Berwick hospital plans to be discussed at public meeting

A public meeting is being held in Berwick to discuss people's views on the possibility of a new integrated hospital development.

Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 1:38 pm
Updated Wednesday, 25th April 2018, 1:39 pm
Berwick Infirmary

NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is working with partners at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland County Council to consider the possibility of the new hospital in Berwick being part of an integrated development including health, social care and leisure services.

The public meeting is being held as part of the ongoing listening exercise which was launched in February to give members of the public the chance to give their views about the potential new integrated development and about the different sites that are available.

NHS Northumberland CCG, the GP-led organisation responsible for the planning and purchasing of healthcare in Northumberland, is leading the listening exercise.

Siobhan Brown, the Chief Operating Officer of NHS Northumberland CCG, said: “We remain committed to supporting the development of a new hospital for people that would be fit for the future and best meet the needs of the population.

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“We’re holding a public meeting as part of our listening exercise and would encourage people to come along to listen to the emerging themes and give their views on an integrated hospital development for Berwick and the surrounding area.”

The CCG is pleased that the Berwick Regeneration Commission is now in place with membership including county councillors, town councillors and public governors from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. This will ensure that any new development contributes to the wider regeneration of the town and that opportunities can be taken for integrating services to ensure maximum benefits for local people.

Coun Georgina Hill,Northumberland county councillor for Berwick East and a member of the Berwick Regeneration Commission, said: “Understandably, there has been a lot of local frustration due to historic delays with progressing with the new Berwick hospital. 

“However, a clear public commitment has been made by NHS Northumberland CCG to deliver this which is, of course, extremely welcome news for the area. 

“I urge residents to engage with the process and make their feelings known about what they want from their new hospital.”

Coun Cath Homer, cabinet member for Culture, Arts, Leisure and Tourism, for Northumberland County Council, said: “The link between health and wellbeing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is well established.

“The possibility of combining health and leisure services in one area is an exciting prospect and I’d encourage as many people as possible to get involved with this exercise and have their say.”

The public meeting is being held at Berwick town hall on Wednesday, May 2 from 6.30pm to 8pm.