A new era for stroke

The Stroke Association have recently launched A new era for stroke campaign, calling on the Government to renew the national stroke strategy. From an earlier stroke survey, over 45% of stroke survivors said that they feel abandoned once they leave … Continued

Neurology Services in the NHS

The Committee of Public Accounts, an influential parliamentary committee, has stated that neurological conditions are not a priority for the Department of Health and NHS England with services for people with neurological conditions revealed as “not consistently good enough.” With … Continued

Gardening for good health

Thrive is running Gardening for Good Health sessions at Saltwell Park, Gateshead and Team Valley, Gateshead from 27 June to 20 September 2016. These will be very practical sessions with no exams or tests and assume no prior knowledge of … Continued

Better Care in my hands

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recently published a report; Better care in my hands: A review of how people are involved in their care.  The report looks at how well people are involved in their own care and what … Continued

Patient Participation Groups

All GP practices should have a Patient Participation Group (PPG) whose purpose is to make the relationship between the GP practice and their patients stronger. You can do this by representing other patient’s views on services and gaining a better … Continued

A Space for You

The Brain & Spine Foundation have recently launched a Facebook group called Chiari Malformation Group – A Space for You for anyone affected by this neurological condition, carers, family and friends. A Chiari Malformation is when part of the cerebellum, … Continued

Care Quality Commission hospital inspections

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is inspecting two hospitals in the North East.  On 8 June the CQC is inspecting South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust acute services and later in June, the Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust … Continued

Have your say

NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is considering ways to improve care and support of people with one or more long term conditions. These are health problems that cannot currently be cured but which are controlled by medication or treatment, … Continued