No­tice served on hospi­tal


Sunderland Echo - - News - By James Har­ri­son Lo­cal Democ­racy Re­porter Twit­ter: @sun­der­lan­de­cho

Health bosses are pre­par­ing to move clin­ics for more than 1,000 el­derly pa­tients to a new lo­ca­tion – de­spite hav­ing sur­veyed less than a quar­ter of them.

City Hos­pi­tals Sun­der­land NHS Foun­da­tion Trust (CHSFT) pro­vides out­pa­tient ser­vices for about 1,100 pa­tients from Sun­der­land and South Ty­ne­side at Monkwear­mouth Hospi­tal.

But man­agers now claim they will have to re­lo­cate the clin­ics to Sun­der­land Royal Hospi­tal by the end of the month af­ter be­ing served no­tice by Northum­ber­land, Tyne and Wear NHS Foun­da­tion Trust (NTWFT).

Tom Dodds, City Hos­pi­tals Trust head of plan­ning, told Sun­der­land City Coun­cil’s Health and Well­be­ing Scru­tiny Com­mit­tee: “At var­i­ous points in time there’s been plans for the site. They have now given us for­mal no­tice to get off.”

Ser­vices de­liv­ered at Monkwear­mouth in­clude clin­ics for rheuma­tol­ogy and neu­rol­ogy pa­tients.

Coun Jack Cunningham asked when con­sul­ta­tion on the move be­gan and how many pa­tients had been con­tacted. Mr Dodds said ver­bal sur­veys had started about a month ago – dur­ing which time about 150 had been spo­ken to – about 15% of those af­fected.

How­ever, he claimed the move was un­likely to prove to pro­voke too much op­po­si­tion.

He added trans­fer­ring clin­ics to the Royal could also speed up treat­ments due to the avail­abil­ity of bet­ter di­ag­nos­tic fa­cil­i­ties on the site.

A spokes­woman for NTWFT said no­tice was first served on CHSFT ask­ing it to leave Monkwear­mouth in March 2013.

Monkwear­mouth Hospi­tal in Sun­der­land.

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