NHS Gateshead CCG - Together for health in Gateshead
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Dr. Mark DormanIntroduction

Dr Mark Dornan
Clinical Chair, NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group

 
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Welcome to the third issue of Together For Health.

In this issue you will find lots of interesting information, including Live Well Gateshead, the Year of Walking Campaign and the Warm Up North scheme.

This bulletin also includes details of your new emergency care centre at Gateshead Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Also, take the opportunity to meet the newest member of our involvement and engagement group.

   
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Introducing Patient User Carer Public Involvement new member, Trevor Underwood  
Introducing Patient User Carer Public Involvement new member, Trevor Underwood
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Trevor has attended many of the Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group's ‘Together for Health’ public meetings, and has recently joined our monthly involvement and engagement group.

Trevor manages the Water Mill at Path Head in Blaydon, where visitors can relax and enjoy peace and quiet in the natural surroundings. With the support of volunteers, Trevor has worked on the restoration of the Mill for over 17 years.

This project has worked with many local schools, including Kell’s Lane, who won the Rolls Royce Science Prize for their work.

The Vale Hill Trust is based at Path Head Water Mill.  It provides placements from mental health and autism organisations, offering education and support to help promote social integration and to allow the opportunity for work experience.

Volunteers are at the heart of Path Head and come from many different backgrounds, bringing with them many trades including countryside crafts, carpentry, building and some mechanical work.

Trevor urges everyone to join in and volunteer;

"Come along and volunteer. All are welcome, and we’ll help to find out what would suit you."

For further information, click here.  Alternatively, you can contact the mill at:

Path Head Water Mill
Summerhill,
Blaydon on Tyne
NE21 4SP

Tel: 0191 4146288

Email: pathheadmill@aol.com

 
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Whickham Thorns Assault Course  
Whickham Thorns Assault Course
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Would you like to get fit for summer and help fundraise for Sight Service at the same time?

Sight Service is the leading local provider of services and support for people who are visually impaired and live in Gateshead or South Tyneside.  

Sight Service is hosting an Assault Course Challenge on 26 April at Whickham Thorns, Market Lane, Dunston, Gateshead, and it is looking for teams to take part.

Teams must be made up of four people and can be all male, all female or mixed. Each team taking part will be timed, and a trophy will be awarded to the fastest team in each category. Everyone taking part will be presented with a certificate of achievement, and the team raising the highest amount of sponsorship will receive a special trophy.

The event has been organised in order to raise much needed funds to help them deliver services, support and advice to blind and partially sighted people throughout the northeast.

Entry to the event is £20 per team, and each team are being asked set themselves a minimum target of raising £200 (£50 per team member) in sponsorship.

To request an entry form email: contactus@sightservice.co.uk or telephone: 0191 478 5959.

 
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Live Well Gateshead  
Live Well Gateshead
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Gateshead Council’s public health team have recently launched a new service to help people in Gateshead with their lifestyle issues.

People accessing the service will be able to get help with long term health issues such as smoking, lack of physical activity and weight management. People will also get help to identify any underlying social issues such as debt, housing, environment, employment, which may be contributing to their overall poor health.          

To find out more about Live Well Gateshead, please contact the Hub via 0800 014 9092 or through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/livewellgateshead

 
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Gateshead Year of Walking Campaign  
Gateshead Year of Walking Campaign
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Are you aware that small grants of up to £500 are available for Gateshead Community groups to support Gateshead Year of Walking 2015?

Examples of what will be funded includes:

  • Establishing a walking group
  • Hire or purchase of materials and equipment that help you to carry out a regular walk such as pedometers, high visibility jackets, first aid kit
  • The design and/or printing of a walking route map
  • Kick start a local walking group
  • Walking route signage
  • Heritage walks
  • Art walks
  • Run a community walking challenge or initiative
  • Walking buses / transport
  • Purchase tools to equip a community to run regular walking sessions
  • Volunteer expenses

The activities listed above are merely to get you thinking creatively about what you could propose; they are not the only thing the grant will fund.

For full details, click here.  

 
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Gateshead’s new emergency care centre now open  
Gateshead’s new emergency care centre now open
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A range of hospital services from across Queen Elizabeth (QE) Gateshead have moved into the new £32m emergency care centre, which is now open to the public.

Services including A&E, the emergency assessment unit, the walk-in centre, paediatrics, ambulatory care and the short stay unit have now all fully transferred into the new building.

The building also includes a new main entrance for the QE, with all visitors and patients coming into the hospital through the new atrium in the emergency care centre building.

The fantastic new unit brings state-of-the-art healthcare services to people across Gateshead.

The emergency care centre building not only has a unique design and facilities, but it completely changes the way patients are cared for during an emergency by bringing together a wide range of services including:

  • accident and emergency
  • a walk in centre
  • GP services
  • medical & surgical assessment
  • urgent children’s services

This new bright, modern facility has also been designed in a completely different way to most existing hospitals. The layout has been chosen because it specifically reflects what people say they want from a modern NHS hospital, which includes single occupancy rooms with en-suite bathrooms for all patients in our short stay wards.

A new road entrance with a dedicated area for emergency vehicles is currently being installed, changing the flow of traffic through the site. Vehicles now access the site using a new road entrance in front of the new building (just past the existing junction which is now closed off).

You can find more information including videos and pictures by visiting the QE website at: www.qegateshead.nhs.uk/emergencycarecentre

 
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My Ageing Parent  
My Ageing Parent
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myageingparent.com  provides free, easily accessible information, advice and sign-posting to help those caring for elderly parents or relatives.

The site provides information about:

  • Keeping the elderly active and healthy
  • Keeping the elderly busy
  • Finance advice
  • Legal advice
  • Care options
  • Age-related medical issues
  • How to cope
 
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Warm Up North  
Warm Up North
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Warm Up North is a scheme helping households throughout the North East save energy and money by improving the energy efficiency of their homes, making them more affordable and warmer.

Warm up North is offering free, or subsidised, gas boilers to people who really need a boiler to keep their homes warm.

There’s no catch – it’s a government scheme, and you don’t even have to be a British Gas customer. For further information about the scheme call free on 0800 316 4320 or visit the website www.warmupnorth.com .

 
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Together for Health in Gateshead  
Together for Health in Gateshead
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Come along to the next ‘Together for Health in Gateshead’ Local Engagement Board, which is taking place on 28 May 2015.  The meeting takes place in the Bewick Suite, Gateshead Civic Centre, 14:00 – 15:30.

This meeting is for members of the public to find out about healthcare developments in Gateshead, and to share views with Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group. 

To book a place please contact Julie McDonald on 0191 2172751 or email julie.mcdonald11@nhs.net

For further details go to: http://www.gatesheadccg.nhs.uk/.

 
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Find out about Patient Online  
Find out about Patient Online
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Patient Online is an NHS England programme designed to support GP practices to offer and promote online services to patients, including access to records, online appointment booking and online repeat prescriptions.

Patients have been telling us that they are ready and want to take more control of their own health and wellbeing.  Digital technology has the power to change the relationship between patients and their GP practice just as it has changed our relationships in other walks of life, such as managing our finances and shopping.  It can make services more convenient, personal and efficient. 

Today the majority of GP practices already offer appointment booking and ordering of repeat prescriptions online and by the end of March 2015 this will include access to summary information in patients GP records.   The online services will be offered in addition to the traditional telephone and face-to-face means of communicating with GP Practices.  NHS England is working closely with GP Practices to help them to make these services available to all patients who wish to use them. 

More information about the programme can be found at http://www.england.nhs.uk/patient-online

Pam Jenkins, Patient Online Implementation Lead is available to come along and talk to any voluntary organisation groups who wish to learn more about the service.  Please contact Pam on pamela.jenkins1@nhs.net 

 
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Patient in Control of their Own Care Training  Event  
Patient in Control of their Own Care Training Event
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Are you interested in supporting patients, carers and their families to have more control of their health and care? Then this event may be for you.

The 'Patients in Control of their own Care' training will help you understand the broader 'Personalisation' agenda and introduce you to tools and techniques which will enable and support patients, carers and their families. The NHS England, National Head of Patient Participation and Personalisation, Luke O'Shea will present the keynote address and talk in detail about 'Supporting People to manage their Health - An introduction to Patient Activation'.

While the training is aimed at Commissioners, patients are actively encouraged to attend.

The event will be held on 4 March 2015, 9:30am - 4:30pm, at The Castlegate in Newcastle

You can register for the event or find out more information here, or you can call the engagement team on 0151 296 7068 . Please explain if you have any special requirements for attendance.  

 
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Newcastle Gateshead Alliance governing board meetings  
Newcastle Gateshead Alliance governing board meetings
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The Newcastle Gateshead Alliance governing body meet every month.   Our business meetings are open to the public and on our agenda for discussion is public and patient involvement; quality, finance and performance, assurance, risk and governance, strategic items and public health.

Newcastle Gateshead Alliance will hold their next governing body business meetings on 31 March 2015

For details of meeting venue and papers please click here.

 
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How to get involved in your Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group  
How to get involved in your Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group
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There are lots of ways to get involved.   

You can sign up to My NHS to get regular updates on the work of the CCG and Newcastle Gateshead Alliance.

Practice Patient Participation Groups

You can join your GP practice patient reference groups. Get in touch with your GP practice to get more details.

Together for Health in Gateshead (Local Engagements Boards)

You can attend our quarterly meetings. Here you will have the opportunity to get an update from the Clinical Commissioning Group, discuss important health issues and give your views on health matters.

Health Service Developments

Help us develop new services or change existing services.

Local and National Consultations

Take part in Local and National Consultations giving your view on views on health consultations.

Patient User Care Public Involvement Group

Meet up with the Patient User Carer Public Involvement Group, which helps identify health themes which are shared with Gateshead CCG.

For more information contact Norah Stevens, Patient Engagement Officer, GCCG on 0191 217 2787 or email norahstevens@nhs.net .

Visit us @  www.gateshead ccg.nhs.uk

If you would like to receive future issues of this bulletin, please email gccg.enquiries@nhs.net.  You can be assured that your details will only be used for the purpose of sending this bulletin and will not be shared with anyone else or used for any other purpose. 

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