On the 1st April, County Durham and Darlington Community Health
Services became part of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation
This means that NHS Hospital and community care is managed by
one organisation, with the aim of improving the quality of care and
offering a better experience for patients.
The Foundation Trust is now working to develop a new clinical
strategy for the organisation's future as an integrated acute and
Would you like more information about our vision for the future
and to share your thoughts and views? Then attend one of our member
meetings taking place this month (details below).
Foundation Trust acting medical director Dr Robin Mitchell says:
"Having hospital services and community services as part of one
organisation is a huge opportunity to improve the quality of care
"Bringing these services together will improve co-ordination,
and be a first step on the road to more 'seamless' care.
"Patients may not notice any difference at first - they will be
cared for by the same teams of staff, in the same place. But the
new integrated Foundation Trust will be looking to take further
steps to create more convenient local care. We want to look at
providing more care closer to home so that patients need to make
fewer visits to hospital for instance for outpatient appointments,
The meetings are taking place between 5.30pm - 7.30pm as
Wednesday 20 April - Lecture Theatre, Darlington Memorial
Thursday 14 April - Lecture Theatre,University Hospital of North
Tuesday 19 April - Lecture Theatre, Bishop Auckland Hospital
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone
0191 5876028 to book your place.
'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital