Listening exercise rescheduled events being held to hear views on a possible new integrated hospital development for Berwick

People in Berwick and the surrounding area are being reminded to come along to two 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 the last sessions which had to be postponed due to the adverse weather have been rescheduled and the new dates and further details are available below.

Following the engagement events the CCG will collate the emerging themes and then plans to hold a public meeting after Easter to give the people of Berwick a further opportunity to comment. Further details will be shared when arrangements are finalised.

Details of the rescheduled drop in sessions taking place follow: 

  • Saturday 24 March, 11am – 12.30pm, Tweedmouth Church Hall, Church Road, Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 2AJ.
  • Saturday 24 March, 1.30pm – 3pm United Reformed Church, Main Street, Spittal, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1QY.

Details of this week’s 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 6BL

If you would like more information 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 us on twitter @NHSNlandCCG or facebook @northumberlandccg

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17 Responses to Listening exercise rescheduled events being held to hear views on a possible new integrated hospital development for Berwick

  1. Diane Robertson

    Berwick needs a hospital I don’t have a problem with services being put together but the leisure centre shouldn’t be included we need services in Berwick. The distance we have to travel for some appointments that can last just 10 minutes is unacceptable.

    • Northumberland CCG

      Thank you for your comment. This will be included in our engagement feedback report which we are producing at the end of the listening exercise and will be made public once finalised. A copy will be available on this website.

  2. Sonia Cooper

    We need to keep the full maternity unit we have already (without which I would have both children along a1.
    Minor injuries, wards, chemo physio outpatients all necessary. Please do not cut our services. We should keep the same services as Alnwick. Cramlington is too far to get to in the golden hour. If you have sick family esp young children local services are so very important.

    • NHS Northumberland CCG

      Your feedback is appreciated and will be included in our engagement feedback report which we are producing at the end of the listening exercise. This will be made public once finalised and a copy will be available on this website.

  3. Cllr Brian Douglas

    Why are people in Belford being consulted when ill patients from Haggerston South are being directed to Belford doctors and cannot be placed nearer home IE Berwick. Then told no Vacancies!
    Likewise in Wooler patients are being sent down the road rather than sent to Berwick
    The only legitimate excuse is when a patient requires specialised services that cannot be provided in Berwick
    Working on the radius of Berwick on the English side of the Border A1 south 7 miles and west towards Wooler probably 7 miles again.
    Morpeth seems to have gained a state of the art Hospital along with Cramlington the Community Hospital promises have not been kept and sorry to say Berwick has been turned into almost a Geriatric Hospital from 115 beds to almost 30 since we became Trusts.

    • NHS Northumberland CCG

      Thank you for your comments which will be included in our engagement feedback report which we are producing at the end of the listening exercise and will be made public once finalised. A copy will be available on this website.

  4. Sonia Cooper

    After looking at the plans I preferred the location for hospital closest to East Ord. Whatever the decision we need assurances that no services will be lost, not only to the hospital and maternity unit but also the sports centre as it is essential we keep the swimming and Gym etc there.
    Many thanks

    • NHS Northumberland CCG

      Your feedback is appreciated. This will be included in our engagement feedback report which we are producing at the end of the listening exercise and will be made public once finalised. A copy will be available on this website.

  5. Diane

    Why can’t the hospital we have now be upgraded ? It would be easier than moving and most people of this town would welcome that if it was put forward.

    • NHS Northumberland CCG

      Thank you for your comment. This will be included in our engagement feedback report which we are producing at the end of the listening exercise and will be made public once finalised. A copy will be available on this website.

  6. Douglas Ewart

    I had no idea until I saw this evening’s ITV North East news, that there was any consultation on the future of hospital services in Berwick. I cannot drive, because of a current health condition, so getting to any of the drop in sessions is out of the question, and would prefer to express my views via the internet. Is this possible?

    • NHS Northumberland CCG

      Thank you for your inquiry. If you visit our ‘Contact Us’ page on this website you can send us your comments which we will include in our engagement feedback report.

  7. Yvonne taylor

    You should be ashamed of yourself try 120 mile round trip when your not well and dont forget 13 suicides in less tyan 2 years because there is nowhere for anyone in crisis

  8. Katie Scott

    The Save Rothbury Community Hospital Campaign Team urge Berwick residents to make your voice heard – keep talking to the CCG – tell them what you need.
    However, they did not listen to us in Rothbury, even though over 5000 people signed petitions to say we need the beds, even though Northumberland Scrutiny Committee referred the matter to the Department of Health and Social Care.
    Keep up your noise – keep telling them what you need.
    Please sign our petition if you haven’t already done so:https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-rothbury-hospital-from-closure
    Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaveRothburyCottageHospital/

  9. Jen mclean

    Please visit Berwivk Deserves Better Facebook Page
    We have over 70 local people commenting on their experiences in regard to lack of services in Berwivk. Many of these relate to the removal of services, the distances travelled for assessments/ dsy Surgery procedures and 10 minute appointments. The comments come from real people facing real frustrations and worries for their families future

    The Listening Roadshow in our town had no mention of New Hospital on it?
    On offer is three new locations without mention of the present Berwick Hopital site. Plans were drawn up and all consultations carried out. It’s literally prepped and ready for its 25 Million promised rebuild.
    It’s wotyh mentioning that the latest idea of a ‘hybrid’ hospital will be the first of its kind in the Uk.
    https://www.facebook.com/BerwickDB/posts/1850370508336123

  10. Jen mclean

    A survey conducted by Berwick Deserves Better returned 427 results
    67 percent choosing the present Hospital as their preferred site.
    Roadshow engagement results in Belford and Wooler should not be propping up NCC /CCG preferred sites
    Because they don’t use Berwicks Hospital Services. ( only one or two access MIU )
    I would be grateful if you would advise who to send the survey results to ?
    Stephen Young ( Corporate Affairs) did say the survey results etc would be helpful and that there would not be and cut off /conclusion dates for opinions etc
    Thank you.. jen mclean

  11. Jen mclean

    As yet we have not seen the conclusions from the engagement days, the 120 forwarded patient experiences or the BDB survey
    You have said a copy is on this site??

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