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Changes to the way health and care services are planned and delivered

Over recent years, the way health and care services are planned and delivered has been changing to better meet our health and care needs. On 1 July 2022, the new ways of working will be formally established with the creation of 42 statutory integrated care systems.

Integrated care systems are local partnerships made up of all the public services that provide health and care in your local area - the NHS, GPs, local councils and the community, voluntary and social enterprise sector.

Each includes an integrated care board and an integrated care partnership. Together they plan how best to deliver these services to meet the needs of local people. Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will be closed down and their relevant legal functions will transfer to integrated care boards.

These new ways of working will help deliver important priorities including addressing the COVID backlogs, improving access to primary and urgent care and tackling health inequalities. You can find out more by visiting the integrated care section of NHS England's website.

Added:  01/07/2022

Covid-19 Vaccinations Next Steps

The vaccination programme is moving to business as usual in line with other vaccination programmes as Spring boosters are coming to an end. There will be no need for the larger vaccination sites. This means Centre For Life, Durham County Hall and Darlington Arena will not be operating as large vaccination sites from the end of June. We hope these FAQ’s will help people … [Read more...]

Added:  22/06/2022

Your Views on Pharmacy Services Wanted

Pharmacies and GP practices dispensaries are an integral part of our communities.

To ensure they continue to meet residents' needs, Durham County Council is inviting people to tell them what they think of the services pharmacies provide.

From Monday, 16 May to Thursday 14 July, an online consultation will take place as part of a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment.  Producing the assessment is a legal responsibility to our Health and Wellbeing Board.  The assessment considers how accessible pharmaceutical services are for our residents and types of services that are available.

Your views are important and your feedback will be used to help shape services now and over the next three years.  

To take part, please read through the draft assessment for 2022-25 and submit your comments at or send your feedback to by Thursday, 14 July

Added:  15/05/2022

Abusive Behaviour

At St Andrew’s Medical Practice we operate
zero tolerance policy and we will not accept
any abusive language or physical abuse to
any of our staff . If any patient is abusive or
physically abusive towards our staff you will
be removed immediately from our Practice
list and you will have to register with another

Updated:  22/08/2021

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