Our Draft Case for Change, which was published in July 2018, sets out the challenges being faced by local hospital services. This included feedback from staff and patients of their current experiences of working in, or using, our hospital services.
By working together across South Tyneside and Sunderland, our aim is to improve patient experiences, address vulnerable service areas and deliver the highest possible quality and safety standards to improve our patient outcomes and deliver clinical excellence in everything we do. We also need to make sure we deliver this within the financial and other resources available to us.
Phase Two of the Path to Excellence is looking at two broad areas of hospital-based care: how we look after people in an emergency or who have an urgent healthcare need and how we look after people who need planned care.
To be clear, the Case for Change is NOT a consultation document, but an update on our thinking so far which is designed to support further staff, patient and public engagement. Feedback gathered on our ‘working ideas’ will be considered as part of the pre-consultation business case to help develop and refine future scenarios to take forward for formal public consultation.
You can take a look at the latest Case for Change document in the Publications section of the website.