Campaigners calling for a return of hospital services to Hartlepool held a demonstration on the day inspectors paid a visit.
Members of the Town of Hartlepool Challenge group gave out leaflets and spoke to patients outside the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton as part of its Save Our Hartlepool Hospital campaign.
We want our hospital back and will continue to fight for itStan Cronin, Town of Hartlepool Challenge group
The action co-incided with a visit to the site by the Care Quality Commission which is carrying out a planned inspection of the managing trust.
Group spokesman Stan Cronin said: “In spite of the weather we gave out a hell of a lot of leaflets.
“The aim was to draw attention to our plight that we want our hospital back and will continue to fight for it.” Members of the group also attended a listening event held by the CQC at Hartlepool’s Grand Hotel on Monday night.
It aimed to get feedback from the public on the care they have received at the University of Hartlepool or North Tees.
Town of Challenge members Norman and Pauline Hope encouraged people to complete surveys as and collected over 80 which were presented to the CQC at Monday’s event.
Member Becky Goddard said: “Because there is such a strain on the nursing staff and doctors at North Tees people feel it is just too small to cope with the influx of patients from Hartlepool.
“We wanted people to have their say.”