Durham Dales

Durham Dales
Durham Dales is one of the three locality groups which make up Durham Dales, Easington & Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (DDES CCG). Durham Dales locality group is situated in the west of the county, comprising of a mixture of small urban areas alongside the large rural areas of Wear Valley and Teesdale. It is spread across 540 square miles, which creates challenges in delivering healthcare.There are 11 GP practices within Durham Dales that serve a population of 90,500 patients. Around 41% of the population is aged 50+, which is projected to rise to around 46% by 2020. Around 9% of the population is aged 75+ and this is projected to rise to around 11% by 2020. Male life expectancy in Durham Dales is 1.5 years less than average, and female life expectancy is 0.9 years less.

Locality base

Sedgefield Community Hospital Salters Lane Sedgefield TS21 3EE Tel: 0191 3713222 Fax: 0191 371 3223

Durham Dales Locality Leadership

Dr Dilys Waller and Dr Nari Pindolia

Decision making committee:

Durham Dales Locality Group Members: GPs, Practice Managers, Lay Members Chaired by: Dr Dilys Waller or Dr Nari Pindolia


The governance structure is available here.


Explain was commissioned by NHS County Durham & Darlington in 2012 to deliver a comprehensive research programme that would independently evaluate the evidence based model of ambulance provision that was operating in the Durham Dales at that time. The following groups were interviewed:

  • On street survey with 366 local residents
  • In-depth telephone interviews with 13 patients
  • In-depth telephone interviews with 21 relevant professionals.

Fieldwork was completed between mid-January and mid-March 2013, with insight delivered at the end of March 2013. This was presented to the Ambulance PRG in September 2013. To view the explain report click here A feedback form is available here, all completed forms are to be returned to sarah.paylor@nhs.net

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