UNDER the planned changes all emergency admissions would go to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton.
Four emergency medical wards, including the assessment and respiratory unit, would close at the University Hospital of Hartlepool with the loss of up to 120 beds and transfer to Stockton if the plans are confirmed after the three-month public consultation.
The critical care unit, which includes two intensive care beds and two high dependency beds, would also be relocated to add to North Tees’s 12-bed critical care unit.
Emergency and critical care services work closely together to support acutely ill patients and those who could become critically ill.
It means people currently admitted to the emergency medical wards at Hartlepool for problems such as pneumonia, asthma, kidney and liver problems or bowel problems would go to North Tees instead.
The University Hospital of Hartlepool would then become a “planned care site”, which means it would be a centre for diagnostic tests, day case and low risk planned operations and procedures.
There would also be an increase in the number of medical rehabilitation beds.
The paediatric assessment unit and the birthing unit will remain at the Holdforth Road site as those services were not part of the NCAT review.