What services are provided at Hartlepool hospital: Health chiefs say facility is ‘vital’ for patients
Health chiefs have said they are committed to Hartlepool hospital as campaigners plan a march and politicians call for services to be reinstated.
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust say the University Hospital of Hartlepool is a vital part of the services they offer to the town.
Recent developments include an urgent care centre for illness and minor injuries and a community hub to prevent certain patients needing to go to the university Hospital of North Tees in Stockton.
The trust also recently spent £300,000 upgrading an operating theatre at Hartlepool’s hospital.
But campaigners are due to stage a march from Seaton Carew to the hospital site in Holdforth Road on Sunday, March 15, as part of efforts to protect the site.
And Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has pledged to bring services back to Hartlepool if he is re-elected in May.
A trust spokesperson said: “We’re continuing to invest in the University Hospital of Hartlepool, such as adding diabetic foot surgery to the regular services.
“The University Hospital of Hartlepool is a vital part of our service to the community.
“The Holdforth Unit is a 22-bed facility specialising in the care of people who require rehabilitation following acute illness.
“As part of our investment in the Holdforth Unit we have developed a new and innovative model, named the Holdforth Community Hub.
“The hub brings more care to Hartlepool and delivers care closer to patients’ homes including intravenous antibiotics and removal of catheters after surgery.
“This means that patients who live in Hartlepool don’t have to travel to North Tees or other local hospitals.
“This sees patients have one point of contact for care and reduces the need for multiple phone calls and ensures they are cared for by local services with local professionals who understand their health needs.
“We are committed to delivering care to our patients locally in Hartlepool and will continue to invest in our community offering with the Holdforth Unit being pivotal in this plan.
“As a Trust with multiple sites, we deliver a large range of services across all of our hospitals.”
What services are currently provided at Hartlepool hospital?
Integrated Urgent Care Service – incorporating minor injuries and illness and emergency care practitioners Elective inpatient and day cases/surgery including major hip and knee replacements and complex hip and hand surgery Paediatric Day Unit 22-bed rehabilitation Holdforth Unit Midwife led unit Maternity day assessment Endosdopy including bowel screening Breast screening Cardiac outpatient investigations Elderly care day unit Outpatient services including: accident and emergency follow up clinics, anaesthetics/pain management, cardiology, chemical pathology, diabetic medicine, elderly care, gastroenterology, clinical haematology, clinical psychology, obstetrics, paediatrics, rheumatology, respiratory medicine, urology South Tees Outreach Outpatient services: dermatology, ear nose and throat, vascular, nephrology, neurology CT and MRI scans Pharmacy Pathology Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Community Services including: Single Point of Access, Teams Around the Practice, Heart Failure Team, Podiatry, Community respiratory service