Two weeks left to share your views on South Tyneside’s hospital services

NHS South Tyneside and Sunderland Partnership.
NHS South Tyneside and Sunderland Partnership.

A major public consultation to gather public views around the different ways some aspects of NHS hospital services could be arranged in South Tyneside and Sunderland ends mid-October.

Called ‘The Path to Excellence’, the 14-and-a-half week public consultation will end at midnight on Sunday, October 15, meaning there are just under two weeks left to give your views.

The Path to Excellence programme is led by a partnership of local NHS organisations including NHS South Tyneside CCG, NHS Sunderland CCG, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust – working together as the South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Partnership.

The proposals focus particularly on areas of hospital care which are delivered at South Tyneside District Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital including:

*Three options to improve stroke services, specifically hospital (acute) care and hospital-based rehabilitation services

*Two options to improve maternity services (obstetrics), covering hospital-based birthing facilities i.e. where you would give birth to your baby and special care baby units and women’s services (gynaecology), covering inpatient surgery where you would need an overnight hospital stay

*Two options to improve children and young people’s (paediatrics, urgent and emergency) services

These potential options have been developed to ensure we provide the highest quality of care to patients while getting the best out of NHS staff, facilities and resources.

It doesn’t matter whether you have previously used these services, we would like to hear your views on potential changes to these hospital-based services in your area.

How to get involved:

There are a number of ways you can get involved to ensure your views are heard. All information about the different ways to be involved is hosted on our website www.pathtoexcellence.org.uk

*Hold a focus group: We are keen to hear from groups those who work with people who may face barriers to taking part in this consultation

*Complete our survey: Access this online or request a paper copy by contacting us using the details below.

*Website: www.pathtoexcellence.org

*Email: nhs.excellence@nhs.net

*Facebook: Search: nhsexcellence

*Twitter: @NHSexcellence