‘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 will start on 5th July.

It will run for 14 and a half weeks from Wednesday 5th July until Sunday 15th October, and will focus particularly on areas of hospital care which are delivered at South Tyneside General Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital including:

  • 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.

This period of consultation will include a series of public events and a range of ways for local people to get involved, find out more about the issues under consideration and to give their views.

Local NHS clinical leaders will explain 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 to listen to public feedback about these different proposals.

To find out more about how you can find out more and make sure your voice is heard please visit the dedicated website