Have your say at meeting to discuss emergency care in Hartlepool

The University Hospital of Hartlepool
The University Hospital of Hartlepool

Urgent and emergency care will be the topic when a working group set up to identify priorities for the provision of health and social care services in Hartlepool, holds its third meeting next week.

The Working Group will identify priorities to be used by the Hartlepool Health & Wellbeing Board and the NHS Hartlepool & Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group CCG, to develop a Hartlepool Local Health and Social Care Plan to provide integrated health and social care services across the town, including the University Hospital of Hartlepool site.

The working group was set up by Hartlepool Borough Council and the CCG, and the next meeting is on Thursday at 6pm at Hartlepool College of Further Education in Stockton Street, which will again take the form of interactive workshops.

People are again invited to go along and contribute to the discussions.

The working group is made up of all 33 Hartlepool Borough councillors, plus representatives of the clinical commissioning group.

Over the course of 12 months it will consider issues and views from a wide range of organisations, including the council, the clinical commissioning group, the Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, the North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group, the North East Ambulance Service, Healthwatch Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Durham County Council and other interested local groups.

Professor David Colin-Thomé, the working group’s independent chairman, said: “Our first two meetings have been very productive and I would like to thank everyone who took part in them.

“Having looked at GP and other community-based services, we are now moving on to consider urgent and emergency care, which form another key element of the overall health and social care services.

“Members of the public are once again invited to come along and give their views to help shape the important Local Health and Social Care Plan.”

People are also encouraged to make a date in their diaries for the working group’s final two meetings, which are:

l Monday, February 8, at the Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CETL) in Brierton Lane, Hartlepool, at 10am;

l Monday, March 21, in the Council Chamber, Hartlepool Civic Centre, Victoria Road, at 2pm.

In order to manage numbers, members of the public wanting to attend any of the meetings can contact Joan Stevens, Hartlepool Council’s Scrutiny Manager, on 01429 284142 or email joan.stevens@hartlepool.gov.uk