Hexham General Hospital

Overnight urgent care closures to continue

Temporary measures to close the urgent care centres overnight at Hexham, Wansbeck and North Tyneside hospitals are set to continue for at least another three months.

The measures, which have seen the centres closed between midnight and 8.00am since December last year, are deemed necessary by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust so that the skills of nursing staff are used where they are most needed overnight. Night time emergencies have been diverted to the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Hospital in Cramlington.

In an announcement on 22nd June, the trust stated that since the temporary measure was implemented there has been no detrimental impact on patient care and no significant change in the number of people accessing services overnight at the emergency care hospital.

The trust has stressed that the move is a temporary decision and says it will continue to work with NHS Northumberland and North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Groups on future arrangements.

For more information on emergency and urgent care services please see our Find Services page or visit Northumbria NHS Healthcare Foundation Trust website.

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Watch Your Back- Sun Protection Tips for Gardeners

Watch Your Back is a sun protection resource designed for all gardeners and brought to you by the Myfanwy Townsend Melanoma Research Fund. Everyone who regularly spends time outdoors is vulnerable, it is men over 50 who are at the highest risk of developing skin cancer in areas that are hard to spot, such as the head, neck and back.

The MTMR Fund has teamed up with eight of the UK’s top gardeners, horticultural organisations and over 170 major garden centres to encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the garden, but stay safe, with a message to PROTECT, DETECT and PREVENT!

Here are some of its top tips to help gardeners, and anyone else working or playing outdoors, to stay safe in the sun.



Aim High
Always wear a broad spectrum high factor sunscreen of at least SPF30 at all times, and a sunblock on your ears, nose and lips which are prone to burning.

Reapply regularly
Once applied to the skin, the active ingredients in sunscreen last approximately two hours and less if you are prone to excessive sweating or simply working hard in the garden. Reapply regularly and check for signs of sunburn (which you will need to cover up).

Helping hand
Full body sun protection is important and certain areas like the neck and arms are especially vulnerable. If you find it difficult to reach those tricky places, get someone else to do the honours and follow suit, or simply wear protective clothing.

Happy feet
Feet and hands are vulnerable to the sun and are a common place for skin cancer, ageing and age spots. Remember to protect with sunscreen after washing hands or taking off shoes half way through the day.

Come cloud or shine
Dangerous UV rays penetrate cloud, haze and fog. Don’t be caught out – use adequate sun protection on cloudy days as well as sunny.

Clear as day
Greenhouse glass does not protect your skin against UV rays so if you’re planning on spending time under glass, take the same precautions as if you were gardening outside.

Don’t be out of date!
The active ingredients in sunscreen deteriorate overtime. All brands have an expiry date and using it after this date may make the application ineffective, so check and if out of date, dispose of responsibly.


Lots more tips, advice and facts about skin cancer can be found at the website.

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Alnwick and Morpeth Hearing Support Groups

The hearing loss support groups meet informally each month to discuss experiences around hearing loss and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a chat. A donation of £2 per session towards room hire costs is appreciated.



Meetings are on the last Wenesday of the month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at: St Paul’s court, Prudhoe Street, Alnwick NE66 1XY.

2017 Programme

26 July: Education, education, education.. happiest days of our lives?

30 August: No meeting; summer break

27 September: Alnwick Playhouse by Elizabeth Anderson

25 October: History of the Music Hall by Andy Griffin. Participation optional!

29 November: Action on hearing loss – what do we do? by Sandra Welburn

27 December: No meeting



Meetings are on the second Wednesday of the month from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at: NCBA, Reiver House, Staithes Lane, Morpeth NE61 1TD.

2017 Programme

12 July: Northumbria and the Reistance in World War II by Steve Blake

9 August: No meeting; summer break

13 September: Education, education, education.. happiest days of our lives?

11 October: History of the Music Hall by Andy Griffin. Participation optional!

8 November: Action on hearing loss – what do we do? by Sandra Welburn

13 December: Christmas lunch for regular members


For more information please contact Andy Griffin tel: 01665 581244 or email: andygriffin66@gmail.com

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Come on Board! We’re recruiting for a Vice Chair.

Healthwatch Northumberland is now looking to recruit a Board Vice Chair. Adapt (NE) has delivered the local Healthwatch function for Northumberland since April 2013 and has an agreed extension until March 2018.  Full details about this opportunity can be found in the application pack. If you think you meet the requirements and could deliver the role for Healthwatch Northumberland we would welcome your application.

For more information, contact Derry Nugent on: 03332 408468 or email: derryn@healthwatchnorthumberland.co.uk.

The closing date for applications is 12.00pm on Wednesday 24th May 2017, with interviews taking place in early June.


Board Vice Chair Recuitment Information May 2017

Adapt and Healthwatch Board relationship agreement

HWN Board Terms of Reference – Final

Sustainability and Transformation Plan Engagement Events

During January 2017 NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group hosted a series of public engagement events at locations across the county regarding the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plan  (STP) for Northumberland, Tyne & Wear and North Durham. The plan can be viewed here.

A summary of the key areas of feedback received from attendees of the events plus questions and answers from each event can be found below.

STP Engagement Jan 2017 summary