Press release - issued on behalf of NHS Property
Services, North Durham CCG and County Durham and Darlington NHS
NHS Property Services have identified significant maintenance
issues at the Hospital with the water and drainage
infrastructure. As a result, contingency planning has been
on-going at the site and this has identified an increasing risk to
the patients receiving treatment in the hospital's inpatient ward.
As the service provider, County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust is concerned about the level of risk for these
patients and how any risks are mitigated.
A joint decision has therefore been made that from Saturday 01
October there will be no new admissions to the ward. During
the course of the month, we will work very closely with the
patients currently receiving care on the ward and their families to
relocate them to alternative community hospitals and care
homes. This will allow NHS Property Services to have
unrestricted access to the area to fully assess the extent of the
issue and for all partners involved to consider the possible
A spokesperson for NHS Property Services, said: "Shotley Bridge
Hospital services are currently provided from a 1960's building. As
landlord, NHS Property Services takes our obligation to ensure the
building is maintained safely and meets all building regulations
very seriously. A risk assessment review was recently undertaken
where we reviewed several safety issues associated with the current
aging infrastructure of the building; in particular, serious issues
with the main water supply.
"NHS Property Services has chosen to approach NHS partners; NHS
North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and County Durham
and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT), to agree the best
approach to resolving these issues and to alert them to the
increasing likelihood of infrastructure failure at the site. We
consider it essential that all parties are aware of the increasing
level of risk and can make their own necessary plans for business
continuity and service delivery.
"All health partners are working together on options and
contingency plans for managing the situation. The longer term
suitability and future provision of the Hospital is a matter for
commissioners and NHS Property Services will continue to provide
expert estates support and advice to all our NHS partners."
Mike Brierley, Director of Operations and Delivery NHS North
Durham CCG said, "As Commissioners of services provided at Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital, we are working closely with our NHS
partners to ensure that the care provided to patients continues to
be of the highest standards.
"We are working with our colleagues on options and contingency
plans for the short term and developing long term options for the
future of healthcare provided from Shotley Bridge Community
Sue Jacques, Chief Executive at County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust said: "This is not a decision which has been taken
lightly. As the provider of services in the hospital, we have a
duty to ensure we can provide safe services for our patients and to
the highest standards. We also have a responsibility to
provide a safe working environment for staff. Following the
identification of the problem by NHS Property Services, we have
been carrying out contingency planning with our services and have
identified that there is an increasing risk to the patients
receiving treatment in the hospital's inpatient ward. There are
currently 16 patients on the ward and we are working very closely
with the patients on the ward and their families to make
arrangements to relocate their care based on an assessment of their
needs. We are also working very closely with our staff to support
them in discussions about relocation."
Published: 29 September 2016
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