PEOPLE are being urged to have their say on controversial plans to transfer emergency care services from Hartlepool hospital.
Health chiefs will hold a public meeting at Hartlepool Historic Quay for people to comment on the proposals which would see all remaining critical care moved from the University Hospital of Hartlepool to North Tees in Stockton.
The drop-in session on Wednesday, June 12, is part of a 12-week public consultation being carried out by Hartlepool and Stockton-on Tees Clinical Commissioning Group.
Health bosses say everyone is welcome and assure people they will listen to what they say.
A spokesman for the clinical commissioning group said: “Members of the public are invited to a drop-in session to find out more about the plan, learn how it will ensure patients have access to the safest and best quality care, and give their views.
“The events are part of a 12-week consultation following a report by the National Clinical Advisory Team which concluded that providing critical care on two sites was not sustainable in the long term.
“It recommended the centralisation of critical care and emergency medicine services as soon as possible.”
People will be asked what they think are the pros and cons of the proposals, what they are concerned about and what health bosses need to consider when putting any changes in place.
At a council meeting, Hartlepool ceremonial mayor Stephen Akers-Belcher also urged people to write to health chiefs with their views.
He said: “We need to say this is not good enough and we want services to stay in Hartlepool, we don’t always want to be going to Stockton.”
Wednesday’s drop-in session takes place from 5.30pm–7.30pm at the Sir William Gray Suite, Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, Maritime Avenue.A similar meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 19, at Norton Education Centre, Junction Road, Norton, at 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
Other events are also planned for the Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield area. People can write to: Communication and Engagement, FREEPOST NEA9906, Middlesbrough, TS2 1BR or email to: email@example.com. The deadline is August 11.
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