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The Richardson Hospital

The Richardson Hospital

Richardson Hospital  

On Thursday 25 February 2016, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust attended a public meeting in Barnard Castle to discuss services at the Richardson Hospital.  The meeting was called by Helen Goodman MP, and we joined our colleagues from Durham Dales, Easington & Sedgefield CCG and around 100 members from the local community.

The Trust's Chief Executive and Chairman attended the meeting and were able to share a presentation outlining some of the services being provided at the hospital.  These include:

 Inpatient care

  • Community midwives
  • Physiotherapy
  • Outpatient clinics across nine specialities - rheumatology, urology, diabetes, ophthalmology, ear, nose and throat (ENT), pain management, dermatology, geriatric medicine and gynaecology.

 The Richardson Hospital is very well used.  Did you know that in 2015/16 to date there has been: 

  • Over 1,400 outpatient appointments
  • Over 1,000 new outpatient appointments
  • A 5% increase in outpatient activity compared to the same period in 2014/15.
  • Patient numbers have doubled accessing geriatric medicine clinics comparing January 2015 to January 2016. 

There are 24 beds across one ward providing: 

  • Support for patients on a 'step down' basis from acute sites
  • GP direct admissions
  • On-going support and rehabilitation
  • Assessment facilities to determine on-going needs. 

The Richardson Hospital building is owned by NHS Property Services and healthcare services are commissioned by local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

The Richardson is a cherished hospital and due to changing demand and staffing pressures we are working with commissioners looking across the health economy at what opportunities there are for healthcare services both at the Richardson and in the surrounding communities.

To view a full copy of the presentation from the evening CLICK HERE

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital