New Suicide Bereavement Service

A new service to support people bereaved or affected by suicide goes live on Monday (2 December) across West Yorkshire and Harrogate. The service is a response to the fact that people bereaved by suicide are more likely to suffer from severe depression or post-traumatic stress disorder, or even adopt suicidal behaviours themselves. The West Yorksh [...]

Flu - advice on how to stay well this winter

Flu is a common viral infection spread by coughs and sneezes. It can be very unpleasant, but you'll usually begin to feel better within about a week. You can use over-the-counter medicine to manage your symptoms, which could include: High temperature of 38C (100.4F) or above Tiredness and weakness Headache Aches and pains Dry, chesty cough [...]

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Healthy Hearts initiative continues to help save lives

A new initiative that was launched in April 2019 with the aim to reduce the number of heart attacks and strokes across Harrogate and surrounding areas is showing positive results. The local Harrogate NHS Commissioning Group is working in partnership with the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network and other healthcare professionals to [...]

Innovative new programme to prevent ‘shaken baby syndrome’ launches across the region

Last week saw the regional launch of an innovative new programme to support parents manage normal infant crying and to prevent abusive head trauma injuries to babies caused by shaking, also referred to as ‘shaken baby syndrome’. ‘ICON – Babies Cry, You can Cope’ (ICON) is an evidenced-based programme designed to help parents and carers understand t [...]

North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups back World Antibiotics Awareness Week campaign

NHS Hambleton Richmondshire and Whitby, NHS Harrogate and Rural District and NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are backing a national campaign which aims to increase awareness of antibiotic resistance. The campaign known as ‘World Antibiotics Awareness Week’ will run from 18 to 22 November targeting the general publi [...]

Merger approved for three North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups

NHS England has approved the merger of three North Yorkshire clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). The three CCGs – NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG, NHS Harrogate and Rural District CCG and NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG – will become the North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group on 1 April 2020. We welcome NHS England’s decision a [...]

CCG publishes October 2019 Refresh to the Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People's Mental Health

The North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Groups have continued to work closely with key partners, children, young people and families to improve mental health care for all children and young people. The Local Transformation Plan for Children and Young People's Mental Health October 2019 Refresh outlines some of the key accomplishments over [...]

Harrogate District patients can now seek quicker advice on managing aches and pains

Patients across the Harrogate District can now seek quicker advice on their aches and pains thanks to a new website developed by physiotherapists. Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust and Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are working together to provide patients with information and resources on musculoskeletal [...]

GP advice on how to stay well this winter

With winter just around the corner, NHS Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is advising local residents on the best ways to stay well during the cold weather. There are a number of effects the winter can have, and they are not just physical. The colder weather and shorter days can also affect your mental health. NHS Ha [...]

Keep infections at bay – health bosses call on patients with flu or norovirus to stay away from hospital

The NHS in York and North Yorkshire is calling on residents and communities for help to prevent the spread of winter infections. An outbreak of influenza or norovirus in hospital could have serious consequences for patients who are already poorly and can lead to entire wards being shut down and quarantined, putting an additional strain on NHS reso [...]

New online mental health support for young people in North Yorkshire

Young people aged 11-18 in Harrogate and Rural District and across North Yorkshire can now access Kooth, a website offering free online counselling and emotional wellbeing support. Kooth (, from digital mental health provider XenZone, gives young people instant access to emotional and wellbeing advice and support whenever and wheneve [...]

25 million people in England to be offered free NHS flu jab this winter

Record numbers of people in England will be offered a flu vaccine this winter For the first time, all primary school children will be offered the nasal spray vaccine A trio of England’s top medics have urged those at risk of suffering from or spreading flu to ensure they get their free NHS vaccination this winter. The health service in England h [...]