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Project to seek views on the future of Ward 6


Healthwatch County Durham has been asked to gather the views of patients and the public regarding the future of Ward 6 at Bishop Auckland General Hospital.

You may remember our updates before Christmas when the potential closure of the ward was first reported. Many people contacted us at that time with their concerns and we have been in regular contact with the County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) since. We were keen to know the Trust’s plans for engaging patients and public in any decisions being taken and shared our policy on making engagement meaningful with them.

This week our Board accepted a request from the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is now leading the work, to carry out an independent engagement project to review Ward 6 and ideas for potential future service models. We will be offering many ways for people to share their views, including face-to-face conversations on ward visits; 1-to-1 telephone conversations via our Freephone number; and online and postal surveys. We want to make sure as many people as possible can have their say on the future of this service.

The project will run from April to June, after which we’ll share our independent findings with CDDFT and the CCG. They will be using our findings to help develop options for a future model of care that will deliver the best outcomes for local people.

Sign up for our monthly e-bulletin for further details of how to get involved, including links to the online survey when it is published.


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