Hear views on a possible new hospital development for Berwick

People in Berwick and the surrounding area are being reminded to come along to a series of rescheduled listening events being held to gather people’s views on the possibility of a new integrated hospital development.

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.

A listening exercise was launched in February with a series of informal drop in sessions at community venues around Berwick to give members of the public the chance to call by for a short time to give their views about the potential new integrated development and about the different sites that are available.

Now some of these sessions which had to be postponed due to the adverse weather have been rescheduled and the new dates and further details are available below. Further sessions are being rescheduled and details will be published when they are confirmed.

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

Siobhan Brown, the 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.

Georgina Hill, Northumberland County Councillor for Berwick East and a member of the Berwick Regeneration Commission, 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.”

Councillor Cath Homer, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts, Leisure and Tourism, for Northumberland County Council, said: "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 and I'd encourage as many people as possible to get involved with this exercise and have their say over the coming days."

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.”

Details of the drop in sessions taking place follow:
  • Wednesday 14 March, 9am – 4pm, Northumbria Healthcare ‘Join our Journey’ trailer, Berwick Market Place, TD15 1BN
  • Thursday 15 March, 10am – 12pm, Northumbria Healthcare Join our Journey Trailer, Belford Market Square, (outside Blue bell), Market Place, Belford, NE70 7NE
  • Thursday 15 March, 1pm-3pm, Northumbria Healthcare Join our Journey Trailer, Cheviot Centre, Padgepool Place, Wooler, NE71
if you would like to confirm your attendance please contact Melody Price 01670 335185 or email melodyprice@nhs.net. You can also give your views by visiting NHS Northumberland CCG’s website at: www.northumberlandccg.nhs.uk or by following the CCG on twitter  
@NHSNlandCCG or facebook @northumberlandccg
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