Health chieds to discuss plans to move critical care services out of Hartlepool

The University Hospital of Hartlepool
The University Hospital of Hartlepool

HEALTH bosses will meet next month to discuss the response to a major consultation into controversial plans to move remaining critical care services out of the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

Officials have thanked everybody who took part in the consultation and the responses will be discussed at a meeting in September.

The proposal is to centralise emergency medical and critical care services at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, and the plans will cost £2.3m and affect 10,000 patients.

But 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

NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group, Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG, and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust led the 12-week consultation, which included drop in sessions for the general public in the region.

The joint statement said: “The consultation is now closed and we would like to thank all the people who either came along to an event or gave us their views in other ways.

“Reports outlining feedback from the consultation and issues that the clinical commissioning groups and the trust need to consider are now being prepared.

“These will be discussed at a meeting in September.

“As soon as arrangements for this meeting are finalised they will be shared.”

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, Hartlepool’s critical care unit, which includes two intensive care beds and two high-dependency beds, relocated – to add to North Tees’s 12-bed critical care unit.

Hartlepool would become a centre for day case and low-risk operations with an increase in medical rehabilitation beds.