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7 Day Access to Primary Care Services in Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield

Consultation launched on proposals to change 7 Day Access to Primary Care Services in Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield


On Wednesday 7th November 2018, NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG launched a six week formal public consultation on proposals to change 7-day access to Primary Care services.


Commissioners want to talk to the public about proposed changes to the GP ‘hubs’, which are GP Practices or groups of practices working together offering additional appointments after 6pm on weekdays and on weekends.


Following public consultation about urgent care services, the CCG introduced nine new ‘extended primary care hubs’ across the area on 1st April 2017.


It was agreed at the time to review the service after six and 12 months which involved engaging with members of the public and local GPs. The review highlighted that the ‘hubs’ were valued but were significantly underused, with the appointments being made available being double the national requirement.


The CCG wants to hear people’s views about their recommendation to deliver the extended Primary Care service from a reduced number of hubs located in;


- Bishop Auckland (Dales area)

- Spennymoor/Newton Aycliffe and Sedgefield (Sedgefield area)

- Peterlee/Seaham (Easington area)


A number of public consultation events have been arranged, where people can find out more about the plans and have their say. The main one outlined for the Spennymoor AAP area will be on Wed 21st Nov, 10am-12noon at Spennymoor Leisure Centre.


To find out about these events and to have your say please visit

Spennymoor AAP - Priority Survey


Spennymoor AAP - Priority Survey


There are 14 AAPs that cover the whole of County Durham which were set up to give people in County Durham a greater choice and voice in local affairs.  


Across all 14 AAPs, local people are being asked to vote on what priorities they would like to see their AAP work towards.  In order to give as many residents as possible the opportunity to vote on their local priorities, we conducted a countywide survey/campaign.  The last survey was carried out in 2016 and we had just under 8,000 responses from across the county (including the views of over 3,000 secondary school pupils).  As a result of these responses, each AAP was able to work with partners and local organisations to develop a range of projects and schemes to meet the priorities and issues raised by residents. 


During 2017/18, the AAPs allocated over £2.5 million and helped bring into the county over £2.3 million of matched investment to deliver 825 local projects across the county.


In order to ensure local AAPs continue to work towards current and relevant local issues, we would now like to once again hear from you on your issues and priorities.  It is essential that we receive YOUR views on YOUR community, therefore we would like to encourage you, your friends and your family members to complete one of our surveys. 


To vote on your priorities for your area then follow either of the links below:




DCC Consultations

Durham County Council (DCC) want everyone who lives in, works or visits County Durham to help improve their services and influence the decisions they make. One way we do this is by consulting with people on what they think about the services and projects DCC provide.

DCC will consult and involve as many people as possible when reviewing and implementing services. The result will be services that better match the needs of communities.

In order to see the current DCC consulations please check the following DCC Consultations