IMPORTANT UPDATE – Consultation now stopped.
Consultation summary report and infographic
We’re Listening – ‘info-graphic’:
Following the pause due to the general election, we wanted to take this opportunity to share a brief summary of some of the comments that had been received through the work undertaken prior to ‘purdah’ coming into effect. You can see a snapshot of this information in our infographic.
What happens at the moment?
At the moment, the majority of the local population who have had a suspected stroke are taken to the hyperacute stroke ward (Ward 2) at the University Hospital of North Durham (UHND).
On average, patients will spend two to three days being treated on the ward and the majority (80%) then either go home, to a residential or nursing care home, or to intermediate care. Intermediate care is where someone is medically fit but requires a little more therapy support before going home.
For those who require longer term acute specialist stroke rehabilitation they are currently transferred to Bishop Auckland Hospital. This is about 20% of the total number of strokes who start their care at ward 2 at UHND.
Those patients who transfer to the stroke rehabilitation ward at Bishop Auckland Hospital stay there on average for nearly three weeks. After that, patients who are well enough go home do so with further therapy provided in the community. Others are discharged to a community hospital such as the Richardson Community Hospital in Barnard Castle or Chester-le-Street Community Hospital, or receive ongoing care in a nursing or residential home.
The feedback we have received from patients and their families has identified the need for better transition between hospital and community based services. The feedback also highlighted that more needed to be done to ensure specialist community stroke services are accessible and effective.
What might change?
The CCGs within County Durham and Darlington are committed to more effective community services which are person-centred and deliver care closer to home where possible.
The CCGs are consulting on two options:
Option One – Maintain current services, nothing will change
Option Two – Consolidate stroke rehab services at the University Hospital of North Durham, alongside the current hyperacute stroke unit and ensure robust pathway between hospital and community.
The CCGs’ preferred option is option two. This is because the CCGs feel that there should be:
- An improved focus on prevention
- a more consistent and equitable service for patients across County Durham and Darlington
- A model of care that will help to recruit and retain staff
The CCGs are keen to hear the views of current patients and families as well as the wider population of County Durham and Darlington and key stakeholders during the consultation, which will run from Tuesday 14 January 2020 until Tuesday 03 March 2020.
As part of the consultation, there are a number of ways that people can have their say:
Complete the online survey , or alternatively, if you would prefer to complete a paper version, please call 0191 389 8609 please leave your name, email or home address and phone number or you can email email@example.com.
Come along to one of the public consultation meetings. Four meetings have been arranged across the area:
|Saturday 25th January 2020||10am - 12pm||Heritage Park, Stadium Way, St Helen Auckland, Bishop Auckland DL14 9AE||Register|
|Tuesday 4th February 2020||6pm - 8pm||Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ||Register|
|Thursday 6th February 2020||10am - 12pm||The Witham, 3 Horse Market, Barnard Castle DL12 8LY||Register|
|Tuesday 11th February 2020||1pm - 3pm||St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington DL3 7TG||Register|
|Thursday 27th February 2020||2pm - 4pm||Scout Centre, Kingsway, Bishop Auckland, DL14 7JN||Register|
If you would like to attend a meeting, please register at one of the above events or 0191 3898609 and please leave your name, email or home address and phone number and which event you would like to attend. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently asked questions – coming soon