Redcar and Cleveland Primary Care Trust (PCT) was established today and its boundary is fully co-terminus with that of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council.
This new PCT covers the area previously covered by Langbaurgh PCT - Redcar, Marske, Saltburn, Guisborough, Skelton, Brotton and Loftus - and now includes the council wards of South Bank, Eston, Teesville, Grangetown, Ormesby and Normanby, which were previously covered by Middlesbrough PCT.
The information on this website dated prior to October 1st 2006, relates to work done by the dis-established Langbaurgh PCT.
The day-to-day primary care health services - ie, GPs, dentistry, pharmacy and optometry will remain unaffected by this change, as will all community services, such as district nursing, health visiting, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
All services in, and based at, the three Primary Care Hospitals in Guisborough, Brotton and Redcar also remain unaffected by the change.
The reason for the change followed a national consultation, Commissioning a Patient-Led NHS, which took place at the end of 2005 and the beginning of this year.
NHS Chief Executive David Nicholson said: "The new PCTs coming into effect today represents the culmination of months of hard work and consultation.
"The extra investment we have seen in the NHS over the last few years has reaped real improvements, but we need to do much more. We need to create an NHS that delivers better services for better value. PCTs are at the very heart of making this vision a reality. Our commissioning needs to be responsive and innovative, using services that patients want, in the place and time that they want them, whilst making the most of every penny spent.
"To do this we will need to engage and listen to the public. We will need to motivate and involve staff at all levels, nurture talent and develop leaders from a broad range of backgrounds.
"The move to fewer, more strategic PCTs - more closely mirroring local government boundaries - means we are better placed to make this happen."