Closure of Collingwood Medical Group
Collingwood Medical Group in Blyth has taken the difficult decision to terminate its contract and will no longer provide GP services from December 2018.
The CCG has had to make a decision about what to do to ensure patients have access to health care locally.
After careful consideration of all the available options, we have reluctantly decided that the practice will close permanently and will stop delivering GP services on 30 November 2018.
All patients registered at Collingwood Medical Group should have received a letter from the CCG informing them of this decision and to ask them to begin thinking about registering with an alternative practice in the coming months.
Included in this letter was a list of nearby practices that patients can approach and we also provided answers to some frequently asked questions. You can find copies of these documents below:
How can people get further information
Three drop-in meetings have been arranged for any patients who would like to stop by for a short time to gain further information or raise any concerns in person. These sessions will be attended by the CCG alongside representatives from NHS England, Collingwood Medical Group, Healthwatch Northumberland and the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS).
- Wednesday 4 July, 1pm – 3pm, Blyth Community Enterprise Centre, Ridley Street, Blyth NE24 3AG
- Wednesday 11 July, 2pm – 4pm, Briardale Community Centre, Briardale Road, Blyth NE24 5AN
- Monday 16 July, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, Blyth Community Enterprise Centre, Ridley Street, Blyth NE24 3AG
People can also:
- Contact Healthwatch Northumberland on 03332 408 468 (local call rate) or email email@example.com.
- Contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) at:
Telephone: Freephone 0800 032 02 02
Write: FREEPOST PALS
Text: 01670 511098
- Email comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to: NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group, County Hall, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 2EF
- Leave a reply in the comments box below
Public meeting being held as part of listening exercise to hear views on a possible new integrated hospital development for Berwick
The listening exercise is now closed
A public meeting is being held in Berwick to discuss 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.
The public meeting is being held as part of the ongoing listening exercise which was launched in February to give members of the public the chance to give their views about the potential new integrated development and about the different sites that are available.
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 of a new hospital for people that would be fit for the future and best meet the needs of the population.
“We’re holding a public meeting as part of our listening exercise and would encourage people to come along to listen to the emerging themes and give their views on 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 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 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.”
Details of the public meeting taking place follow:
- Wednesday 2 May, 6.30pm – 8pm, Town Hall, Marygate, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1BN
If you would like more information please contact Melody Price 01670 335185 or email email@example.com. You can also give your views by visiting NHS Northumberland CCG’s website at: www.northumberlandccg.nhs.uk or by following us on twitter