‘The Path to Excellence’ public consultation: how we create the best possible improvements for health care in South Tyneside and Sunderland

A consultation to gather public views around the different ways some aspects of NHS hospital services could be arranged in South Tyneside and Sunderland started on 5th July 2017. It ran for 14 and a half weeks until Sunday 15th October, and focussed particularly on areas of hospital care which are delivered at South Tyneside General Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital. This included:

  • Stroke services specifically hospital (acute) care and hospital-based rehabilitation services
  • Maternity services (obstetrics) covering hospital-based birthing facilities i.e. where you would give birth to your baby
  • Women’s services (gynaecology) covering inpatient surgery where you would need an overnight hospital stay
  • Children and young people’s (paediatrics urgent and emergency) services and special care baby units.

The consultation period included a range of activities for people  to find out more about the issues under consideration and to give their views. This included a series of public events, focus groups, and surveys.

Local NHS clinical leaders explained the challenges around the way these services are currently being delivered, the different ways local doctors, nurses and hospital-based therapy staff think these services could be provided both now and in the future, and listened to public feedback about these different proposals.

To find out more about ‘The Path to Excellence’ consultation, please go to the dedicated website: https://pathtoexcellence.org.uk/