HEALTH officials have announced they are to stand down plans for
two public consultations due to unprecedented demand for inpatient
NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield, NHS Darlington and
NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have taken
the decision to withdraw proposals for both Ward-6 in-patient
rehabilitation services and stroke rehabilitation at Bishop
Auckland Hospital (BAH).
The consultations, which proposed moving stroke rehabilitation
services from BAH to the University Hospital of North Durham (UHND)
and re-purposing Ward-6 as a dedicated rehabilitation facility for
patients will cease with immediate effect.
Dr Neil O'Brien, accountable officer for the CCGs, said:
"Despite the clinical proposals presented for both Ward 6 and
stroke rehabilitation being valid, the level of service demand has
far exceeded expectations and these need to be taken into
"We have further reviewed the demand and complexity of patients
and as a result a decision has been made to withdraw the
"Due to unprecedented pressure being placed on the system in
recent months, we felt that the proposed model of care would not be
deliverable at this time."
The move comes after seeking public views on both stroke
rehabilitation and Ward-6 inpatient rehabilitation, during the
initial consultation period which restarted on January 14 following
the need to pause in November 2019 due to the general election.
"The CCGs listened very carefully to public opinion during the
early consultation period and we, alongside County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, are fully committed to the long
term future of BAH," added Dr O'Brien.
"There is agreement that additional therapy support is required
for both stroke rehabilitation and Ward-6. Significant improvements
are being made to the community element of the stroke pathway and
we are committed to further investment in hospital based
"Specifically there will be dedicated therapy provision made for
stroke services on both BAH and UHND sites and in addition
resources will be made available on Ward-6 for an enhanced level of
The local NHS will continue to review services across County
Durham and Darlington to ensure high quality services are available
to all, whilst ensuring where possible care is delivered close to
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