Pharmacy opening times for Easter Holiday 2019

Patients encouraged to ‘choose the right care at the right time’ over the Easter weekend

NHS Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group says patients who become unwell over the Easter weekend can save time if they choose the right health services. With most GP practices closed for the four-day Easter weekend which begins with Good Friday on 19 April, local NHS leaders want to make sure people access the most appropriate [...]

Flash Glucose Monitoring April 2019 update

We are currently working with diabetes specialists across the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership to update our policies on flash glucose monitoring, following the publication of new guidance from NHS England, and agree a single policy for all nine clinical commissioning groups. The criteria outlined in the new [...]

Community equipment amnesty launched across North Yorkshire

Local NHS and social care leaders are calling on people across North Yorkshire and York to return loaned equipment like walking frames, crutches, beds, mattresses and hoists when no longer needed. Last year the NHS launched a national so-called “crutch amnesty” to deal with concerns that perfectly good medical equipment is going to waste. It’s tho [...]

We’re proud to be ‘Looking out for our Neighbours’

We are excited to announce that we are supporting a brand new community campaign from West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. Please join us by pledging your support for the campaing here. ‘Looking out for our Neighbours’ is a new campaign that aims to help prevent loneliness in our communities by encouraging people to do simple [...]

New website to help local people access mental health therapies

A North Yorkshire improving access to psychological therapies (IAPT) service, which offers talking therapies treatments, has launched a new website to make it easier for people to access help and support. This includes an option to self-refer online without having to go through a GP. The service, which is operated by mental health and learnin [...]

NHS Long Term Plan published

The NHS has published its long term plan. The document, as well as addtional information about the plan, can be found on the web at The NHS long term plan will save almost half a million more lives with practical action on major killer conditions and investment in world class, cutting edge treatments includin [...]

CONSULTATION (closes 28 February): Items which should not routinely be prescribed in primary care

NHS England is currently conducting a further consultation on items which should not be routinely prescribed in primary care. Items under consideration include: Silk garments - for eczema and dermatitis (low clinical effectiveness) Aliskiren - used to treat blood pressure Amiodarone - to treat abnormal heart rhythms (low clinical effecti [...]

HaRD CCG Governing Body set future direction for mental health services for adults and older people

On Thursday 6 December the Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Governing Body approved a proposal for the future development of mental health services in the district. The agreed approach will enable investment in enhanced community services and ensure that people who need specialist inpatient services receive these in [...]

Single accountable officer appointed for three North Yorkshire CCGs

A single accountable officer has been appointed to oversee a shared leadership team across three North Yorkshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). The current Accountable Officer of Harrogate and Rural District CCG, Amanda Bloor, has now been officially appointed to the post by NHS England’s Chief Executive, Simon Stevens and will commence [...]

Consultation On Proposals For Changes To The Way The County Council Charges For Adult Social Care

North Yorkshire County Council has begun a consultation on proposals about how people who use adult social care services contribute to their costs. The consultation will cover two main areas: the cost of transport provided by adult social care to places where people receive a service – for example a day care centre; and how the total cost of ca [...]

New website launched to support children and young people’s mental health

A new website to support children and young people from North Yorkshire with their mental health and wellbeing has been launched, thanks to the local NHS. Compass BUZZ, who are commissioned by the five North Yorkshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to provide mental health services for children and young people, has launched the site to [...]