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 https://www.durhamdaleseasingtonsedgefieldccg.nhs.uk/consultation-launched-on-proposals-to-change-7-day-access-to-primary-care-services-in-durham-dales-easington-and-sedgefield/?fbclid=IwAR3uja9iVSAbhftB_kgAJIkiWuOx_dvxb54XHFJeTBa7MzDqrFMOzsc0KN8