Category Archives: News

Community Services Procurement – What it Means

NHS community services provide a wide range of care, from supporting patients to manage long-term conditions, to treating those who are seriously ill with complex conditions. Most community healthcare takes place in people’s homes or in community clinics or health … Continue reading

In case you missed it – GP Forward View animation

New animation shows what the General Practice Forward View has already achieved and how it continues to support local practices  I’m a GP trainee, and this year have been a Clinical Fellow at NHS England. It’s been a real eye … Continue reading

Update on Urgent Care – In case you missed it

There’s a lot been going on with Urgent care. Here’s a summary of what we’ve been sharing in case you missed it! Update on Urgent Care – July 2017 Patients in the Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield area now benefit … Continue reading

Can you buy what you need?

Prescribing readily available medication such as paracetamol costs the NHS millions every year adding unnecessary strain to GPs and the NHS. Processing these can cost 20 times the price of buying identical medication at your local supermarket or pharmacy. The … Continue reading

North East region’s NHS changing gluten-free prescribing arrangements

NHS commissioners across the North East will take steps to update and rationalise their arrangements for prescribing gluten-free foods. Gluten-free foods are provided on prescription to patients who have Coeliac disease, as this prevents their immune system reacting to gluten. … Continue reading

Stroke Services Briefing

We wanted to share some details around what’s happening with Stroke Services in County Durham. A briefing paper on Stroke Services FINAL Please find attached a briefing paper that has been developed in partnership with The Stroke Association.

Council of Members and AGM meeting – 28th June

Please find attached the papers for the Council Members AGM that tales place on 28 June 2017 Portfolio – Council of Members and AGM 28.6.17

DDES CCG Annual Report and Accounts 2016/17 published

We’ve now published our Annual Report and Accounts for 2016/17 00D_CCG_Annual_Report_2016-17_FINAL

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 … Continue reading

North East and 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 … Continue reading

North East and North Cumbria NHS thanks patients and staff for their support over the cyber attack

As NHS organisations across the region start to return to normal services, NHS leaders want to thank patients, NHS staff and their families whose combined efforts has meant the impact on patient care has kept to a minimum. Patients have … Continue reading

North East GP practice computer systems are back online

The North East and North Cumbria NHS continues to ask the public to avoid using hospital and GP services for minor illness and ailments The North East primary care computer network was switched back on yesterday afternoon (Monday 15th May) … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading