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Better Health Programme: “Specialist emergency care could be provided from fewer sites, to deliver a high quality service.”

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Doctors leading the Better Health Programme believe that, in the future, specialist emergency care could be provided from fewer sites, if the NHS in Darlington Durham and Tees is to deliver a high quality service.
They also emphasised that no decisions have been made about changes to where care should be provided in the future.
GP and clinical lead Neil O'Brien said: "The view of the clinical leadership of the programme is that having the right workforce available to meet patients' needs 24/7 means we need to look at specialist emergency care
for adults and children being provided from fewer sites.
"We will be looking seriously at the case for each of the four hospitals in Darlington, Durham
and Tees which currently provide A&E being one of up to three emergency centres offering
an enhanced level of care in the future.
"Examples where patients benefit from specialist emergency care include treatment for very
serious injury and for heart attack, stroke and internal bleeding.
"The programme is reaching an important stage, with work beginning to develop and assess
possible solutions.
"Some people believe that organisations have already made key decisions which will
determine how services will be provided in future. This is not the case.
"The Better Health programme has been created to bring together local NHS organisations
to create area wide solutions which address challenges that, until now, individual
organisations have been trying to tackle on their own.
"No decisions have been made."
During July, the Better Health programme is embarking on a further series of events to
engage with the public and stakeholders.
Dr O'Brien said:"We are doing a lot of work talking to local people and groups about the programme and the
issues driving it, and this is continuing over the summer. So far, most people have been supportive of our broad direction of travel. People understand the benefits of specialist care and that this improves results, even though it may mean further travel for some patients.
"There is also a lot of support for the NHS providing more services closer to home, and working together more effectively with social care and the voluntary sector."
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Wednesday 06 July


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Wednesday 13th July


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Thursday 14th July


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Tuesday 19th July


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Published: 1 July 2016

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