Shotley Bridge Community Hospital Services

Capital Funding update and Engagement report – September 2019

Following a number of national announcements on NHS capital funding the CCG has been seeking clarity on the availability of funding which was earmarked for North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in relation to a building solution for services currently delivered from Shotley Bridge Community Hospital.  The CCG must ensure that it has funding in place before consulting with the public on the development of future health services in North West Durham.

We can now confirm that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have told us that following a further discussion with DHSC finance and NHS England/Improvement colleagues that the Shotley Bridge scheme can now be progressed with an identified funding source. The CCG will now continue to work with NHS Property Services in developing a Pre-Consultation Business Case by the end of the calendar year.  This will then be subject to the usual assurance processes by NHS England and we anticipate following this to formally consult with the public.

We also can now share the summary Shotley Bridge Community Hospital Services Engagement report following the extensive conversations that took place between March – May 2019.

Briefing regarding capital funding – August 2019

Following recent national announcements in relation to funding for NHS capital developments, the CCG have provided this stakeholder briefing. This briefing provides an update regarding the current situation based on the information that the CCG have been given by NHS England regarding what capital funding is available.

The CCG are continuing to communicate with NHS England regarding this and to seek clarification.

Update following Patient and Public Engagement – June 2019

The video below provides a brief recap on the rationale behind the patient and public engagement and what was undertaken as part of this between 27 March – 22 May 2019.

The full engagement report will be published on the this website once all of the feedback received through the public events, online questionnaire responses and wider ‘outreach sessions’ has been analysed. NHS North Durham CCG is currently bringing all of this feedback together with financial and service requirements to help inform preparations for the full formal consultation to further involve patients and the public in this work.


Patient and Public Engagement 27 March – 22 May 2019

At NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group we are looking to improve the delivery of healthcare services in the North West Durham. We currently have a period of public engagement taking place between 27 March – 22 May 2019.

Shotley Bridge Community Hospital (which is owned by NHS Property Services) forms a central part of the health and care services provided to patients in North West Durham. There are however rising costs associated with the building due to its age.

The CCG has committed to ensuring that there remains a facility for providing services in this area for the patients that live locally.

NHS North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group is working with a range of partners to consider how it can ensure services are sustainable for patients in North West Durham, including those currently provided on Shotley Bridge Community Hospital site.

We want to hear from you to help inform the CCG of patients priorities that need to be considered alongside the clinical guidelines and financial information.

Themes from engagement

As part of our commitment to sharing information as part of this process, we have produced a brief summary of the key themes that have been emerging. This document was produced four weeks into the eight week engagement period. It is intended as a snapshot of the common responses that we have hear from people as part of the public events, drop-in sessions across the local area and also through the online questionnaire.

A full, much more detailed report will be produced with all of the information once the engagement period closes on 22 May 2019.

How can I get involved?

You can provide your comments and feedback to the team through a range of methods, listed below.

In person – At a range of public events shown below, we will also be holding a series of ‘pop-up’ stalls at community locations throughout the engagement period to reach out to people where they are. Please note – There is a maximum capacity at each venue for health and safety reasons. We do urge you to inform us if you wish to attend to ensure you have a place available at your preferred event.

New event added – Due to the interest in these events and the conversations, we had now added an additional event on Wednesday 15th May at Wolsingham School. You can book a place at this event online.

Date Time Location Registration
Wednesday 10th April 6-8pm Consett Football Club, DH8 7BF FULLY BOOKED
Thursday 11th April 12-2pm St Cuthbert’s Church Hall, DH8 0NW FULLY BOOKED
Thursday 25th April 11.30am-1.30pm Blackhall Mill Community Centre, NE17 7TL Online registration
Tuesday 30th April 1-3pm Lanchester Community Centre, DH7 0NY Online registration
Wednesday 8th May 1-3pm Burnopfield Community Centre, NE16 7JF Online registration
Thursday 9th May 6-8pm Bishop Ian Ramsey Primary School, DH8 6QN FULLY BOOKED
Wednesday 15th May 6-8pm Wolsingham School, West End, DL13 3DJ Online registration
Thursday 16th May 1-3pm Louisa Centre, DH9 0TE Online registration


Online – You can share your views using our Online Questionnaire

Email – Alternatively you can contact us using a dedicated email address

Phone – 0191 389 8609 (answerphone only)

There will also be presentations at the three local Area Action Partnership Board meetings that fall during the engagement period (NOTE: a presentation was made to the Derwent Valley AAP board on 13 March):

  • Chester-Le-Street AAP Board meeting – Monday 29 April
  • Mid-Durham AAP Board meeting – Wednesday 8 May
  • Stanley AAP Board meeting – Monday 13 May

What are the current scenarios?

There are a range of services that we are looking at as part of this piece of engagement. A summary of these areas can be seen in the ‘one page summary’‘ included. You can find more detailed information about each service, current levels of activity and the scenarios being discussed in the ‘Engagement Document’. We will provide regular updates on this work as it develops which will be added to this page, you can also review the information available in the following documents;

For anyone interested in some of the data that has been used in considering these conversations, you can see this in more detail from the document that was presented to the Durham Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee in February 2019.

We have also produced a series of short animations to outline the situation and current scenario for each of the following services:

  • Chemotherapy animation

  • Diagnostics animation

  • Endoscopy animation

  • Outpatient and Community Clinic appointments animation

  • Rehabilitation beds animation

  • Theatre services animation

  • Urgent Care Services animation