With any proposed changes to services one of the biggest concerns is travel. We know from conversations with the public both before and during the public consultation that people are concerned about how they will reach hospital services as a result of any future changes.
We know that ambulance service capacity for transferring emergency patients is something that we need to very carefully think about.
The North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust continues to be fully and actively engaged in discussion during Phase Two.
We also know that we need to think about the travel and transport implications for friends family visiting loved ones in hospital.
Our travel and transport ‘stakeholder working group’ is progressing work following feedback from Phase One.
One initiative is looking at new publicity and information summarizing bus and metro links that serve each hospital site including walking routes into sites and increasing the visibility of public transport stops.
You can view the latest reports on travel and transport in the Publications section of this website