Campaigners against the downgrading of hospital services in South Tyneside will be out in force to protest against the proposed changes.
A mini march has been lined up, tomorrow, for people to get behind in a show of solidarity against the proposals which would see Children’s Accident and Emergency department affected.
The event has been organised by campaign group Children’s A&E...It is not a Done Deal, created by a group of mums concerned about the future of the department.
The march will also see protesters from the Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign joining them as they aim to raise awareness of the cause.
Gemma Taylor co-ordinator of SSTHC said “The Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign is supporting the mums, dads and grandparents in taking part in a mini march around Marine Park on Saturday October 7th to oppose the downgrading of the children’s A&E.
“This is part of preparations for the march and rally on Saturday October 14th to save our 24/7 consultant-led Children’s A&E, Consultant-led maternity, Special Care Baby Unit and hospital stroke services.”
Those wishing to take part in the mini march are asked to meet at the Band Stand within the park at 2pm.
The Save South Tyneside Hospital campaign was launched in response a new alliance between South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust (STFT) and City Hospitals Sunderland (CHS).
There are fears the hospital in South Shields will be downgraded, with Sunderland Royal dealing with more acute services, when the newly created The South of Tyne Healthcare Group is in full swing.
Both groups are calling on those concerned about the downgrading of the consultant-led 24/7 children’s and young persons A&E, the consultant-led maternity services and loss of hospital stroke services to come and march with them.
Meanwhile, the public can still give their views on proposals as to how care will be delivered at South Tyneside Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital in the future.
The Path To Excellence public consultation will run until October 15. Visit visit www.pathtoexcellence.org.uk.
The march and rally on October 14th, will start at Haven Point Clock Tower at 11.30am.
Campaigners will march along Ocean Road and King Street to the Market Place where a rally will begin at 12.30pm.
A similar march and rally last year attracted hundreds of supporters.
For details visit www.savesouthtynesidehospital.org/