HEALTH chiefs are giving residents further opportunities to have a say on controversial plans to move remaining critical care services out of the University Hospital of Hartlepool.
Public consultation is currently ongoing about proposals to centralise emergency medical and critical care services at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
Residents now have further chances to attend several drop-in sessions to find out more about the plans, which will cost £2.3m and affect 10,000 patients.
Health chiefs say the changes need to happen because of “significant” concerns and stress while the current service is safe, it is not sustainable to meet rising standards.
The drop-in sessions will take place between noon and 2pm on:
l Today at the Central Library, in York Road;
l Wednesday, July 24 at Asda, in Marina Way;
l Thursday, July 25 at One Life Hartlepool, in Park Road;
l Friday, July 26 at Central Library, in York Road.
People can find out more at any time during the events, which are part of the 12-week consultation.
The plans would see all emergency admissions go to North Tees, four emergency medical wards close at Hartlepool with a total of 135 beds removed and the jobs of around 200 people affected.
Also, the critical care unit at Hartlepool, which includes two intensive care beds and two high-dependency beds, relocated – to add to North Tees’s 12-bed critical care unit.
Hartlepool hospital would become a centre for day case and low-risk operations with an increase in medical rehabilitation beds.
It follows a review by the National Clinical Advisory Team (NCAT) after concerns from staff. The review recommended the centralisation of critical care and emergency medicine services as soon as possible.
NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG, and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust are leading the consultation.
Responses can also be submitted to: Communication and Engagement, FREEPOST NEA9906, Middlesbrough, TS2 1BR or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is August 11.