Dr Nick Timlin’s Column

Evening and weekend GP appointments

People in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees can now access GP and nurse services until 8.00pm on weekdays and up to 5.00pm on weekends and bank holidays in addition to 24 hour urgent care services at North Tees and Hartlepool hospitals.   Read more

Raising awareness of ovarian cancer

In Hartlepool we are more likely to die young from cancer than people in most other parts of the UK. March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month so this week I really wanted to draw your attention to the symptoms and Read more

Do you know the FAST message?

You have probably seen the national FAST campaign on TV at the moment. Acting FAST saves lives and improves recovery of those who have had a stroke. A stroke is a ‘brain attack’ caused by a disturbance of the blood Read more

Sepsis kills more than 40,000 a year

Sepsis kills more than 40,000 people a year, more than bowel, breast and prostate combined has been highlighted on the news this week. Would you recognise the signs and symptoms? What is Sepsis? Sepsis can be life threatening. It happens Read more

New digital system to access patient records set to be rolled out

A new digital system for accessing patient records is set to be rolled out across the North East region over the coming months, helping medical professionals to provide better, safer emergency care for local people. MIG The Medical Interoperability Gateway Read more

Healthy Eating

Each year Change4life launches a new campaign to help you get into shape and point you in the right to leading a healthy lifestyle. This year’s campaign is ‘Be Food Smart’. The aim of the campaign is to help you Read more

Health New Year

As the dust settles from Christmas and the New Year begins it is a good time to take time and think about your resolutions for the New Year, whether you want to lose some weight, or give up the cigarettes, Read more

Drink Driving

Over the last fifty years a Drink Driving campaign has tried to persuade people not to drink and drive during the Festive period. It combines education with increased police presence on the roads. Attitudes have changed over this time. There Read more

Choose Wisely

Undercooked turkeys, faulty fairy lights or too much festive tipple combined with a kitchen full of hot pans and sharp knives – Christmas can bring a cocktail of hidden dangers. If you do suffer a merry mishap or are struck Read more

Winter Pressures

Each winter there are stories in the news about A&E departments being at breaking point. A&E is always busy, but during the winter we expect this pressure to increase and as a result we make plans to ensure the system Read more