Chance to see how hospital compares

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PEOPLE will be able to see how their local NHS hospital is performing after the launch of a new online tool.

The user-friendly “infographic” tool gives people the chance to see how their hospital stands against others on key aspects of care including A&E waiting times, referral to treatment for inpatient and outpatient procedures and treatment times for urgent cancer referrals.

NHS North East will publish the performance data every quarter in line with the Government priorities to give people information, choice and control over their healthcare.

It means residents will be able to see how the University Hospital of Hartlepool is performing along with NHS Hartlepool Health Centre One Life, in the town’s Park Road.

Richard Barker, director of commissioning development at NHS North East, said: “By using infographics to communicate performance data in a clear and meaningful way, we firstly want to show patients and stakeholders just how well the region’s NHS is doing andt also be as pro-active and transparent as we can to provide clear information to aid patient choice and drive up the quality of care even further.”

To see the figures when they are published visit www.northeast.nhs.uk/your-local-nhs