'Do It For Yourself' campaign

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK, but catching it early improves treatment options and means more people are surviving.

We’ve become a nation of DIYers, spending more and more time taking care of our homes. BUT, when it comes to our health, many of us are putting off looking after ourselves.

If you or someone you love is experiencing the following symptoms don’t delay.  ‘Do It For Yourself’ and speak to your GP today.

A persistent cough

Not every cough is a COVID Cough. Having a cough for three weeks or more, or a change in a cough you have had for a long time.


Feeling breathless for no reason or getting out of breath doing things you used to be able to do.


Feeling extremely tired or experiencing tiredness or lack of energy on an ongoing basis.

If you have any of these symptoms, or if something just doesn’t feel right, it could be your body telling you something is wrong, so it’s important to speak to your GP as soon as possible.

It may be nothing serious, but your GP will be able to put your mind at ease or refer you for a chest x-ray if they think it’s necessary.

The NHS is open and ready to see you safely through face to face, phone and online appointments.

On the lookout for Festival Makers to keep Lumiere shining

Want to help make this year’s Lumiere the brightest and best yet? Durham County Council is working with festival producers Artichoke to recruit volunteer Festival Makers who will welcome visitors to the city, direct people to the Lumiere installations and also be the face of the festival.

Organisers want to hear from people aged 18 and over who have a friendly personality and a passion for the festival, as well as different skills and life experiences.

Find out more:

Lumiere 2021

Thinking about whether you can Talk Before You Walk

Public urged to only visit A&E if 'absolutely necessary' as NHS pressures continue


Health officials are taking urgent action to urge the public to keep A&E free for serious emergencies only.

With pressures mounting on local NHS services, doctors in County Durham are asking the public not to just to turn up to A&E but to think pharmacy, GP and 111 first.

The urgent plea is aimed at reducing the number of inappropriate visits to local A&E departments and raise awareness of alternative services available for people needing urgent medical advice and treatment.

Dr Stewart Findlay, chief officer, NHS County Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said: “The message is clear, please do not just go to A&E if it's not a serious emergency.

"Alternative treatment options are available and finding the right service for you may be quicker and closer to home. A&E is there to deal with genuine life-threatening emergencies only.

"If a medical need is not life threatening visiting a local pharmacy, contacting your GP practice, or calling NHS 111, who can arrange appointments with a GP, pharmacy, or urgent treatment centre, means that you won't have to spend hours waiting in A&E, and treatment can be given quicker to those really in need of urgent care."

A&E services in County Durham are available for the following conditions:

  • ​loss of consciousness
  • acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
  • chest pain
  • breathing difficulties
  • severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • severe allergic reactions
  • severe burns or scalds
  • stroke
  • major trauma such as a road traffic accident

If people do turn up with minor ailments and don’t need to be there - they will be re-directed to a more appropriate service for their needs.

Anyone concerned about mental health issues is encouraged to contact the local Tees Esk & Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) crisis service on freephone number 0800 0516171.

Advice on what to do in a mental health emergency is also available at

Sue Jacques, chief executive, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) added: “The support we have seen for the NHS has been amazing over the last year.

"We now need to ask people to keep this up and continue do their bit to protect the NHS and each other".

Further guidance on when you should go to A&E can be found here:

Beware! Fake Covid Vaccine Passport

A Covid Vaccine Passport scam email is going around that purports to be from the NHS and informs recipients that they can apply for their “Digital Coronavirus Passports”

Clicking on the link within the email, takes you to a convincing but fake NHS website that asks for personal and payment details. (for an admin fee)

Your vaccination status is obtained FREE through the NHS App, website or by calling the NHS on 119.

More information can be found on the website;

Let’s Be a Covid Safe County

  • Remember, even if you have had both doses of the vaccine you should still test twice a week to help to prevent the spread of Covid. 
  • Having the vaccine can prevent serious illness but it does not stop you from catching, or spreading, Covid-19. 
  • Find out how to access local testing sites or order home testing kits at
  • Remember, having both doses of the vaccine can prevent serious illness. To find out more go to

LFD Testing Site

An assisted testing site is being set up in Consett Library from today until Saturday 10th July

It will be there between:

Date    Time

Friday 2 July 9.30am – 1pm

Saturday 3 July 9.30am – 12.30pm

Monday 5 July 9.30am – 1pm

Tuesday 6 July 9.30am – 1pm

Wednesday 7 July 9.30am – 1pm

Thursday 8 July 9.30am – 1pm

Friday 9 July 9.30am – 1pm

Saturday 10  9.30am – 12.30pm