Health & Wellbeing


Chester-le-Street Health Action Group **Current**

Due to the Health Action Group meeting falling just after the New Year, I have spoken to Jane and we are going to put the meeting back. The next of the Health Action Group will therefore now be held on Wednesday 17th January 2018, time and venue still the same. 

Cheers Ally

Healthwatch County Durham - December news update **Current**

Season's greetings and very best wishes for 2018 from the Healthwatch County Durham team. Thank you for all your contributions to our work and research in 2017!

HIV update session for World AIDS day **Current**

Due to low numbers we have rearranged the date to; Wednesday 20th Dec from 12.15 – 13.45, over lunchtime in County Hall, room will be confirmed when booking – there will be an update on HIV stats local, regional and national along with future plans and public health info. 

We will also be showing a short video that can be used with groups in the community to update knowledge, increase testing and reduce stigma. 

If anyone is interested please contact equalities@durham.gov.uk or call 03000 268 017 to book their place.

Help to improve the health of men and boys **Current**

Transforming the health of men and boys is a huge challenge, but the voluntary sector can help make this happen. Men’s Health Forum wants to find out more about what other organisations are doing to improve men and boys' health – to inform government and the NHS of the priorities of the sector - and, for those organisations that want it, spread the word about their activities. Whether you are from an organisation that supports or represents men and boys, or just interested in how you or your organisation can do more to support men, please take the time to fill in this survey. 

Durham County Council, Adult & Health Commissioning **Current**

I am writing to inform you that David Shipman, Strategic Commissioning Manager for Learning Disability, Mental Health, Autism and Prison Social Care, has decided to retire. 

His replacement from November 1st 2017 will be Tricia Reed, who initially will be covering the post on an interim basis until March 31st 2018.

Do not hesitate to contact Tricia if you need to discuss any commissioning issues in more detail. 

Her contact details will be: Email: Tricia.reed@durham.gov.uk Tel: 03000 269095

Patient Record Access **Current**

Dear Colleague At the recent Health Action Group meeting - Paul Dodds from Bridge End Surgery / Chester-le-Street Federation discussed a national scheme, whereby patients can now access their own records, without the need to see their local GP. You need to register for this service with your GP Practice. 

Please click on the link below to find out further information. Paul notes that he would be happy to provide a presentation of this service at a future Health Action Group meeting 


Durham County Council, Adult & Health Commissioning **Current**

I am writing to inform you that David Shipman, Strategic Commissioning Manager for Learning Disability, Mental Health, Autism and Prison Social Care, has decided to retire. 

His replacement from November 1st 2017 will be Tricia Reed, who initially will be covering the post on an interim basis until March 31st 2018.

Do not hesitate to contact Tricia if you need to discuss any commissioning issues in more detail. 

Her contact details will be: Email: Tricia.reed@durham.gov.uk Tel: 03000 269095

Patient Record Access **Current**

Dear Colleague At the recent Health Action Group meeting - Paul Dodds from Bridge End Surgery / Chester-le-Street Federation discussed a national scheme, whereby patients can now access their own records, without the need to see their local GP. You need to register for this service with your GP Practice. 

Please click on the link below to find out further information. Paul notes that he would be happy to provide a presentation of this service at a future Health Action Group meeting 


Just to let you all everyone I had a lovely meeting with Jayne Raine today from Silver Line who is the community engagement officer (volunteer) and she is looking for groups to talk to about the services they provide. I am not sure how many of you are aware of The Silver Line but it is the charity set up by Esther Rantzen and there logo is’ THERE IS NO NEED TO BE LONELY’. 

They provide a free confidential helpline for over 55’s that is open 24 hours a day. They all so provide a service so that their trained ‘Friends’ will call you on a weekly basis or if you prefer write letters. This is an invaluable service and I am sure we all know someone who would benefit from it. 

If you or any groups you know would like Jayne to come and give a short talk about the services they provide you can contact her on: Jayne.raine@icloud.com