South Tyneside CCG News

Could you help improve NHS support for long-term conditions?

Tue 18th February 2020


Health leaders in South Tyneside are calling on residents with diabetes, heart conditions or COPD to help improve the support services provided by the NHS locally.

People with long-term health conditions rely on a range of education and rehabilitation programmes which help them to live well and manage them successfully.

NHS organisations in the borough are inviting people to share what matters to them and their families, with a view of helping improve services for the future.

The project is led by South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – the organisation that plans and buys most NHS healthcare services locally –working with South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr David Julien, the CCG’s Executive Clinical Director, said: “NHS rehabilitation and education programmes can make a big difference in people’s lives, reducing risk and improving both lifestyles and health.

“We want the best possible range of support, provided in a way that is proactive, personal and fair – and to ensure it is easy for people to take part. We learn a lot from listening to local people, so we’re getting out and about around the borough to hear from as many people as possible.”

Health staff will be visiting a number of venues across South Tyneside on the NHS’s specially designed double decker ‘Melissa bus’ during February:

Monday 24 February

9.30am – 12pm, South Tyneside District Hospital

1.30 – 4pm, Hebburn Central


Wednesday 26 February

9.30am – 12pm, Boldon ASDA

1.30pm – 4pm, Jarrow Morrison’s


Thursday 27 February

All day – King Street, South Shields


Dr Julien added: “No one knows better than patients and their families what works best in terms of support with managing conditions like diabetes, heart problems and COPD. Everyone is welcome to come along and take part and we’d love to hear from you.”

Councillor Tracey Dixon, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Independence and Wellbeing, said: “We are encouraging people to pop along to the Melissa Bus to discuss how health services in the Borough can be improved to suit the needs of our residents.

“Ensuring that people with long-term health conditions have the best possible support available is a key priority, and it’s local people’s views and feedback that help shape services to be the best they can be.

“The Melissa Bus will be travelling around South Tyneside stopping at various locations across the Borough where there will be a wealth of information on offer in a fun and interactive setting.”

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