Gateshead CCG - Keeping you Informed
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Chair's update
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Welcome to the first edition of our new format bulletin.   The aim of this new publication is to inform you about the work of NHS Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and to let you know how you can get involved in the process of planning local health services.

At the moment we are going through a process that will see us authorised as a statutory body and able to take responsibility for commissioning a wide range of health services within Gateshead when the primary care trust is abolished.  

Having appointed to some of our more senior roles, we are now putting in place the rest of the management structure that will enable us to operate effectively and deliver our vision of working collaboratively across Gateshead to improve health and commission excellent health care. 

I hope you enjoy finding out about how local GPs, clinicians and managers are already working side by side to improve healthcare in Gateshead.

Dr Mark Dornan,

Chair of NHS Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group

 
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Improving services for children   
Improving services for children
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Following a recent public consultation, changes are being made to the way children’s services in Gateshead are delivered.   

A 24-hour assessment unit is being established at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead and the work of the children’s community nursing team has been extended to offer support to sick children in their own home.

Inpatient services, for those children who require a period in hospital, will in future be provided at the Great North Children’s Hospital based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle or Sunderland Royal Hospital.  

 
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NHS Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group supports this service improvement.  A key factor in developing this new approach has been the need to ensure the continued provision of safe and sustainable services for acutely sick and injured children in Gateshead. 

The new arrangements mean that wherever possible, children will be treated close to their home.  If an inpatient stay is necessary, evidence from other parts of the country shows that specialist centres are better able to meet the needs of children and young people. These changes are not about saving money, investments have been made in community-based support and a new assessment unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Over the coming months we will work closely with local GPs, colleagues at NHS South of Tyne and Wear, Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust and the community services team to deliver this important healthcare improvement.

 
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Governing body appointments
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We have made a number of key appointments to our governing body.

Bill Cunliffe has been appointed as secondary care clinician.  Bill worked as a consultant surgeon for Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust for 21 years.  He was also the Trust’s medical director from 2004 until his retirement in 2010.

Paul Gertig has been appointed as lay member and lead for patient involvement. Paul has previously worked in community based services (adult care) at Gateshead Council.

Tim Morgan is our lay member and lead for governance.  A chartered accountant and chartered secretary by profession, Tim has spent most of his career working for a variety of value-based organisations.  He served on the NHS South of Tyne and Wear board from 2007.

 
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Relocation of Bensham walk-in centre  
Relocation of Bensham walk-in centre
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The board of NHS South of Tyne and Wear has given the go ahead to plans to move Gateshead walk-in service from Bensham Hospital to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the board on 25 September following full consultation with the public and stakeholders.  

The walk-in service at Bensham Hospital is due to close on the evening of Sunday 4 November.   The service will reopen the following day, Monday 5 November at 6pm, at the Queen Elizabeth site.

 
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The walk-in service will be delivered as part of an integrated model of urgent and emergency care alongside the A&E department.

The service at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital will be open from 7am – 10pm each day.

Dr Mark Dornan, Chair of Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group said; “We will be able to provide a much better service for patients at this new location.  They will have access to a wider range of streamlined services, all on one site. 

“We know people are often confused about which service to use.  Locating a walk-in facility alongside A&E will ensure that patients get the best quality of care in a combined service which is better able to meet their needs.”

 
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NHS 111  
NHS 111
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Plans are in place to introduce a new healthcare service across Gateshead.

NHS 111 is the new non-emergency telephone number that will make it easier for the public to access local healthcare services. It is aimed at people who need medical help quickly, but when it is not an emergency.

The service is part of the government’s wider changes to the urgent care system to deliver a 24/7 urgent care service that ensures people receive the right care from the right person in the right place at the right time.

NHS 111 will officially launch in Gateshead on 11 December 2012 and there will be a public information campaign to promote the new service in the New Year.

 
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Be flu safe this winter  
Be flu safe this winter
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Gateshead CCG is urging people who are at high risk from seasonal flu to protect themselves with a free vaccination which saves lives.

People being advised to get the jab this winter include pregnant women, over 65s, people with long term health conditions, anyone with a weakened immune system or those that care for these ‘at risk’ groups. The vaccine provides protection throughout the whole winter.

 
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The vaccine is available free to the following people:

CCG Chair, Dr Mark Dornan, receiving his flu jab

  • all pregnant women (at any stage of pregnancy)
  • anyone aged 65 years or over
  • anyone aged over six months who has a long term health problem

This includes people who have: 

  • diabetes
  • a chest problem or breathing difficulties (such as asthma, bronchitis or emphysema)
  • a heart problem
  • kidney disease or liver disease
  • a neurological condition (such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy)
  • a low immune system due to disease (such as cystic fibrosis or Crohn’s disease) or treatment (such as cancer treatment).
  • had a stroke
  • a problem with the spleen (such as sickle cell disease) or if the spleen has been removed

You should also have the vaccine if you:

  • Live in a residential or nursing home
  • Are the main carer of an older or disabled person

If you think you are eligible for a jab, please don’t delay, contact your GP practice today.  

 
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Stoptober hits Gateshead  
Stoptober hits Gateshead
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The national Stoptober campaign supported by the local NHS took to the streets recently with a roadshow at ASDA in the Metro Centre. 

 
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Stoptober, a Department of Health campaign, is encouraging every smoker to make a quit attempt in October.  This is the first campaign of its kind to target all 8 million smokers to stop smoking for 28 days.

Follow the campaign on twitter and facebook.

 
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Get involved
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Local Engagement Boards (LEBs) give local people, interest groups and stakeholders an opportunity to hear about the work of the CCG and to get involved in improving, shaping and developing local NHS services. The next LEB will be held on 16 Nov 2012 at Gateshead Old Town Hall (10am-12.30pm), click here for more information.  

 
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Improving communications across Gateshead
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NHS Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group has established the Gateshead Information Network (GIN), with representatives from organisations delivering health and social care to patients in Gateshead.  This web-based network provides a means of improving information flows between organisations, sharing information, and discussion.  The network will be focusing on a number of projects including improving discharge communications, referral processes and developing a central portal to make local guidelines and other key information available to healthcare professionals.

We will be holding quarterly meetings to progress this work. If you are interested in finding out more email Dr Jonathan Harness, Chair of Gateshead Information Network.

 
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NGCCG
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  Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group, Riverside House, Goldcrest Way, Newburn Riverside (Business Park), Newcastle upon Tyne, NE15 8NY
Telephone: 0191 217 2544Visit: www.gatesheadccg.nhs.uk email: gatesheadccg@sotw.nhs.uk
 
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