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens warned that delays in getting treatment due to coronavirus fears pose a long term risk to people’s health. The plea comes alongside new findings that four in ten people are too concerned about being a burden on … [Read more...] about Help us help you: NHS urges public to get care when they need it
HEALTH officials have praised the efforts of organisations across the North East for their donations of equipment and supplies to keep frontline staff safe during the Covid-19 pandemic. NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs) has expressed its appreciation for the generous offers of personal protective equipment (PPE), help and support from the local business … [Read more...] about Health officials thank businesses for donations of vital PPE for frontline staff
Diabetes UK is urging parents not to let coronavirus fears stop them from seeking medical help if they’re worried their child is showing the signs and symptoms of type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is the most common form in children and young people. But new research from Diabetes UK has found that almost a quarter (23%) of all newly diagnosed children and young people with … [Read more...] about Diabetes UK urges parents to be 4Ts aware during lockdown
People across Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees are being urged to keep an eye on children’s welfare during the Coronavirus pandemic. “The fact that children are a lot less visible because of the current lockdown makes it even more important for people to keep an eye on their wellbeing,” says Dave Pickard, Independent Chair of the Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Safeguarding … [Read more...] about Keep a caring eye on children during the lockdown
There has been a significant rise in the number of people using online GP consultations across Teesside during the Coronavirus lockdown and doctors want to encourage others to use them. GPs are urging people not to delay seeking treatment if they are unwell and as well as phone and video consultations, what are known as e-consultations, available in many practices across … [Read more...] about Rise in online GP consultations
Doctors are urging parents to contact their GP Practice if their child is unwell amid concerns that parents are delaying seeking medical attention during the Coronavirus lockdown for fear of contracting the virus or not wanting to bother the NHS during this time. While Coronavirus is unlikely to make children unwell, other illnesses, if symptoms are ignored may make them … [Read more...] about Message to parents from GPs: don’t delay treatment if your child is unwell
Dental practices across the Tees Valley remain open and are just a telephone call away if you need advice during the Coronavirus pandemic. Patients should first telephone their dental practice for advice and support and where appropriate medication can be arranged to manage urgent dental care symptoms. Where clinically appropriate, urgent face to face treatment … [Read more...] about Bad toothache? Dental practices across the Tees Valley remain open
HEALTH officials in the Tees Valley are reminding people the NHS is still ‘open for business’ after concerns that patients may be putting off using health services for illnesses not related to Coronavirus. Despite mounting pressures across the UK, health chiefs are urging patients to continue to contact their local health services if they need medical help. Dr Janet … [Read more...] about NHS services are still ‘Open for Business’ across the Tees Valley
Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself. Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured.Remember that NHS 111, GPs and … [Read more...] about Advice for parents during COVID-19
GPs urge people not to delay treatment if they are unwell Health officials are reminding people that GP practices remain open during the Coronavirus lockdown and not to delay treatment if they are unwell. Doctors across Tees Valley are urging patients to continue to contact their local practice if they have a serious healthcare need. David Gallagher, chief officer for … [Read more...] about DO NOT delay treatment if you are unwell!
HEALTH officials are urging patients NOT to contact their GP practice if they haven’t yet received a government Coronavirus social ‘shielding’ letter. Just under one million extremely vulnerable people across the UK, at highest risk of needing hospital treatment if they catch Coronavirus, have already been contacted by NHS England asking them to stay at home for at … [Read more...] about Health officials urge patients NOT to contact their GP Practice directly about social shielding
A PIONEERING new service is helping to support the mental health and wellbeing of people across Teesside. IMPACT on Teesside is the primary care therapy service, available for people aged 16 and over, who are registered with a GP surgery in Stockton-on Tees, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Redcar. Commissioned by NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group the … [Read more...] about Looking after your mental health and wellbeing
Local provision for emotional health and wellbeing support for children and young people is still available over the telephone. Local Authority Wellbeing and Mental Health … [Read more...] about Local Children’s Emotional and Mental Wellbeing provision
LOCAL GP surgeries are to remain open over the Easter Bank Holiday to help the NHS cope with the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. Patients across Tees Valley will be able to access their GP practice on both Good Friday and Easter Monday. The change to traditional Easter opening hours comes as GPs across the country move to help alleviate the growing pressures on out-of-hours … [Read more...] about GP practices across Tees Valley open over Easter
Kooth is a web based confidential support service available to young people aged 11-18 years across Teesside, County Durham and North Yorkshire. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people. Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified … [Read more...] about Kooth.com – An Online Service to Support the Wellbeing and Resilience of Young People
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. Pharmacies are also able to provide qualified health advice on everyday illnesses and answer any questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. Make sure you know the opening times! You are advised to telephone the … [Read more...] about Your pharmacy Easter opening times
Feeling anxious? Need someone to talk to? If you are aged between 11 and 18 and live or study in Darlington and finding the current situation hard to cope with you can call a dedicated helpline being delivered by the Listening Post and Darlington Mind, from 1st April 2020. You do not need to be already accessing or waiting to access The Listening Post or Darlington MIND … [Read more...] about Children and Young People in Darlington (COVID-19)
IMPACT on Teesside, a pioneering new NHS-commissioned service, launches on 1 April 2020 and will support people across Teesside who are experiencing depression, stress, anxiety, and a wide range of other common psychological and emotional issues. IMPACT will also provide recovery support for people who have experienced mental ill-health in the past. Talking therapies are a … [Read more...] about Launch of Teesside’s new Psychological Wellbeing Therapies Service
Message from David Gallagher, Accountable Officer Today (Wednesday 1 April 2020) marks the creation of a new NHS organisation responsible for planning and buying health services for the people of Darlington, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland – NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The CCG has been formed following the … [Read more...] about Update on COVID-19 and NHS commissioning group merger
Transfer of information Information that has been held previously by NHS Darlington CCG, NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees CCG and NHS South Tees CCG is transferring to the new NHS Tees Valley CCG on 1 April 2020. The new CCG will become the new data controller. Any questions about the use of data (including patient data) by the new CCG should be directed to … [Read more...] about Transfer of information to newly formed CCG
Health chiefs in the North East have announced that they are now suspending non-urgent patient transport services to hospitals and clinics and starting to postpone non-urgent planned operations and outpatient appointments to ensure the NHS is as prepared as possible for Coronavirus. The news comes as the region’s NHS steps up plans to cope with increases in patients requiring … [Read more...] about Region’s NHS steps up plans to tackle Coronavirus
As the UK responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, community pharmacies in Darlington are working tirelessly to ensure that everyone’s medicines and healthcare needs are met over the coming days and weeks. Pharmacy teams are a critical part of the NHS and in the past weeks they have seen demand for Over- The-Counter (OTC) medicines, other products, advice and reassurance … [Read more...] about COVID-19: A MESSAGE FROM YOUR LOCAL PHARMACIES
The region’s NHS is appealing to the public to take sensible steps to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The plea from health chiefs comes as detailed planning continues across the NHS in the North East and North Cumbria to ensure it is well prepared to care and protect patients, staff and communities. Plans being rolled out include restricting visiting in … [Read more...] about Keep calm and take sensible steps to protect yourself and others
The NHS in Darlington and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, … [Read more...] about Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
The NHS in Darlington and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. The risk to the general public is moderate. If you have arrived back to the UK from mainland China, … [Read more...] about Information for the public regarding Coronavirus