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Hyperacute Stroke Services Formal Public Consultation

As you may be aware, a formal consultation is underway to seek local people's views on proposed changes to hyperacute stroke services in County Durham and Darlington. This consultation is being led by NHS County Durham and Darlington, the organisation which plans and pays for health services locally.

Stroke patients need access to high quality, specialist hospital care to give them every opportunity to make a full and speedy recovery. While recent improvements to stroke services have been made, we recognise that much more needs to be done to ensure all patients have the best possible treatment.

Local clinicians and managers are telling us that centralising all stroke hyperacute services onto a single hospital site is the best way to ensure that more patients have access to first-rate care, without having to travel outside of County Durham and Darlington.

A thorough options appraisal has been undertaken to evaluate different ways in which stroke hyperacute services can be provided - closely analysed by stroke service clinicians and managers, with input from service users and carers through a range of representatives from local groups and organisations.

NHS County Durham and Darlington is now in a position to recommend a preferred option - to consolidate hyperacute stroke services at the University Hospital of North Durham. This is based on faster access to specialist services and clinicians and greater existing capacity for diagnostic services for the majority of our stroke patients.

We are now in the formal consultation period - supported by a website, an online questionnaire, a 52 page consultation document, an eight page executive summary, press advertising and eight public meetings. 

We would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to become involved during the consultation period. We would like you to tell us your thoughts and views on our proposals and you can do this in one of the following different ways:

  • Complete the online consultation response form at
  • Complete a paper consultation response form contained in both the full and summary consultation documents
  • Attend one of the eight public meetings across County Durham and Darlington; details of which are in the consultation documents
  • Emailing your views to
  • Writing to us at Hyperacute Stroke Consultation, FREEPOST, RRXK-CZGR-TJJA, Unit G, Lumley Close, Thirsk, YO7 3TD

More information including further copies of documents to download can be found at our website which also includes the online consultation questionnaire.

We hope that you will take this opportunity to share with us your thoughts and views on our proposal to help us deliver safe, sustainable and high quality hyperacute stroke services for people across County Durham and Darlington.


'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham