Barnard Castle Town Council will be staging a one-day drop-in consultation day to better understand local opinion of the services offered through the town’s Richardson Hospital and to gather evidence of individual experience of accessing and using the services there.
In July, representatives of the Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield Clinical Commissioning Group and the Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust appeared at a Special Council Meeting and were questioned by members of the town, council, Friends of The Richardson Hospital and others about the reduction in bed numbers there and the NHS’s plans for the hospital. They revealed that the future of the Richardson Hospital is being reviewed alongside other community hospitals in County Durham and Darlington. As a result of that meeting, representatives from the town council and the Friends will take part in a ‘Reference Group’ which is being drawn together as part of the review.
Both organisations feel that they need to represent the town’s views and are inviting local people to drop in to the Dawson Room, Woodleigh, on Scar Top between 11:00am and 3:00pm on Saturday 7 October, to share their personal experience, to build up evidence to take into the review.
We would love to hear your experiences of using the Richardson, or not being able to use the Richardson if you have been discharged ‘into the community’ from Darlington, or elsewhere in Durham, or beyond. Were you advised that there are intermediate beds in Barnard Castle, do you know about the range of clinics that are currently delivered from there and have you been able to use any of these?
The town council, the Friends of The Richardson Hospital and others representing Barnard Castle on the reference group want to collate broad, anonymised information about people’s knowledge of the services available and their experience of using these.
We won’t be collecting personal information about individuals or their medical conditions. We just want to build a picture of how well understood the services at the Richardson are, how easy they are to get to and what else people think should be based there, to best serve the needs of Barnard Castle and, more widely, all of Teesdale.
Anyone who wants to help to build evidence for the review can drop in to Woodleigh at any time between 11:00 and 3:00, next Saturday.