Announcement of the provider of community services

News just in – County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust ( CDDFT) has been announced as the preferred provider of new community services Read more here and all about what’s happened so far: Announcement of contract awarded April 2018 New … Continue reading

2018: 14 April – Don’t be afraid to talk about Bipolar

Dr Neil O’Brien, Clinical Chief Officer, NHS North Durham CCG   THE recent World Bipolar Day made me think that I’d like people to talk more freely about mental health, how it affects them and how we can offer support … Continue reading

We Want Your Views On Mental Health Services

North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and four other CCGs in Durham and Tees are working together to deliver an enhanced Improving Access to Psychological Therapy (IAPT) service that it is consistent across the region with a single point of access. … Continue reading

NHS campaign urges people to ‘be prepared’ this Easter

A 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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

What To Do If You’re Unwell Over Easter

If you are not feeling well over Easter, please take some time to think about where you should go for help. Many common ailments, such as colds and flu or stomach upsets can be treated without going to GPs or … Continue reading

Protect your children from poisons: Warning as campaign reminds parents to take smoking right outside

Carbon monoxide, lead, arsenic and benzene are poisons that most of us go out of our way to avoid. But this is the toxic cocktail in tobacco smoke inhaled by smokers and potentially their families in the home and car. That’s … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

DDES and North Durham CCGs Partnership Working Receives National Acclaim

DDES and North Durham Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have received national acclaim for their diabetes and ophthalmology projects. The projects have been shortlisted for a Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value 2018 award, a fantastic achievement considering the high number of … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading