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Giving local people a voice on health and social care services in County Durham

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Have Your Say

We gather views from patients and the public about their experiences of health and social care services. We then use this information to make recommendations to improve future services.


Smokefree NHS

Healthwatch County Durham and Healthwatch Darlington are supporting County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust to engage with patients, staff and visitors to gather their views about the Smokefree policy which came into operation at hospital sites on the 1st October 2019. This means that no smoking can take place anywhere on hospital sites and the use of e-cigarettes will be allowed in hospital grounds but not inside the hospital buildings. We would love to hear your thoughts on the introduction of this new policy.

Smokefree Survey 


Proposals for new clinical commissioning groups for Tees Valley and Durham CCGs

Local Healthwatch, including Healthwatch County Durham, have been asked to find out what you think about proposals to create new clinical commissioning group(s) to replace the five clinical commissioning groups in Teesside, Darlington and Durham. For more information and to find out what clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are, we recommend that you read the merger proposal information before completing the survey to share your thoughts.

CCG merger proposals survey


Are you entitled to a free flu vaccination? Do you get the flu vaccination?

Healthwatch County Durham has been asked by Durham County Council’s Public Health team to gather feedback on what people think about the flu vaccination. We want to find out what discourages eligible people from getting their free flu vaccination and find out what would encourage more people to get vaccinated. The following are eligible for a free NHS flu vaccine:

  • Children aged 2 - 10yrs on 31st August 2019
  • Those aged 65 years old or over
  • Pregnant women
  • People with certain medical conditions, aged 6 months – 65yrs
  • Those in long-stay residential care homes
  • Carers
  • Those in close contact with immunocompromised individuals
  • Frontline health and social care workers

Flu vaccination survey

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