As you may be aware, a formal consultation is underway to seek
local people's views on proposed changes to hyperacute stroke
services in County Durham and Darlington. This consultation is
being led by NHS County Durham and Darlington, the organisation
which plans and pays for health services locally.
Stroke patients need access to high quality, specialist hospital
care to give them every opportunity to make a full and speedy
recovery. While recent improvements to stroke services have been
made, we recognise that much more needs to be done to ensure all
patients have the best possible treatment.
Local clinicians and managers are telling us that centralising
all stroke hyperacute services onto a single hospital site is the
best way to ensure that more patients have access to first-rate
care, without having to travel outside of County Durham and
A thorough options appraisal has been undertaken to evaluate
different ways in which stroke hyperacute services can be provided
- closely analysed by stroke service clinicians and managers, with
input from service users and carers through a range of
representatives from local groups and organisations.
NHS County Durham and Darlington is now
in a position to recommend a preferred option - to consolidate
hyperacute stroke services at the University Hospital of North
Durham. This is based on faster access to specialist services and
clinicians and greater existing capacity for diagnostic services
for the majority of our stroke patients.
We are now in the formal consultation period - supported by a
website, an online questionnaire, a 52 page consultation document,
an eight page executive summary, press advertising and eight public
We would like to take this opportunity to encourage you
to become involved during the consultation period. We would like
you to tell us your thoughts and views on our proposals and you can
do this in one of the following different ways:
More information including further copies of documents to
download can be found at our website www.haveasay.org.uk
which also includes the online consultation questionnaire.
We hope that you will take this opportunity to share with us
your thoughts and views on our proposal to help us deliver safe,
sustainable and high quality hyperacute stroke services for people
across County Durham and Darlington.
'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly,
efficiently and professionally with full explanations and
compassion from all staff involved'.
Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital