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Our vision for the future - member events

On the 1st April, County Durham and Darlington Community Health Services became part of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

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 community trust.

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 we offer.

"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, or tests."

The meetings are taking place between 5.30pm - 7.30pm as follows:

Wednesday 20 April - Lecture Theatre, Darlington Memorial Hospital
Thursday 14 April - Lecture Theatre,University Hospital of North Durham
Tuesday 19 April - Lecture Theatre, Bishop Auckland Hospital

Just email gailclark@nhs.net or telephone 0191 5876028 to book your place.

'I feel it is important to relay my experience back to let the staff know they are doing a brilliant job! I would like them to know I appreciated all they did for myself, my family and our beautiful baby girl.'

Patient, Labour Ward, Darlington Memorial Hospital