We continue to listen

Many of you will have been involved in our consultation events around our plans for urgent care. The consultation report has just been published and is now available on the here. 

Some of you have been to events in May around larger scale health development plans across Durham, Darlington and Tees for the future.

This is called the ‘Better Health Programme’.

It is in the engagement phase of development, with all plans being shaped by what you feed into us. We gathered lots of information from events in February that have shaped where the plans have moved to, this is what we have been speaking to you about this week.

In essence the plans are around ensuring that we have hospital services of a high quality, so that when you have a health need and are treated in hospital, you are able to be seen by the right professional, with the level of skills you require and you get the best outcome.

Sometimes this will be receiving a highly specialised service that needs to have centralisation of expertise. Other times, say for a planned operation,  ideally you would go to a more local hospital that was not dealing with emergencies, meaning if you have an operation planned, it is less likely to be cancelled due to bed space.

Most of us spend very little time in a hospital setting during our life, where most help is needed, is in the community and primary care.  This is what the Better Health Programme calls the ‘not in Hospital’ part of the programme.

Readers of the website may already know about our IMProVE programme that focuses on providing more care at home or in the community setting, and we can now offer so much more with enhanced nursing , therapies and social care to enable patients to remain in their own homes, but we need to develop our plans further .

Please visit here for more information on IMProVE.

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