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


Welcome to the Summer edition of Together for Health.

In this bulletin you will find information about the new NHS Emergency Care Centre in Gateshead and also on the Gateshead Dementia Advice Service. We have also included details of a new brain injury service that has been launched in the area.

Introducing Craig Lynch, member of the Gateshead Patient User Carer Public Involvement Group (PUCPI)

Craig Lynch is a Development Officer from the Gateshead Mental Health User Voice (GMHUV) and an active member of the PUCPI group.

GMHUV has a long history of supporting mental health service users in Gateshead to have an influence on what services are provided locally. GMHUV’s ethos is people who use services are experts by experience and should influence commissioning decisions.  GMHUV are fully involved in the current ‘Deciding Together’ mental health consultation.

If you are interested in joining, or would like more information on GMHUV you can contact Craig at: clynch@mhm.org.uk.

Health check success in Gateshead

People in Gateshead are getting to grips with their health as more take up free NHS Health Checks.

Recent figures show that more people living in the borough are getting checked for risks and warning signs of illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and dementia, than anywhere else in the region.

During 2014/15, 7,513 people had an NHS Health Check out of the 11,248 who were invited for one. This means over 66% of people invited had an NHS Health Check. This percentage is higher than the North East average (41%) and also higher than the England average (48%).

Councillor Catherine Donovan, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Gateshead Council, said: “These high numbers of people having NHS Health Checks in Gateshead are very encouraging. To try and convince people to have a potentially life-saving health check at a time in their life when they are generally feeling well and healthy is difficult.”

“Our clear message is that taking up the offer of a free health check is a great way for people to take control of their health.”

Gateshead Director for Public Health, Carole Wood, said: “It is great news that more people are getting checked for their health risks and finding out more about what they can do to prevent conditions such as coronary heart disease.”

“We know there are a high proportion of Gateshead residents who are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease through smoking, drinking too much and being overweight. We’ve estimated that there are nearly 1700 people in Gateshead with undiagnosed Coronary Heart Disease”

“A health check can help you take steps to improve your health and put you in touch with local services that can help you, such as our wellness service called Live Well Gateshead.”

Dr Mark Dornan, assistant clinical chair for NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group and a GP in Gateshead said: “The free NHS Health Check can help lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and certain types of dementia.”

“The check is for those who don’t already have any of these conditions. It should only take about 20-30 minutes and it’s simply a number of questions and measurements on age, gender, blood pressure, height and weight, and also your family history. We’ll also do a simple blood test to measure your cholesterol level.”

“Following the check, you will receive free personalised advice about what you can do to stay healthy. If you haven’t already had one, I’d recommend asking your practice to see if you’re eligible.”

Everyone aged 40 to 74 years old in England will be invited for a free NHS Health Check by their GP once every five years, apart from those already seeing their GP for certain conditions.

NHS launches new brain injury service for Gateshead

People who suffer brain injuries will benefit from improved support from this month, as a new NHS service opens for patients in Gateshead and Sunderland. Jointly commissioned by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the two areas and provided by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, it will offer specialist assessment, rehabilitation and community support for patients.

The change will see existing services in Gateshead expand to help patients with mild to moderate injuries as well as more severe cases, and extend services into Sunderland for the first time.

Dr Steve Kirk, Clinical Director at NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Brain injuries can affect people in many different ways, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Our well established service for more complex and severe cases will continue, and will now be extended to help people with mild to moderate injuries to recover well, keep their jobs and maintain family roles.”

The two CCGs have invested an additional £1million per year in the service, which was designed with help from local clinicians, service providers, voluntary organisations, patients and families.

The service will offer assessment, advice and specialist rehabilitation, helping people with ongoing problems to regain their independence and functions as far as possible, as well as adapting to any long-term challenges from their injury.

10 things you need to know about the NHS Emergency Care Centre

At the end of February a new, state-of-the-art NHS Emergency Care Centre (ECC) opened in Gateshead.

The £32m building has brought cutting-edge healthcare to Gateshead, as well as a new way of dealing with patients during an emergency.

Here’s what you need to know:

A brand new £32m building with all the latest equipment. Designed by architects Ryder the bright, modern building not only has a unique look and feel, but it also completely changes the way patients are cared for during an emergency.

All emergency care brought together in a single unit. The ECC 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 and urgent children's services.

Access to the right healthcare services. The new unit doesn’t just include traditional A&E support - staff will make sure you get the right care for your needs whether that’s minor injuries or seeing a GP

Single rooms with en-suite toilets. The ECC has been designed in a different way to most existing hospitals and the layout has been chosen because it specifically reflects what people say they want from a modern NHS hospital. This means single occupancy rooms with en suite bathrooms for all patients in our short stay wards.

A new main entrance for the whole hospital. The building includes a brand new main entrance for the whole hospital, with all visitors and patients accessing the Queen Elisabeth through a bright, modern atrium.

Say hi to Faith. This giant steel figure in the main entrance weighs in at more than 530kg and continues Gateshead’s fine tradition of public art, with the iconic Angel of the North often recognised as one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Read more about the sculpture here.

More dignity for patients. Because all our emergency services are now in a single unit, patients don’t need to be moved through public areas to access tests or other procedures in different parts of the hospital.

News shops for visitors and patients including Costa coffee, Subway and Amigos.

A roof garden providing nice, relaxing views for our patients.

Right care, first time. A streamlined process to ensure that you get the right care, first time.

Find out more at: www.qegateshead.nhs.uk/emergencycarecentre

New Breath Easy group

Breathe Easy Gateshead is a new group for anyone with a lung condition.

The group will meet on the second Thursday of every month - for you, your family and friends. There’s no need to book, just come along to Trinity Methodist Church, Lucy Street, Blaydon, Tyne & Wear, NE21 5PU, from 2.00pm-4.00pm.

The next group meetings are on:

  • Thursday 10 September
  • Thursday 8 October

For more information about the group, please call the BLF Helpline 03000 030 555 or email: enquiries@blf.org.uk

Dementia advice service

We know it can be very difficult for people diagnosed with dementia and their carers to come to terms with their diagnosis but as well as the emotional distress it can cause there are very real practical problems they have to deal with which can have far reaching consequences.

Gateshead Advice Centre's Dementia Adviser will provide very practical help to get the individual and the family through these issues. It is a 1:1 free and confidential service. Home, hospital and day care centre visits can be arranged.

 Services provided include:

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Benefit entitlement
  • Practical help with aids and adaptions
  • Benefit appeals
  • Money advice and budgeting
  • Employment
  • Form filling
  • Provide information about counselling and social activities
  • Available to relatives and carers

 For anyone diagnosed with a form of dementia including:

  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)
  • Mixed Dementia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Frontotemporal Dementia
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
  • Normal pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome

For further information or to arrange an appointment please contact:

Lisa Douglas - Dementia Advice Worker.

Telephone: 0191 478 5100 ext. 252 or email: lisad@gatesheadcab.org.uk

Healthwatch Gateshead

Healthwatch Gateshead is your dedicated consumer champion, working with users of local NHS and social care services to hear about your experiences, identify any issues or problems and help generate improvements.

There are two consultations that are currently live:


To find out more information about your local Healthwatch go to:


You can also call: 0300 1234 008 or 0191 477 0033 or email: info@healthwatchgateshead.co.uk.

How to get involved in your Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group

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.

 The NHS belongs to us all. If you’re interested in learning more and would like to get involved in the work we do to develop and improve local health services, then join MY NHS.

By joining MY NHS you will:

  • Receive regular updates about the work of NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG
  • Receive invitations to events
  • Have opportunities to give your views about areas of healthcare that interest you
  • Be able to participate as much or as little as you like
  • Go to the NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG website to register


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 invited 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 NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG.

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

Visit us @  www.newcastlegatesheadccg.nhs.uk

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