Notice served on hospital
MORE THAN 1,000 PATIENTS MUST MOVE TO NEW LOCATION
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.