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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans for the health of our people

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National Health Campaigns and Local NHS Services

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Stockton Council and its relevant health partners work to localise national health campaigns that are relevant to our overall delivery plan and communications plan.

 

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment - Public Survey

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council is conducting a survey to better understand people's views and experiences of local pharmacies. The Borough has many pharmacies, sometimes known as chemists, which support health and wellbeing in a variety of ways.

Each pharmacy may differ slightly in how they operate or the type of service they offer. It is very important to us to understand what you think about local pharmacies, by completing this survey your feedback will help inform an important document known as the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment. The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment will help us to shape future services and understand if there is any improvements needed in the future.

It shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes to complete the survey and it is completely anonymous. The survey closes on Monday 9th October.

If you have questions or concerns please contact the Public Health team on public.healthteam@stockton.gov.uk or call 01642 528474.

We will keep this page updated with information and links for all campaigns we are supporting in the Borough.

 

ONE YOU

One You is a ground-breaking new campaign to help the nation’s adults, especially those between the ages of 40-60 years old, avoid future diseases caused by modern day lifestyles. Everyday habits and behaviours - such as eating too much unhealthy food, drinking more alcohol than is recommended, continuing to smoke and not being active enough – are responsible for around 40% of all deaths in England and cost the NHS more than £11 billion a year. One You is here to help you make simple changes which can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond.

Did you know?

  • Reduced health in later life is not inevitable. Older people can live as well as young people by making relatively small changes to their habits and lifestyles now.
  • Our busy lives often means our own health is at the bottom of our list of priorities. Remember that it’s important to take time to look after yourself as not only will you feel the benefits but so will your family.
  • Modern day life means it’s never felt easier to eat bigger portions and to get to the end of the day and realise you’ve been sat down for most of it.
  • One You is here to help you move more, eat well, drink less alcohol and be smoke free. It will also provide information to help you feel less stressed and sleep better.
  • The lifestyle choices we make today can decrease our risk of serious illnesses like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer by as much as 60%.

 

A good way to start the fight to healthy is to take our free One You health quiz, ‘How Are You’. This innovative quiz provides personalised recommendations based on your results and direct you to tools and offers to help you take action where it’s most needed.

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Change 4 Life

Would you or your family like to be healthier and happier? Would you like ideas, recipes and games to help you do this? Then you already know why you should join Change4Life.

Joining is a brilliant first step to get the most out of Change4Life. Further information on the scheme can be found on the Change 4 Life website. 

 

Be Smokefree

No surprises here-stopping is the best thing you can do.

We all want to do what’s best for our children and if you smoke, it’s likely that you already take steps to not smoke in front of your children or grandchildren at home or in the car. But even the best intentions aren’t always enough to protect those you love from the toxic poisons in cigarettes.

Although you might not always be able to see or smell it, second-hand cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals including dozens which cause cancer. These linger long after you’ve finished your cigarette. More than 80% of second-hand smoke is invisible and odourless, so whether you open a window, or smoke in another room, these fumes can hang around for hours and be breathed-in by your children.

The best thing you can do to protect your child from breathing in your smoke is to quit smoking completely, or at the very least smoke outside away from them. Being a positive role model by quitting now will also make it less likely that your son or daughter will want to try smoking in the future.

You are four times more likely to quit if you are using the local stop smoking service for support, if you would like to stop smoking, please contact our Stop Smoking Service on 01642 383819.

The Stop Smoking Service offer free, weekly drop in sessions to get some practical help to stub it out for good!

No booking needed but please arrive at least 20 minutes before the stated end times in order to be assessed.

For more information, please contact Ruby Poppleton on 01642 526697 or email ruby.poppleton@stockton.gov.uk 

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Healthwatch

Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees is a local residents' champion for all the Health and Social Care services across the Borough.

Healthwatch services have been set up all across the UK to provide a strong, singular voice of the citizens and communities in influencing local health and social care services to better meet their needs. It can also help support people to find the right service for their needs through impartial information and advice.

Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees will work with local people, (children and adults), patients, service users, carers, community groups, organisations, service providers and commissioners to get the best out of local health and social care services. This doesn’t just mean improving services today, but influencing and shaping services to meet the needs of the local communities in the future. Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees also works closely with voluntary and community sector organisations, including the Stockton Service Navigation Project (SSNP).

The SSNP aims to direct people to services that will benefit their health and wellbeing. The services that the SSNP helps residents navigate to are non-medical support and focus on mental health and wellbeing, such as anxiety and depression as well as people with long term illnesses.  

It is simple and easy to make your voice heard and one of the easiest ways to do this is through the Healthwatch website. You can also sign up to the Healthwatch E-Bulletin and review Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees latest news.

The Healthwatch service in Stockton is managed and delivered by local charity Pioneering Care Parternship (PCP). The Durham-based charity aims to improve the health and wellbeing of residents all across the North East. You can find further information on the PCP website

 

MoreLife

Helping parents and children ‘live healthier ever after'.

MoreLife Stockton-on-Tees is based at Ragworth Neighbourhood Centre. The local team of practitioners deliver free specialist child and adult weight management services across the borough including schools, community children’s centres, libraries and GP surgeries. The programmes are underpinned by their core values: high-quality, flexible, evidence-based and fun. There are three programmes available for parents or carers, teenagers aged 13-17 years and children aged 5-12 years.

MoreLife exists to raise awareness, inspire action and treat the global problem of obesity. The team’s aim is to support those who struggle with their weight and to encourage participants to make sustainable changes to their lives. The range of person-centred programmes cover healthy eating, physical activity and building self-confidence.

MoreLife Ltd was researched and founded by Professor Paul Gately, one of the UK's most respected experts in obesity and nutrition. The free service delivers weight management and health improvement programmes to individuals and families. MoreLife know that the issue of obesity is not going away and if it is not tackled now, individuals will pay with their lives later. Research shows that if a child is overweight now, they are increasingly likely to be obese with serious health problems in later life. Currently, 1 in 5 children in Reception year are overweight or obese, rising to 1 in 3 children by Year 6.

For further information on the MoreLife Stockton-on-Tees weight management service please call 01642 615101 or visit the MoreLife website and Facebook page.

 

Urgent Care Walk-in Services 

The urgent care (walk-in) service at Tithebarn House in Stockton-on-Tees will move to the University Hospital of North Tees on Saturday 1 April 2017 to be co-located alongside the Emergency Department. If you are unwell and need to use the service we advise that you book an appointment first by phoning 111. The GP surgery at Tithebarn will remain open as usual.

These changes are part of a new integrated urgent care service for illness and minor injuries being launched in Stockton and Hartlepool on 1 April 2017. The 24/7, GP-led facility will be provided as an alliance by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, Hartlepool and Stockton Health (the local GP Federation) and North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, from the University Hospital of North Tees and the University Hospital of Hartlepool

In Hartlepool the urgent care walk-in and minor injuries service at One Life Hartlepool will move on Saturday 1 April 2017 to the University Hospital of Hartlepool. Other services at One Life will remain.

The new integrated urgent care service will include out of hours services, where patients can see a GP or urgent care practitioner for urgent care needs or minor injuries.

If you have a minor injury, you should walk into the service.

Patients will continue to access their own GP practice as they do now. However, when local practices are closed you should call 111 for an appointment with the urgent care service.

For your information, you can download the new integrated urgent care leaflet from the Hartlepool and Stockton CCG website.

If you are unsure if you need to see your normal GP (doctor) or attend an urgent care centre then NHS 111 will advise you.

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