South Durham Health Federation supporting local Primary Care Networks to make COVID vaccinations accessible to all patients.

On Friday 7th May members of the South Durham Health team supported the NHS Melissa Bus offering vaccinations to eligible patients in the Peterlee area. This was the first time the NHS bus had been utilised as a vaccination clinic.

The day was such a success that it will be rolled out in other localities across the region.

for the latest COVID-19 advice please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

South Durham Health CIC would like to announce that Jill Moulton, Chief Executive, retired at the end of April.

The Board and the Business Team are extremely grateful for Jill’s dedicated service and strategic leadership to South Durham Health in supporting our practices and the population we serve since 2015.

We wish Jill the very best for her future and hope she enjoys many happy years of retirement.

We welcome Susan Watson as our new Chief Executive.

Susan joins us with a wealth of NHS experience and will undoubtedly steer us to adapt to the ever-evolving landscape of the NHS, supporting our member practices and Primary Care Networks within South Durham.

 Primary Care Service for Easington and Sedgefield 

As of 1st October 2019, there were changes to the Primary Care Service operated by South Durham Health. This provides access to a minor ailment service accessed through 111 in five locations – Sedgefield, Newton Aycliffe, Spennymoor, Peterlee and Seaham. The services in Peterlee and Seaham now operate between the hours of 6pm and 8pm Monday to Friday, 8pm to 1pm Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. The service in Newton Aycliffe and Spennymoor operate 6pm to 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 2pm Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. The Sedgefield service is open Saturdays and Sundays only 9am to 2pm. 

Primary Care Networks 

All practices across South Durham are working together better to meet the needs of their local population, with teams of staff employed by other organisations and agencies also now grouped around practices and their patients. South Durham Health works with five Primary Care Networks:

Sedgefield 1: Hallgarth Surgery, Bewick Crescent Surgery, Peaseway Medical Centre, Jubilee Medical Group (Clinical Director Dr Winny Jose)

Sedgefield North: St Andrews Medical Practice, Bishops Close Medical Practice, Ferryhill & Chilton Medical Practice, Skerne Medical Group, West Cornforth Medical Practice (Clinical Director Dr Matt Shield)

Easington Central: Blackhall & Peterlee Practice, William Brown Centre, Horden Group Practice (Clinical Director Dr Nitish Sahoo)

Easington District:  Bevan Medical Group, East Durham Medical Group, intrahealth @ Wingate, Southdene Medical Centre (Clinical Director Dr Dagny Samuel)

North Easington: Byron Medical Practice, Murton Medical Group, Marlborough Surgery, New Seaham Medical Centre, Silverdale Family Practice (Clinical Director Dr Rajiv Mansingh)

South Durham Health is the managing agent for five groups and works with the core members and clinical directors to assist with the administration of the networks and the delivery of their work programmes. 

Margaret Ross email: margaretross1@nhs.net Heather Burnip email: heather.burnip@nhs.net and Linda Brown email: linda.brown12@nhs.net can provide further information on the operation of the networks.

We are delighted that Margaret Ross has joined South Durham Health as Business Manager. Margaret was Practice Manager at Marlborough Surgery.

We are delighted that Heather Burnip has joined South Durham Health as Business Manager. Heather was Practice Manager at Wingate Medical Centre.