County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust welcomed the approval by Durham Council's county
planning committee on 4 January 2017 on its application for a new
emergency department at University Hospital of North
As you will be aware, for some
time the Trust has been working on proposals to invest in the
emergency department at UHND. The proposals being driven by the
pressures the current department is facing. The current department
was designed with a capacity for 30,000 attendances a year but last
year alone it saw more than double that with 65,000 attendances.
The proposals are ambitious also including the integration of
urgent care services and new ways of working.
The Trust is committed to
improving the quality of care it provides and the planning
application is the next stage of preparation for the scheme. The
planning approval is a positive step in ensuring that when the
Trust is in a position to progress everything is in place. There
remains a formal process to go through. A business case is being
prepared for the scheme which will subsequently require approval by
the Trust Board taking into account the need for potential sources
The Trust is fully engaged in
discussions about the draft Sustainability and Transformation Plans
for Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, and North Durham and South
Durham, Darlington, Tees, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby, the
final outcomes of which are as yet unknown. These proposals along
with plans for development of the Darlington Memorial Hospital site
have been progressed as part of the organisation's clinical
strategy over the past few years driven by quality and safety now
and into the future.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community