Ward 6 Consultation

Public consultation, 7 October – 12 December 2019

Patients are to be offered the opportunity to get back into their own homes sooner with a proposal to increase hospital rehabilitation support.

NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), North Durham CCG and Darlington CCG have launched a ten-week public consultation to review the services on Ward 6 and inpatient rehabilitation services at Bishop Auckland Hospital.

The 24-bed ward currently delivers nurse- led step down care for patients, many of who are medically well but unable to return home immediately.

The existing Ward 6 service provides limited therapy input and is not a specific rehabilitation facility. Beds on Ward 6 have been used for patients waiting for packages of care or other assessments to assist them before they return home.

Following a review of services, a clinically based proposal has been put forward by the CCG which is:

  • To re-provide a specific nurse-led rehabilitation ward, offering patients dedicated therapy support on Ward 17 at Bishop Auckland Hospital to help them leave hospital sooner and get back to where they live

The other option included in the consultation is to not make any changes to the existing provision and keep the service as it currently is.

Have your say

There are a number of ways that you will be able to contribute to the discussions as part of the consultation.


An electronic version of the questionnaire is available for you to complete to share your thoughts and views regarding the options presented in the consultation.

Getting in touch with us

You can share your thoughts and comments by getting in touch with the CCG directly through either using the contact email address and answerphone shown below. You can also use these details to register for the public events

Email – my.view@nhs.net

Answerphone – 0191 389 8609

In person

As part of the consultation we will be holding four public events. These will be 2 hour meetings providing opportunities for you to hear presentations from the CCG and Foundation Trust about the options presented and to share your views. To help us support the events effectively, please use the online link included in the table below (or the contact details above) to inform us which event you are looking to attend.

We will also be coming out into the community to visit market days, leisure centres and community groups to be able to speak to people directly where they are.

Saturday November 9th10am - 12pmThe Music Hall, The Witham, Barnard Castle, DL12 8LY
Tuesday November 12th1pm - 3pmSt Augustine Parish Centre, Larchfield Street, Darlington, DL3 7TG

Thursday November 14th6pm - 8pmHeritage Park, Stadium Way, St Helen Auckland, Bishop Auckland DL14 9AE

Thursday November 28th10am - 12pmGreat Hall, Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ


Ward 6 consultation document

Ward 6 consultation summary

Healthwatch Engagement Report – Ward 6 Bishop Auckland Hospital

Inpatient Rehabilitation Business Case Proposal

Ward 6 Frequently Asked Questions

Ward 6 Stakeholder Briefing