The NHS is launching an engagement exercise to hear the views of
local people on what services could be provided from a brand new
health facility in the North West Durham area - and we want to hear
NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the
organisation responsible for planning and buying the majority of
health services in the area is keen that public feedback helps to
influence how services are provided in the future.
Come along to one of our events and find out more:
6 - 8pm
Consett Football Club, DH8
12 - 2pm
St Cuthbert's Church Hall, DH8
11.30am - 1.30pm
Blackhall Mill Community Centre,
1 - 3pm
Lanchester Community Centre, DH7
Burnopfield Community Centre,
Louisa Centre, DH9
The CCG will be undertaking an eight week engagement period from
Wednesday 27 March until Wednesday 22 May 2019 and is asking for
feedback on a number of issues. The engagement programme will
mainly focus on services currently provided at Shotley Bridge
Community Hospital, which includes:
There is, however, a commitment from North Durham CCG to
re-provide the majority of services from a new purpose built
facility in North West Durham with funding that has been
specifically earmarked for this purpose. The CCG is keen to hear
the views of local people about what is important to them as we
develop plans for the new facility and how this would work
alongside services in GP practices or those in the
The CCG's preference is for outpatients, chemotherapy and
diagnostic services to continue to be provided from the new
facility, with endoscopy and theatre services moving to an acute
hospital, such as the University Hospital of North Durham.
For urgent care, the service patients access when their GP
surgery is closed and their condition requires prompt attention but
is not an emergency, the CCG is proposing that this continues as a
24-hour GP and nurse practitioner service, or moves to 8am to
midnight with home visits only from midnight to 8am.
There are also a number of different ideas for inpatient beds
that the CCG is keen to explore.
Dr Ian Davidson, a GP in Lanchester and clinical lead for the
CCG said: "We are really keen in this initial engagement
phase to talk to people about our vision for the future of health
services in North West Durham and while we have talked at this
early stage about our preferences I must stress that no decisions
have been taken about what those services will look like yet.
"That's why it's really important that local people have their
say on what is important to them, how they access services now and
are likely to in the future and all the other crucial issues such
as travel and transport that will help us build a very real picture
of what people will need in the future so we can design services
for them that are sustainable in the long term.
"This is just the beginning of a number of conversations that we
are planning to have with people in the North West Durham area,
that will help us understand issues and priorities that we can then
apply alongside clinical criteria and the views of our consultants,
doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to come up with
options to deliver services that are fit for the future and meet
the needs of local people.
"I would urge people to have their say by either visiting our
website or attending one of our public engagement sessions which
have been arranged across the area.
"That feedback will help us to propose a number of options that
we can then go out to formal public consultation on later this
For further information visit www.northdurhamccg.nhs.uk.
Published 27th March 2019
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