Richard Holden, MP for North West Durham, has welcomed the launch of a public consultation regarding the future of the new hospital to replace Shotley Bridge Community Hospital.
NHS County Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a public consultation that relates to the clinical model for services for the future. The consultation will last until the end of March 2021. The CCG are aiming to find out local people’s views on how future services will be delivered, and there will also be the opportunity to get your views heard on future estate solutions. There are a wide range of materials on the CCG website, including a video presentation from NHS staff about the context and updated clinical model being discussed.
You can get your views heard by completing the online survey or you can contact the CCG directly by emailing email@example.com or calling 0191 389 8609 – comments can be shared directly or paper documentation can be sent to you.
There are also online public events that you can attend to get your views heard.
- Wednesday 3rd March, 3.30-5pm – discussion on urgent care and diagnostics
- Thursday 4th March, 5-6.30pm – discussion on chemotherapy and medical investigations
- Tuesday 9th March, 2.30-4pm – discussion on inpatient beds
- Wednesday 10th March, 5-6.30pm – discussion on outpatients (including therapies, minor surgery and women’s services)
- Wednesday 17th March, 10-11.30am – discussion on outpatients (including therapies, minor surgery and women’s services)
- Wednesday 17th March, 5-6.30pm – discussion on urgent care and diagnostics
- Thursday 18th March, 10-11.30am, discussion on chemotherapy and medical investigations
- Tuesday 23rd March, 5-6.30pm, discussion on inpatient beds
To receive information about how to join any of the above meetings, please contact the CCG directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0191 389 8609.
You can also put forward comments in relation to specific services areas:
- Urgent care and diagnostics - use this link
- Chemotherapy and medical investigations - use this link
- Inpatient beds - use this link
- Outpatients (including therapies, minor surgery and women’s services) - use this link
Richard has recently had it confirmed from the Health Minister, that, as a result of his campaign, the replacement for Shotley Bridge Community Hospital scheme is to receive up to £30 million in funding, £10 million more than previously allocated, taking the total funding for the project up to £30,000,000. You can read about this here. Richard has spoken about the future of Shotley Bridge Community Hospital in the House of Commons, which you can see here, and you can find more information about Richard’s campaign for a new hospital here and here.
Commenting, Richard said:
“I am delighted that a public consultation has been launched about the new hospital. I highly encourage all of you to complete it as it is a key part of getting your views heard and ensuring that the local healthcare we have reflects what the local population wants and is fit for the community.
“The staff and volunteers across our NHS have done an enormous amount of work keeping our local communities safe throughout the pandemic and I want to thank them for the work they’ve done. I also want to thank them for the work they’ve done in getting the vaccine rollout up and running in our local area – I have had lots of constituents get in touch to thank the work that local hospitals, GPs, pharmacists and others have done over the past few months.
“The local CCG have made it really easy for everyone to complete the consultation - you can do it online, at a virtual meeting, over the phone or you can request paper documentation. If you have any problems completing the survey, get in touch with my office and we will be able to help you sort it out and get your views heard."
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