Working collaboratively, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust (CDDFT) and the three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in County Durham and Darlington have presented information relating to future public consultations to their relevant Overview and Scrutiny Committees.
There will be two separate consultations running at the same time. The first will be related to Ward 6 at Bishop Auckland Hospital, the second is in relation to Stroke Rehabilitation services (in Durham and Darlington).
Both of the consultations are currently scheduled to take place from Monday 7th October 2019, for a period of 10 weeks.
The proposed options contained within both consultations have been informed and developed through clinically-led discussions between health and social care partners and are based on national evidence and the latest clinical standards.
They also follow public and patient engagement programmes specifically in relation to these services. This has seen the local NHS work in partnership with Voluntary and Community Sector organisations to be able to reach and hear from those patients with direct experience of these services.
Further information about ways for people to contribute and share their views will be made available in due course through the CCG websites, social media and local groups and networks in the areas.
Dr David Bruce, Stroke Consultant, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said: “This is about how we provide the best model of care for stroke patients in County Durham and Darlington. National evidence and clinical standards state that the best model of care is one seamless pathway across acute care and rehabilitation.
“Currently, in County Durham and Darlington patients are treated for their acute care at University Hospital of North Durham with rehabilitation being provided at Bishop Auckland Hospital.
“We know from national data that as a Trust we perform very well in caring for patients in their acute phase of a stroke but actually we are not doing as well for those patients receiving rehabilitation care when compared to other units. We also know that patients at Bishop Auckland Hospital have an average length of stay which is longer than patients being cared for in other units.
“National guidance advocates, and our patients, tell us that they would rather be cared for at home or as close to home as possible. This proposal is based on the national and clinical evidence and what our patients are telling us they would prefer. We need to reduce our length of stay for patients and deliver more rehabilitation in the community, in patients homes or as close to home as possible.
“The evidence shows that having this continuity of care between acute care and rehab results in the best outcomes for patients.”
Links to papers presented to Durham Adults, Well-being and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee: