HEALTH officials are inviting people in County Durham and
Darlington to have their say on proposals to help patients needing
extra support return home sooner from hospital.
NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical
Commissioning Group (CCG), North Durham CCG and Darlington CCG are
set to launch a ten-week public consultation to review the services
on Ward 6, Bishop Auckland Hospital.
Four public events will take place on:
Saturday, November 9, 10am -12 noon, the Music Hall, The Witham,
Tuesday, November 12, 1pm - 3pm, St Augustine Parish Centre,
Thursday, November 14, 6pm - 8pm, at Bishop Auckland Football
Club, Bishop Auckland
Thursday, November 28, 10am -12 noon, Great Hall, Durham Town
The 24-bed ward currently delivers nurse- led step down care for
patients who are medically well but unable to return home
The existing Ward 6 service provides limited therapy input and
is not a specific rehabilitation facility. Beds on Ward 6 have been
used for patients waiting for packages of care or other assessments
to assist them before they return home.
Following a review of services, a clinically based proposal has
been put forward by the CCG to repurpose the unit into an inpatient
rehabilitation facility, offering patients dedicated therapy
support to help them leave hospital sooner and get back to where
Dr Stewart Findlay, Chief Officer at DDES CCG, said: "Step-down
care is required for patients that are still in recovery and who
require rehabilitation to enable them to leave hospital.
"We know that unnecessary and prolonged stays in hospital are
not good for patients due to sleep deprivation, increased risk of
falls and fracture and the risk of catching healthcare acquired
"We need to help patients who are medically well by supporting
them to return to their homes as quickly as possible".
Two options for the future of Ward 6 have been put forward in
the DDES CCG consultation:
The CCGs have invested in NHS community services helping to
deliver care closer to people's homes, with further investment
planned to develop Bishop Auckland Hospital into a specialist
centre for planned surgery procedures.
"During their time in hospital it is important that patients
have access to a wide range of professionals to help them achieve
their rehabilitation goals," added Dr Findlay.
"Our focus is to ensure that patients are discharged at the most
appropriate time, with a robust care plan in place and support
through our community care services once they are home.
"Listening to patients, carers and communities and acting on
feedback ensures that our joint decision-making and planning of
health services can help to meet the needs of local people"
Carole Langrick, Executive Director of Operations, County Durham
and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said: "We are committed to
supporting our local populations with the right care, in the right
place and which meets individual needs.
"We know that unnecessary longer stays in hospitals can affect a
patient's outcomes and that therapy input is vital to support a
patient's rehabilitation and have been working with our staff and
stakeholders to seek views on how we could improve the model of
care being provided for patients currently being cared for on Ward
6 at Bishop Auckland Hospital.
"We look forward to sharing these proposals with the wider
public during the formal consultation."
If you would like to register to attend for one of the public
events or require consultation documentation contact NHS Durham
Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group
at: My.firstname.lastname@example.org or 0191 389 8609
The consultation also features an online questionnaire available
Published 8th October 2019
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