NHS rearranges hospital and leisure drop-ins

A series of events being held to gather people's views on the possibility of a new integrated hospital development has been rescheduled.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 08 March, 2018, 06:26
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's 'Join Our Journey' roadshow in Berwick.

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 listening exercise was launched 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.

Some sessions which had to be postponed due to the adverse weather have been rescheduled and further sessions will be arranged.

Coun Georgina Hill, Berwick East, said: “Understandably, there has been a lot of local frustration due to historic delays with progressing with the new Berwick Hospital.

“However, a period of public engagement has now begun and 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 attend these drop-in sessions, 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 the county council, added: “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.”

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Drop-in sessions: Wednesday, March 14, from 9am-4pm at the NHS trailer, Marygate, Berwick; Thursday, March 15, from 10am-12pm at the NHS trailer, Belford Market Square; Thursday, March 15, from 1pm-3pm at the NHS trailer, Padgepool Place, Wooler.

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

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

“We’re holding our rescheduled events and would encourage people to drop in and talk about the new ideas around 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.

Daljit Lally, executive director of delivery at Northumbria Healthcare said: “We know people in Berwick are keen to see the hospital regenerated and we are pleased that we are now able to provide an update and seek people’s views. The integration of health services and their co-location with a leisure facility reflects the very latest thinking in how to deliver world class care.

“We understand there is some frustration in the community that things have taken so long but we remain 100% committed to a new hospital development for Berwick and are very keen to explore this idea further.”