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In-touch Commissioning news for practices
 
  March 2014  
  Chair's update  
 

Welcome to our latest bulletin to keep you up to date with the activities of NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the body responsible for planning and buying local healthcare and health services.

In this edition we outline how you can get involved to influence the future of healthcare in the borough and give you an update on the mental health consultation.

We also remind you about the steps you can take to keep yourself healthy and well.

Dr Matthew Walmsley

  Chair's update
 
 
 
Get involved to have your say on health services
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We are always looking for new ways of encouraging South Tyneside residents to get involved and share their views on their local health services.

We have signed up to a new initiative called My NHS and are now looking for people to get involved in developing and improving local NHS services.

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Share your stories to shape future health services
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Residents who have accessed healthcare or services are being asked to share their experiences with South Tyneside CCG.

The stories received so far have given us valuable information about patient and carer experience of a variety of services including various wards and departments in South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, community services, the North East Ambulance Service and mental health services.

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Keep calm and look after yourself
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NHS South Tyneside CCG is leading a campaign to encourage people to look after themselves.

The ‘Keep Calm’ campaign reminds people about the simple measures you can take to treat common ailments at home or with the advice of a pharmacist – without the need to see a doctor or nurse.

The campaign gives advice on how to treat a range of common conditions by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home or speaking to your local pharmacist.

For more information, please visit www.nhskeepcalm.org.uk

 
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Planning for the future
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A five year plan is being drawn up for sustainable healthcare services in South Tyneside.

With a focus on greater community care and better integrated services, the plan will outline how South Tyneside CCG and partners will improve the physical and mental health of people in the borough.

The plan, which has patients and service users at its heart, is focused on empowering our patients and involving you in the future design of services.

 
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Mental health consultation
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South Tyneside residents have been keen to share their opinions on proposed changes to the way some mental health services are provided in their borough.

As well as paper and on-line surveys, three public meetings have been held as part of a consultation by South Tyneside CCG and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW).

The proposals include closing the hospital-based specialist mental health in-patient beds on the site of South Tyneside General Hospital. These are the Bede Wing and the Leas (both stand-alone units in the grounds) and ward 18 which is based within the main hospital building. Under the proposals patients will stay at the new purpose- built multi-million pound Hopewood Park Hospital at Ryhope, Sunderland, which is due to open this summer.

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  Monkton Hall, Monkton Lane, Jarrow NE32 5NN
Telephone: 0191 283 1903 email: stynccg.enquiries@nhs.net Visit: www.southtynesideccg.nhs.uk


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