Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

People Have Their Say on Hospital Ser Vices; Residents in the Region Have Had Their Say on Proposals to Develop Hospital Services in Northumberland and North Tyneside. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Explains

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

People Have Their Say on Hospital Ser Vices; Residents in the Region Have Had Their Say on Proposals to Develop Hospital Services in Northumberland and North Tyneside. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Explains

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Byline: HELEN RAE

THE local NHS is thanking people in the region for giving their views on proposals to develop hospital ser-vicein Northumberland and North Ty n e s i d e. Over the past three months there has been a far-reaching public consultation on proposals to build a new specialist emergency care hospital for people living in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

NHS North of Tyne which works across three primary care organisations - Northumberland Care Trust, North Tyneside Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Newcastle PCT - carried out the formal consultation which ended on July 28.

Lyn Dixon, executive director of service modernisation for NHS North of Tyne said: "I am very pleased that so many people have taken the time to get involved in this important consultation and given their views on the proposals.

"Over the last three months we have striven to give local people and interested parties as many opportunities as possible to find out more about the proposals and give their views.

"This has included attending over 100 meetings, 24 of which were public meetings and contracting an independent market research company to talk to people independently of the NHS."

Members of the public have been able to give their views on the proposals in a variety of ways including through meetings, via an online questionnaire, telephone interviews and written comments.

Hundreds of people attended the 24 public meetings organised by NHS North of Tyne at venues across Northumberland and North Tyneside and completed a detailed questionnaire about the proposals either online or in paper format. Others took part in a telephone interview.

An independent market research company has been contracted by NHS North of Tyne to provide an objective overview of the feedback.

Lyn added: "We have received a very broad range of comments and I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time and effort to give their views on these proposals.

"We are now in the process of evaluating all of the comments received so that we can prepare a report on the outcome of the consultation for discussion at our next board meeting. …

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