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Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group

Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group

Update for Newcastle and Gateshead patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

Update for Newcastle and Gateshead patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

It’s your choice If you’ve been diagnosed with wet age-related macular degeneration (‘wet AMD’), the NHS can offer a range of treatments for your condition. Following a recent case at the high court in London, the NHS in our region can now offer a wider range of drugs here

NHS to save millions following legal battle with drug companies

NHS to save millions following legal battle with drug companies

The NHS in the North East and North Cumbria has today won a landmark legal battle against two multinational drug companies that will save the tax payer millions of pounds in the treatment of the biggest cause of age related vision loss in the UK. The news comes after the pharmaceutical giants trihere

Future of Newcastle GP practice secured

Future of Newcastle GP practice secured

Health leaders have confirmed the future of a GP practice in Elswick after awarding a new 10-year contract to deliver services at the site. The Grainger Medical Group is currently operated for the NHS by Newcastle GP Services Ltd, who have been awarded the new contract from 1 October 2018. Newhere

Less than half of eligible population received NHS Health Check that helps spot diabetes Millions miss out on vital health checks that could save lives

Less than half of eligible population received NHS Health Check that helps spot diabetes 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 ofhere

Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing

Prescribing of over the counter medicines is changing

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 your local community. The team of health professionals at yohere

This bank holiday think GP or pharmacy before A&E

This bank holiday think GP or pharmacy before A&E

People across the North East and North Cumbria 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 practihere

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 people over 50.
Things that inhere

Newcastle’s NHS leaders to share findings from urgent care listening exercise

Newcastle’s NHS leaders to share findings from urgent care listening exercise

NHS leaders in Newcastle are sharing their findings with patients after more than 1200 people gave their views on urgent care services in the city. Urgent care services provide care for minor injuries and minor ailments which need urgent attention but are not serious enough to go to A&E. In Nhere

Governing Body Meeting to be held in public – 17 July 2018

Governing Body Meeting to be held in public – 17 July 2018

Members of the public are invited to attend the Governing Body Meeting to be held in public on 17 May 2018. [embed]http://www.newcastlegatesheadccg.nhs.uk/about-us/governing-body/meeting-papers-and-dates/[/embed] This will take place at Newcastle Gateshead CCG, Riverside House, Newburn,  Newchere

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

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 arehere

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

Celebrating 70 years of the NHS

The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank the extraordinary NHS staff who are always there to care for ushere

Health information for Great Exhibition of the North

Health information for Great Exhibition of the North

If someone falls ill and needs to access NHS services, please see details below explaining which services are available.   Pharmacies Pharmacists are available to provide instant, confidential advice and treatment for minor illnesses, without the need to make an appoinhere

Annual report and accounts 2017-18

Annual report and accounts 2017-18

Our annual report for 2017-18 is now available. It can be found in our publications here. here

True cost of smoking to the North East revealed on World No Tobacco Day

True cost of smoking to the North East revealed on World No Tobacco Day

New data published in time for World No Tobacco Day (May 31) by Action on Smoking Health shows that smoking costs the North East a massive £613.8 million a year. The figures show the additional pressure that smoking is putting on hospitals and GP surgeries, with a £127.5 million bill tohere

NHS launches online counselling for young people in Newcastle and Gateshead

NHS launches online counselling for young people in Newcastle and Gateshead

Children and young people in Newcastle and Gateshead can now access support from mental health counsellors using a free online service supported by the NHS. Kooth.com is an award-winning online counselling and support service which is now available to all young people in Newcastlhere

STOMP Poster Competition: Could You Be The Winner?STOMP Poster Competition: Could You Be The Winner?

STOMP Poster Competition: Could You Be The Winner?STOMP Poster Competition: Could You Be The Winner?

Children and young people across North East and Cumbria have been invited to enter a poster competition to win vouchers worth £200. Anyone aged 25 and under can enter the competition, which asks participants to design a poster on the STOMP initiative, which stands for ‘stopping over medicationhere

Bank holiday pharmacy opening times

Bank holiday pharmacy opening times

Some pharmacies will remain open over the bank holiday, when other services are often unavailable. To view opening hours in Newcastle, Gateshead and surrounding areas please click herehere

Get hay fever help and advice from your pharmacist

Get hay fever help and advice from your pharmacist

As the hay fever season begins, people who suffer from the allergy are being encouraged to visit their pharmacist, rather than their GP, for help and advice. You don’t need a prescription for hay fever medication, as they items can be easily purchased at your local pharmacy or supermarket, oftehere

NHS campaign urges people to ‘be prepared’ this Easter

NHS campaign urges people to ‘be prepared’ this Easter

An NHS campaign is urging people to take early action if they start to feel unwell this Easter. The message to ‘be prepared and stay well’ over the holiday period encourages people most at risk, including those with long-term health conditions and the over 65s, to prepare for the Easter holihere

Successful NHS 111 service will continue to improve under new contract

Successful NHS 111 service will continue to improve under new contract

The successful NHS 111 telephone helpline in the region will continue to improve, as commissioners agree a new contract for the service it was announced today. Current providers the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust will operate the new service under a five-year contract to start here

Join us for a sponsored overnight stay in support of Newcastle’s homeless young people

Join us for a sponsored overnight stay in support of Newcastle’s homeless young people

NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG’s staff are braving a cold March night and sacrificing both a warm bed and a roof over their heads to spend the night under the stars at Riverside House, Newburn, to raise money and awareness of YMCA Newcastle’s homeless prevention work on Friday March 16th, 19.00 –here

Tips for quitting on No Smoking Day

Tips for quitting on No Smoking Day

Wednesday 14 March marks No Smoking Day – an annual challenge to smokers to make a quit attempt. If you smoke, the chances are you’ve tried to quit before. But it’s not all bad news - the most recent evidence here

Public urged to think twice before attending A&E as the thaw puts pressure on NHS services

Public urged to think twice before attending A&E as the thaw puts pressure on NHS services

Following the severe weather, people across the North East are being urged to stay away from A&E unless they are seriously unwell or in need of critical or life-saving care. Members of the public are being reminded to think before dialling 999 and only call if they have a life threatening emergehere

Severe weather plan – Update from North East Ambulance Service

Severe weather plan – Update from North East Ambulance Service

Our severe weather plan, implemented as a result of the adverse weather and poor road conditions, is helping to keep safe our patients and staff. This is our highest priority in these adverse weather conditions. Our operational status remains at level three of four - severe pressure - under thhere

Urgent advice for patients, staff and the public from region’s NHS

Urgent advice for patients, staff and the public from region’s NHS

With the extreme weather across the North East and North Cumbria, the region’s NHS has urgent guidance for patients, staff and the public.

  • Urgent and emergency care services across the region’s hospitals are continuing to run as usual, however, please only attend if absolutehere

NHS England consultation on over-the-counter medicines

NHS England consultation on over-the-counter medicines

NHS England is undertaking a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns. The aim of this online consultation meeting is to provide you with information about the proposed national guidance and to seek your views about the prophere

Important information if you are a patient at Grainger Medical Group or Ponteland Road GP practice

Important information if you are a patient at Grainger Medical Group or Ponteland Road GP practice

The CCG has announced important updates on the future of Grainger Medical Group and Ponteland Road GP practice. Click here for information on Grainger Medical Grouphere

Look after yourself to ease the strain on NHS services, North East GP urges

Look after yourself to ease the strain on NHS services, North East GP urges

People with winter coughs and colds who are contacting their GP practice or visiting A&E to get ‘checked out’ are being asked to try and look after themselves as NHS services in the region come under increasing pressure. GP practices in the North East and Cumbria are reporting that some phere

Delay to some non urgent planned operations to support winter pressures

Delay to some non urgent planned operations to support winter pressures

Dr Stuart Findlay, Co-chair the North East and Cumbria Urgent and Emergency Care Network, which represents all NHS organisations, said: I would like to thank our hard working front line NHS staff, who yet again have made sure that we focus our efforts on those patients who need  our clinical carhere

GP appointments available on evenings and weekends

GP appointments available on evenings and weekends

You can book a GP appointment over the weekend or evening at a treatment centre in Newcastle or Gateshead:Gateshead patients

Gateshead patients

Ring your GP surgery Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm Ring NHS 111 Between 6pm and 8am, weekends and banhere

NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) seeks publics view to improve urgent care services

NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) seeks publics view to improve urgent care services

NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched an engagement exercise to seek the views of the public on how urgent care services for minor injuries and illnesses can be improved.

During the past two years, the CCG and partnehere

Plea as temperatures drop and pressure on the NHS increases

Plea as temperatures drop and pressure on the NHS increases

People in Cumbria and the North East are being encouraged to take care of themselves as temperatures drop and pressure on the NHS increases. More than three and a half million people across the country visit A&E departments every year for self-treatable conditions, such as stomach complaints,here

New service to help people with lung problems

New service to help people with lung problems

A new service hopes to help people with respiratory disease across Newcastle. The new Community Spirometry Service launched on 2 October 2017 to improve the diagnosis of a range of respiratory conditions, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is the name for a group of lhere

Doctors face legal action to prescribe cheap, safe and effective sight loss drug

Doctors face legal action to prescribe cheap, safe and effective sight loss drug

Cheaper drug could release more than £13.5m a year within the next five years for other services GMC guidance is deterring doctors from prescribing cheaper alternative CCG Chief says drug companies should not be able to restrict phere

Primary Care Committee meeting – 31 October 2017

Primary Care Committee meeting – 31 October 2017

Members of the public are welcome to attend a meeting of the NHS body responsible for the planning of healthcare and health services for people living across Newcastle and Gateshead. The next meeting of the NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Primary Care Committee will be here

World Mental Health Day – Gateshead 10th October

World Mental Health Day – Gateshead 10th October

World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health. The Day provides an opportunity for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk ahere

Delivering Together — ‘Delivering what is needed’

Delivering Together — ‘Delivering what is needed’

Join us for the next round of fringe events looking at the redesign of community mental health services in Newcastle and Gateshead. The next theme will be ‘Delivering what is needed’ and will explore how service users, carers and organisations can come together to deliver and receive serviceshere

Local NHS shortlisted for top national award

Local NHS shortlisted for top national award

Working as part of a national programme, NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Pathway of Care Team has been shortlisted for the national Nursing Times ‘Team of the Year’ award for their work with older people living in care homes in Newcastle and Gateshead. The team here

Patients show their support  for GPs in Newcastle and Gateshead

Patients show their support for GPs in Newcastle and Gateshead

Patients in Newcastle and Gateshead have given positive feedback about their overall experience when using their GP practice, with practices in our area being rated as some of the best in England in a new survey. The results of the 2017 GP Patient Survey have been published by NHS England, compilhere

Stay savvy in the summer sun

Stay savvy in the summer sun

Summer is on its way at last – and health experts are reminding people to take care while enjoying the sunshine. Local hospitals and health services see a number of patients every year who have become ill due to summer sun and warmer weather. Professor Chris Gray, medical director for NHS Enhere

Annual report and accounts 2016/17

Annual report and accounts 2016/17

Our annual report for 2016-17 is now available.  It can be found in our publications here.here

Healthy fasting at Ramadan

Healthy fasting at Ramadan

Many members of the Muslim community may be fasting during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan – which this year falls between 26 May and 24 June. It is common for people to have one meal just before sunrise and an evening meal after sunset during Ramadan. During hot weather, dehydrationhere

North East and North Cumbria NHS remind patients to choose wisely this bank holiday weekend

North East and North Cumbria NHS remind patients to choose wisely this bank holiday weekend

NHS organisations across the North East and North Cumbria are reminding patients to think ahead if they need health care advice or services over the bank holiday weekend. To help ease the pressure at a very busy time of year for A&E departments and the ambulance service, the NHS is asking peohere

Consultation on proposals for a Section 75 National Health Service Act 2006 agreement

Consultation on proposals for a Section 75 National Health Service Act 2006 agreement

Gateshead Council, Newcastle City Council and NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group are consulting on proposals to change the way that we work together in relation to placements in independent special schools and colleges, independent children’s residential homes and residential shohere

Public urged to avoid using NHS services if they have minor illness or ailments

Public urged to avoid using NHS services if they have minor illness or ailments

NHS services across the region are extremely busy and are asking the public to think twice before using A&E, GPs practices or calling NHS 111. While GP practices have been open as usual on Monday, many in the North East have been unable to access IT and clinical systems which have meant practhere

Public asked to think carefully about using GP services as the NHS brings its IT systems back online

Public asked to think carefully about using GP services as the NHS brings its IT systems back online

GP practices across the North East and North Cumbria will be open as usual on Monday, but many are still bringing their IT and clinical systems back on-line following the cyber-attack which took place on Friday 12 May 2017 and affected many organisations around the world. Some practices will not here

Region’s NHS reassures public following global cyber attack and asks for help in using services wisely

Region’s NHS reassures public following global cyber attack and asks for help in using services wisely

NHS providers in the North East and North Cumbria are reassuring patients and the public following the cyber attack which took place on Friday 12 May 2017 and affected many organisations around the world. A number of NHS organisations in the North East and North Cumbria have been directly affectehere

This Easter think GP or Pharmacy before A&E

This Easter think GP or Pharmacy before A&E

People across the North East are being asked to help ease the pressure on NHS accident and emergency services over the Easter bank holiday weekend. To help ease the pressure at a very busy time of year for A&E departments, the NHS is asking people with non-emergency health issues to call 111 here

North East NHS marks two years of urgent and emergency care improvements

North East NHS marks two years of urgent and emergency care improvements

The NHS in the North East is marking two years of achievement this week as a major programme to improve urgent and emergency care services moves onto a new footing. The North East and North Cumbria Urgent and Emergency Care Network has delivered a range of initiatives including extra clinical advhere

Conflict of interest

Conflict of interest

A Conflict of Interest can be defined as a situation that arises when a person that has a private or personal interest significant enough to influence the way they make a decision. Conflicts of Interest can appear in the work of CCGs in a variety of ways. For example, the CCG may wish to comhere

Do you really need paracetamol on prescription?
Ditch or Switch from toxic tobacco this No Smoking Day

Ditch or Switch from toxic tobacco this No Smoking Day

With one week to go until No Smoking Day (March 8) smokers in the North East are encouraged to “ditch or switch” to save money and improve health

Fresh is encouraging people to ditch their toxic tobacco or at least make thhere

The Little Orange Book

The Little Orange Book

The Little Orange Book is focused on acute illness in young children and helps parents and carers to recognise and then respond appropriately to a range of diseases, illness and conditions as well as signposting parents to the most appropriate service or clinician should they need further support. here

Warning to part-time and light smokers about health risks

Warning to part-time and light smokers about health risks

* Ditch completely or switch to electronic cigarettes says Fresh

SMOKERS who've cut down are being warned they are still facing significant risks of cancer and heart disease unless they quit or switch as a campaign launches tohere

Online event: Improving, Reducing, Saving: Our nutrition and hydration journey – 8 February

Online event: Improving, Reducing, Saving: Our nutrition and hydration journey – 8 February

Join our interactive online session with Lead Nurse Lesley Bainbridge and Principal Information Analyst Claire Laing, on Wednesday 8 February at 3- 4pm. The conversation will include:

  • An overview of the Older People's Programme Pathway of Care work and the nutrition and hydration tahere

Newcastle Gateshead Local Digital Roadmap

Newcastle Gateshead Local Digital Roadmap

The Five Year Forward View makes a commitment that, by 2020, there would be “fully interoperable electronic health records so that patient’s records are paperless”. This was supported by a Government commitment inhere

Register now for the Care. Lab event on Friday 27th January

Register now for the Care. Lab event on Friday 27th January

Date:     Friday 27th January 2017 Time:     9am- 1pm Venue:  Northern Design Centre, Gateshead. The care.LAB event is an exciting opportunity to bring together staff from care homes acrosshere

£1.6 million for older people’s care in Newcastle and Gateshead

£1.6 million for older people’s care in Newcastle and Gateshead

A pioneering NHS programme aimed at improving care for older residents in Newcastle and Gateshead is set to benefit from £1.6 million of funding. The funding will enable the Newcastle Gateshead Carhere

This Christmas think GP or pharmacy before A&E

This Christmas think GP or pharmacy before A&E

NHS England is urging people the North East to see a pharmacist or make an appointment to see a GP, for non-emergency health issues, over the Christmas and New Year period. To help ease the pressure at a very busy time of year for A&E departments, people are being asked to cahere

Chinese health leaders visit CCG for expertise in care for older people

Chinese health leaders visit CCG for expertise in care for older people

Newcastle Gateshead CCG’s transformation team has hosted international visitors from China, to witness the work that has been carried out as part of the CCG’s Enhanced Health in Care Homes [EHCH] Vanguard Programme. [caption id="attachment_3584" align="alignnone" width="660"]here

North East doctors warn of antibiotics danger

North East doctors warn of antibiotics danger

We need to think differently about antibiotics, or face major risks to our health from antibiotic-resistant bacteria – that’s the message from doctors in the North East this week. Overuse of antibiotics means that harmful bacteria can adapt and become antibiotic-resistant. This means that in here

NHS unveils family of ‘plasticine people’ for winter advert campaign

NHS unveils family of ‘plasticine people’ for winter advert campaign

 Meet Carol and Eric, part of a new family of ‘plasticine people’ who will be introduced to the North East public for the first time this week through a new NHS advertising campaign.

The characters are the first of nine friendly faces who will hhere

NHS Commissioning Director visits Gateshead

NHS Commissioning Director visits Gateshead

Ian Dodge, NHS England's National Director for Commissioning Strategy, paid a visit to the North East, to find out more about the Vanguard and transformation work in Gateshead and Sunderland. here

Volunteers praised for efforts to spread self-care message to older people

Volunteers praised for efforts to spread self-care message to older people

Community volunteers who have helped to spread health and wellbeing advice to hundreds of older people in Newcastle and Gateshead have been honoured at a celebration event. here

Gateshead Care Home Vanguard: Dr Dan Cowie and Lesley Bainbridge blog views on new care models

Gateshead Care Home Vanguard: Dr Dan Cowie and Lesley Bainbridge blog views on new care models

Dr Dan Cowie, Transformation Lead and Lesley Bainbridge, Lead Nurse for the Enhanced Health in Care Homes Vanguard at Newcastle Gateshead CCG, have shared their views nationally on NHS England's guest blog spot. Dan and Lesley have written the blog posts to offer their opinionshere

North East Commission for Health and Social Care Integration – report to be presented to leaders of local authorities and NHS organisations

North East Commission for Health and Social Care Integration – report to be presented to leaders of local authorities and NHS organisations

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, who is chair of the North East Commission for Health and Social Care Integration, will present the Commission’s report on Tuesday 11 October 2016. He will present the report titled ‘Health and Wealth – Closing the Gaphere

Medical advice at your fingertips for parents

Medical advice at your fingertips for parents

Parents and carers can now find NHS advice at their fingertips to help you look after their children’s health. here

Changes to continuing health care (CHC) assessment teams in Newcastle and Gateshead

Changes to continuing health care (CHC) assessment teams in Newcastle and Gateshead

Changes to continuing health care (CHC) assessment teams in Newcastle and Gateshead From 1 October 2016, we are making some changes to the way our continuing healthcare teams are organised in Newcastle and Gateshead, with nurse assessors for both areas becoming part of a single there

Level 2 – National Fraud Initiative Fair processing notice

Level 2 – National Fraud Initiative Fair processing notice

This CCG is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud. The Audit Commission appoints the auditor to audit the accounts of this ahere

Launch of Every Breath campaign

Launch of Every Breath campaign

Fresh, the region’s tobacco control office which regularly attends and updates the regionwide CCG Chairs network, has launched its latest quit smoking campaign to raise awareness that smoking is the main cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The Every Breath campaign is supporthere

August bank holiday – pharmacy details

August bank holiday – pharmacy details

If sickness strikes over the late summer break, take time to consider where to go for help. If you need health advice this bank holiday weekend, there are lots of options, say doctors in Newcastle and Gateshead. here

Do you have something to say about emergency and urgent care in the North East?

Do you have something to say about emergency and urgent care in the North East?

In the North East this year, there is a big project taking place to help us better understand urgent and emergency care services - the way they provided, how patients use them and people’s views on how to improve things. This work is all part of an innovative NHS ‘Vanguard’*, made up of urghere

Background to the Deciding Together consultation process

Background to the Deciding Together consultation process

Over the past year, the NHS in Newcastle and Gateshead has worked with hundreds of patients, families and stakeholders to gather their views on options for the future of NHS mental health services in the area. During summer 2015 Newcastle Gateshead CCG and its partners, including Northumberland, here

CCG Governing Body decides on shape of future mental health services

CCG Governing Body decides on shape of future mental health services

Mental health services in Newcastle and Gateshead are set to be transformed - reducing the amount of time people will spend in hospital and creating better, more integrated care outside of hospital in the community, and helping people to recover sooner here

Together for Health in Gateshead

Together for Health in Gateshead

Your Local Engagement Board Meetinghere

Commissioning of a Medicines Optimisation in General Practice Service

Commissioning of a Medicines Optimisation in General Practice Service

NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) proposes to commission practice based medicines optimisation support service for the population of Newcastle and Gateshead.  The overall aim of the service is to support the CCG to improve the quality, safety and cost effective use of medichere

Volunteering – it’s for everyone

Volunteering – it’s for everyone

Volunteers are more important than ever in helping to support the NHS and as part of national volunteering week, the QE hospital is launching a new campaign to help celebrate their contribution. They want to attract even more volunteers to the QE by promoting the vital role they can play in the ohere

Annual report and accounts 2015/16

Annual report and accounts 2015/16

Our annual report for 2015-16 has been published Please click here to view the document.here

Spring bank holiday pharmacy opening times in Newcastle and Gateshead

Spring bank holiday pharmacy opening times in Newcastle and Gateshead

If sickness strikes over the late May break, take time to consider where to go for help. If you need health advice this bank holiday weekend, there are lots of options, say doctors in Newcastle and Gateshead. NHS Choices has lots of help about local services and advice about common illnesses. here

Long term condition survey

Long term condition survey

NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG is considering ways to improve the care and support of people with one or more long term conditions. These are health problems that cannot currently be cured but are controlled by medication or treatment, for example diabetes, breathing problems, heart conditions, stroke here

Bank holiday pharmacy opening times

Bank holiday pharmacy opening times

The NHS is busy and you can help! If you need advice this bank holiday weekend there are lots of options. NHS Choices has lots of help about local services and advice about common illnesses. Local chemists can also give advice and help direct you to the best medicines to treat them. If you donhere

Junior doctors strike – advice for patients

Junior doctors strike – advice for patients

The NHS is working hard to ensure that as few patients as possible are affected by the industrial action on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April, but some services will need to change and some are likely to be busier than usual.

Junior doctors will be striking from 8am to 5pm here

New service helps patients suffering from breathing difficulties

New service helps patients suffering from breathing difficulties

Launched last year, the Newcastle Healthy Lungs Programme is a rehabilitation service that is helping to treat patients suffering from breathing difficulties known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Funded by NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the service washere

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer Practice Health Champion?

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer Practice Health Champion?

A pilot scheme is expanding in Gateshead, and the local NHS is calling for volunteers with an interest in transforming local health services. Originally launched in 2014, the Health Champion scheme encourages individuals to volunteer their time to work with the staff in their local GP practice tohere

Health and Social Care Commission – call for evidence

Health and Social Care Commission – call for evidence

People in the NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area are being invited to help determine how health and wellbeing can be improved across the region. The Commission for Health and Social Care Integration in the North East is looking at how more joined-up working and collabhere

Doctors ask public to think twice before visiting A&E

Doctors ask public to think twice before visiting A&E

The NHS across the North East is currently experiencing significant demand for help and doctors are asking the public to think carefully before here

Get speedy healthcare advice this Easter Bank Holiday

Get speedy healthcare advice this Easter Bank Holiday

The NHS is encouraging people in Newcastle and Gateshead to visit a pharmacist if they need quick access to health advice and treatment over the Easter bank holiday. With information on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them, visiting the pharmacist can save time in the waiting roohere

Planning for long term conditions – we want your views

Planning for long term conditions – we want your views

NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG is considering ways to improve care and support of people with one or more long term conditions. Long term conditions are health problems that cannot currently be cured but are controlled by medication or treatment, for example diabetes, breathing problems, heart condihere

Think ahead and don’t run out of medicines this Easter

Think ahead and don’t run out of medicines this Easter

Doctors in Newcastle and Gateshead are encouraging patients to plan their healthcare over the Easter break. They are asking you to think ahead and make sure you get your repeat prescriptions before your GP surgery closes on Good Friday. This will save you the stress and hassle of possibly runninghere

Easter pharmacy opening times in Newcastle and Gateshead
Take a Moment

Take a Moment

Through March and April 2016, the Stroke Association are raising awareness of the link between high blood pressure and stroke, and how easy it is for people to get their blood pressure checked. Take a moment to order a free blood pressure information pack from the Stroke Assosciation. By downloadhere

North East Ambulance Service inspection

North East Ambulance Service inspection

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Public reporting of contractual sanctions applied by commissioners

Public reporting of contractual sanctions applied by commissioners

  As commissioners we must publish on our website details of the financial sanctions due and applied to each of our major providers for failure to achieve national standards set out in their NHS Standard Contracts. The here

Listening to older people

Listening to older people

Could your organisation help us to listen to the views of older people in Gateshead? Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Gateshead Council are working together through the Vanguard Care Home Programme to help improve the health of more than 1,500 people who live in residenthere

Think Pharmacy First for range of minor ailments

Think Pharmacy First for range of minor ailments

Doctors in Newcastle and Gateshead are asking people to Think Pharmacy First when they are unwell. A range of minor ailments can be treated quickly and effectively by visiting your local pharmacist, easing the pressure on other services such as GPs and walk-in centres and leaving A&E free forhere

Governing Body & Committees – Declaration of Interest
Dancing to keep older people on their feet

Dancing to keep older people on their feet

Older people in the West End of Newcastle are dancing their way to health and happiness thanks to an innovative programme delivered with local GPs. They are taking part in contemporary dance classes at West Denton Community Centre in a 12-week initiative called Falling on Your Feet. Three GP phere

Blaydon Primary Care Centre GP Practice

Blaydon Primary Care Centre GP Practice

All GP practices hold a contract to deliver primary medical services to local patients in England and Wales.  The majority of contracts are open-ended but there are some newer contracts in place that are time-limited.  These are known as Alternative Provider Medical Servichere

Make a new year resolution to look after yourself

Make a new year resolution to look after yourself

Doctors in Newcastle and Gateshead want everyone to have a happy and healthy 2016 and are taking steps to make that happen. They are encouraging elderly residents in the area to stay warm and look after themselves at this colder time of year when plunging temperatures, storms and frosts may strikhere

There’s still time to comment on speech and language services

There’s still time to comment on speech and language services

Local people are helping to shape the future of speech and language services in Newcastle as part of a wide-ranging review led by NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG and Newcastle City Council. The engagement exercise, which is looking at speech and language services for children and young people, has cahere

Christmas pharmacy opening times

Christmas pharmacy opening times

Doctors in Newcastle and Gateshead are encouraging people in the area to plan their healthcare during the festive season. With advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them, visiting the pharmacist or phoning NHS 111 can save you time in the waiting room and help you feel betterhere

Quality Care Commission – Listening Event 13th January 2016

Quality Care Commission – Listening Event 13th January 2016

The Care Quality Commission will be inspecting Newcastle hospitals in January and would like to hear about your experience of care. Come along to the public listening event and meet their inspectors.  This event will take place on 13th January at Newcastle City Library from 6 - 7.30 pm here

Care Quality Commission inspection of Newcastle upon Tyne hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Care Quality Commission inspection of Newcastle upon Tyne hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Care Quality Commission  inspection of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust begins on 19 January 2016.
During this inspection, they will be looking at:
  • The Royal Victoria Infirmary
  • Freeman Hospital
  • Campus for Ageing and Vitality
  • here

Share your views on Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

Share your views on Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

Parents and carers are being invited to have their say on the future of mental health services for children and young people across Newcastle and Gateshead. Expanding Minds, Improving Lives: Motivating and Working Together to Transform Children and Young People’s Mental Health is a prohere

Don’t overuse antibiotics this winter, says the region’s NHS

Don’t overuse antibiotics this winter, says the region’s NHS

As the NHS steps up its Stay Well This Winter campaign this week, GPs in the North East are highlighting their concerns about the level of public demand for antibiotics. With the NHS’s busiest time of year approaching, doctors are keen to challenge the common perception that antibiotichere

Right treatment, right time, right place

Right treatment, right time, right place

With the busy winter period now underway, NHS leaders in Newcastle and Gateshead are reminding residents to think carefully about which services to use – and make sure you are prepared for those common ailments that can easily be treated at home. The local doctors who lead NHS Newcastle Gateshehere

Men’s health project launch to mark International Men’s Day

Men’s health project launch to mark International Men’s Day

A new community project in Newcastle’s West End launches on 20 November, helping to mark International Men’s Day. The Scotswood Men’s Shed is a volunteer-led organisation, funded by NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). It aims to tackle social isolation in the West Enhere

Governing body meeting – 24 November

Governing body meeting – 24 November

This meeting is to be held in public on: Tuesday 24 November 2015, 1.45 - 4.00pm at Newcastle Civic Centre, Barras Bridge Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8QH. Members of the public are welcome to attend and refreshments will be available from 1.30pm. Members of the public are also invited to athere

Share your views on mental health services

Share your views on mental health services

Parents and carers are being invited to have their say on the future of mental health services for children and young people across Newcastle and Gateshead. Expanding Minds, Improving Lives: Motivating and Working Together to Transform Children and Young People’s Mental Health is a prohere

Deciding Together: a new future for specialist mental health services in Newcastle and Gateshead

Deciding Together: a new future for specialist mental health services in Newcastle and Gateshead

A public consultation seeking the views of local people on the different ways specialist mental health services could be arranged Patients and families are being invited to share their views on options for the future of NHS specialist mental health services in Newcastle and Gatehere

Learning disabilities fast track transformation programme

Learning disabilities fast track transformation programme

Local NHS and social care leaders draw up plans to transform the care of people with learning disabilities and / or autism in Cumbria and the North East.
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Annual public meeting – 24 September

Annual public meeting – 24 September

NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the organisation responsible for planning and buying healthcare and health services for the people of Newcastle and Gateshead, will be hosting its annual public meeting at 3pm on 24 September at the Centre for Life, Newcastle. Members ofhere

Care Quality Commissioning Listening Event

Care Quality Commissioning Listening Event

Please click on the image below for details of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) listening event. here

August bank holiday pharmacy opening

August bank holiday pharmacy opening

The NHS is reminding people in Cumbria and the North East where they can access expert medical treatment during the August bank holidays. Patients can save time in the waiting room by visiting their pharmacist for quick, confidential advice on a range of common illnesses. Pharmacists are highlhere

Sanction Reporting

Sanction Reporting

As commissioners we must publish on our website details of the financial sanctions due and applied to each of our major providers for failure to achieve national standards set out in their NHS Standard Contracts. The  Quarter 1 2015_16 here

Health check success in Gateshead

Health check success in Gateshead

People in Gateshead are getting to grips with their health as more take up free NHS Health Checks. Recent figures show that more people living in the borough are getting checked for risks and warning signs of illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and dementia, than anyhere

Speech, language and communications service review

Speech, language and communications service review

Come along to our stakeholder event and have your say! Tuesday 29 September 2015 9.45am - 1pm Pandon room, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RS Newcastle City Council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group for Newcahere

NHS launches new brain injury service for Gateshead and Sunderland

NHS launches new brain injury service for Gateshead and Sunderland

People who suffer brain injuries will benefit from improved support from this month, as a new NHS service opens for patients in Gateshead and Sunderland. Jointly commissioned by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the two areas and provided by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, here

Taking a stand against alcohol harm

Taking a stand against alcohol harm

Gateshead council, health experts and emergency services have joined together to tackle the harm caused by drinking too much alcohol in the region. Cabinet members agreed to sign up to the ‘Local Government Declaration on Alcohol’ in a show of commitment to act at a local levhere

Third sector development and innovation fund scheme

Third sector development and innovation fund scheme

Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working collaboratively with partner organisations from across health, social care and the third sector to deliver the transformational change of health and social care provision required to meet the future needs of its population. Articulatehere

Third Sector Development and Innovation Fund Scheme

Third Sector Development and Innovation Fund Scheme

Newcastle Gateshead CCG has launched an innovative scheme to support local voluntary and community organisations to deliver some of the aspirations of the Better Care Fund in Newcastlehere

Bank holiday pharmacy opening times

Bank holiday pharmacy opening times

The NHS is reminding people in Cumbria and the North East where they can access expert medical treatment during the May bank holidays. Patients can save time in the waiting room by visiting their pharmacist for quick, confidential advice on a range of common illnesses. Pharmacists are highly there

Share your views on Newcastle’s speech and language services

Share your views on Newcastle’s speech and language services

Parents and professionals alike will have a chance to have their say on the future of speech and language services for children and young people in Newcastle as part of an ongoing review. The speech and language therapy services, provided by the NHS in partnership with Newcastle City Council, offhere

British Heart Foundation – House of Care Project in Gateshead

British Heart Foundation – House of Care Project in Gateshead

Gateshead are working on a British Heart Foundation (BHF) project to change how long term conditions, particularly cardiovascular disease (CVD), are managed. The project is called the BHF House of Care Project. The House of Care refers to the system changes that are needed to deliver this new way ofhere

New NHS Clinical Commissioning Group in place for Newcastle Gateshead

New NHS Clinical Commissioning Group in place for Newcastle Gateshead

A single body is now in place to coordinate the planning and buying of NHS health services in Newcastle and Gateshead, following the completion of a merger of three organisations today. The new NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), led by local doctors, nurses and health prohere

Gateshead bid success set to transform access to GPs

Gateshead bid success set to transform access to GPs

A successful funding bid by local doctors is set to make it easier for Gateshead residents to see a GP.here

NHS in Newcastle commits £1.65m to improve long-term health conditions

NHS in Newcastle commits £1.65m to improve long-term health conditions

In Newcastle, there are an estimated 40,000 people who suffer with one or more long-term health conditions including diabetes, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart disease and this week NHS Newcastle West CCG along with partners are launching a ‘Ways to Wellness programme’ to here

Pharmacy opening hours – Easter 2015

Pharmacy opening hours – Easter 2015

Pharmacy opening hours over Easterhere

National recognition for Gateshead’s care home project

National recognition for Gateshead’s care home project

A pioneering project to improve the health of care home residents in Gateshead has won national recognition as part of a national announcement by NHS England today. The Gateshead Care Home Initiative, which is backed by NHS Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Gateshead Council, has bhere

Not sure what to do if your child is unwell?

Not sure what to do if your child is unwell?

With the cold weather bringing on childhood illnesses, such as colds and flu, it can sometimes be hard to figure out the best way to treat your child. This is why  NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group is offering the following advice to parents. Drhere

Novovirus self car advice

Novovirus self car advice

NHS Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group is urging those experiencing symptoms of norovirus to stay at home and to telephone NHS 111 for advice, rather than visit their local hospital or GP surgery. Each year, it is estimated that between *600,000 and 1 million people in the UK catch norovirushere

Is your medicine cabinet stocked up?

Is your medicine cabinet stocked up?

It is always best to be prepared. That’s why the advice from NHS Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group is to have a well-stocked medicine cabinet for times when you or your family are feeling under the weather. Dr Mark Dornan said: “Having home remedies to hand means peace of mind, and here

GP SIRMS 5000

GP SIRMS 5000

GP practices in the northeast of England and Cumbria hit the 5,000 incident reports mark this week using a new on-line incident reporting system. The 5000th report was made by the Metro Interchange Surgery in Gateshead, part of the Gateshead CCG. Between January and August 2014 a NECS here

Urgent cold weather alert issued

Urgent cold weather alert issued

The Met Office has issued a Level 3 Cold Weather alert, which indicates that severe weather is now imminent. There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions from today until early next week. As cold weather can lead to serious health problems such as heart attacks and strokes as wehere

NHS comes under pressure and asks the public to think before calling 999 or attending accident and emergency departments

NHS comes under pressure and asks the public to think before calling 999 or attending accident and emergency departments

With NHS organisations across the North East of England coming under severe pressure, local doctors, nurses and paramedics are asking the public to help them by thinking carefully about using other NHS services before calling 999 or going to their local A&E department. Already the region’s Nohere

Please don’t take norovirus into hospitals or care homes

Please don’t take norovirus into hospitals or care homes

Health organisations in the North East are urging people suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea not to visit people in hospitals and care homes to limit the spread of norovirus. Figures released by Public Health England show there were six hospital outbreaks in the North East in the last two weeks ofhere

Pharmacy opening hours – Christmas 2014

Pharmacy opening hours – Christmas 2014

Many pharmacies in the North East have reduced opening hours over Christmas and the New Year. For Newcastle opening hours please click here or for here

Our plans to improve health and services for people living in Gateshead

Our plans to improve health and services for people living in Gateshead

By Mark Dornan, chair An increasing ageing population, pockets of poor health, and a reduced budget means that in the coming year we will face many challenges. However, by working with our key partners, our priorities will be:

  • To continue to work with others to prevent ilhere

Media enquiries

Media enquiries

For media enquiries please contact:

Caroline Latta
Senior communications and engagement locality manager
Tel: 0191 217 2588
Email: caroline.latta1@nhs.nethere

Standard operating procedures

Standard operating procedures

Our standard operating procedures (SOP) have been developed to help staff understand how certain procedures work, detail their purpose, and provide information. The standard operating procedures relating to the Newcastle Gateshead Alliance are:

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Human resources

Human resources

Listed below are a number of Human Resources policies which apply to our employees in the Newcastle Gateshead Alliance. The policies are for the benefit of our staff, providing advice and guidance and outlining the procedures involved with delivering our services. For further information please chere

Information governance

Information governance

We are diligent about protecting our data, understanding the importance of maintaining the confidentiality and security of personal and corporate information. We have developed the following Information Governance policies, providing a framework to bring together all the legal rules, guidance and behere

Corporate policies

Corporate policies

Newcastle Gateshead Alliance aim to provide high standards of behaviour and competence, ensuring that patients, staff and stakeholders are all treated safely and fairly. We therefore follow the guidelines set in our corporate policies. For information on our corporate policies please see the linkhere

Our policies

Our policies

Our policies provide detailed information about the responsibilities and interests of the Newcastle Gateshead Alliance at a corporate and governance level.

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