Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

You Are at the Heart of Medical Services; Your Health in Your Hands - Campaign Launches Today

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

You Are at the Heart of Medical Services; Your Health in Your Hands - Campaign Launches Today

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Byline: HELEN RAE

TODAY the Chronicle launches its Your Health in Your Hands campaign.

The biggest ever reform of the NHS was undertaken earlier this year as the Health and Social Care Act 2012 was implemented.

As part of the major changes, all primary care trusts will cease to exist from April next year and will be replaced by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

The Chronicle wants to let you know what health initiatives are being undertaken and developed in your area as part of the region's CCGs.

All this week, the Chronicle is highlighting how the CCGs from across the North East are putting patients at the heart of their medical care, with our Your Health in Your Hands campaign.

One of the people who has benefited from a CCG is Maureen Clemo who has struggled with high blood pressure for years.

The 60-year-old feared her condition would get so serious that it could lead to a heart attack or stroke.

In the past, Maureen has had to go to hospital to get a large device fitted that she wore to monitor her blood pressure over a 24-hour period.

But recently the grandmother-of-one was given a discreet wrist watch to wear for a day and night to get an accurate reading of her blood pressure.

Maureen is a patient at St Anthony's Health Centre in Walker, Newcastle.

The new technology is currently being piloted and the scheme is made possible by a group of local GPs working together to bring healthcare closer to patients. NHS Newcastle North and East CCG is offering the devices to patients whose blood pressure needs to be monitored over a period of time.

Maureen, of Wallsend, said: "The watch which was fitted at my GP surgery was very snug and comfortable.

"It's made a huge difference as in the past when I've had to have my blood pressure monitored I had to get a large, cumbersome device fitted at the hospital. …

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