Bishop Auckland Hospital Ward 6 Public Consultations

The people of County Durham have the opportunity to have their say on proposals for Ward 6 at Bishop Auckland Hospital, following the re-launch of the 10-week public consultations (postponed due to the general election).
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Ward 6 currently delivers nurse- led step down care for patients who are medically well but unable to return home immediately. The existing service provides limited therapy input and is not a specific rehabilitation facility. Beds on Ward 6 have been used for patients waiting for packages of care or other assessments to assist them before they return home. Following a review of services, a clinically based proposal has been put forward by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to re-purpose the unit into an inpatient rehabilitation facility, offering patients dedicated therapy support to help them leave hospital sooner and get back to where they live. Two options for the future of Ward 6 have been put forward in the DDES CCG consultation; Do nothing and keep it as it is or Provide a specific therapy nurse-led ward with 16 beds , on Ward 17 – the CCGs preferred option.

Four public events will take place on:

  • Thursday, January 30, 10am -12 noon, Great Hall, Durham Town Hall
  • Saturday, February 8, 10am -12 noon, the Music Hall, The Witham, Barnard Castle
  • Wednesday, February 12, 6pm – 8pm, at Bishop Auckland Football Club, Bishop Auckland
  • Tuesday, February 25, 1pm – 3pm, St Augustine Parish Centre, Darlington

If you would like to register to attend for one of the public events or require consultation documentation contact NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group at: / 0191 389 8609 or register directly here:

The consultation also features an online questionnaire available at:

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