Less than two weeks left to give views on the future of specialist mental health services

Wed 05th March 2014

South Shields residents have less than two weeks left to make their views known about the way mental health services are provided in their borough.

The consultation is being conducted by NHS South Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the body responsible for the planning and buying of local health services, and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (NTW) who are the main providers of the majority of specialist mental health services for the borough.

Many local residents have already given their opinions on the proposals but health chiefs are keen to encourage people to give their views before the consultation closes on 17 March.

The proposals include closing the hospital based specialist mental health in-patient beds on the site of South Tyneside General Hospital. These are the Bede Wing and the Leas (both stand-alone units in the grounds) and ward 18 which is based within the main hospital building. Under the proposals patients will stay at the new purpose- built multi-million pound Hopewood Park Hospital at Ryhope, Sunderland, which is due to open this summer.

Dr David Hambleton, chief officer at NHS South Tyneside CCG, said: “We’ve held three public meetings and had a number of interesting discussions with patients, their carers and families.

“However, we’re keen to hear from as many people as possible so that we can ensure that services are delivered in a way that is right for local people.

“We are committed to enhancing our specialist community mental treatment services to allow more people to be treated either in their own home, or closer to home but we need the views of local people to ensure that’s the right approach for them.“

The public consultation runs until Monday, 17 March. Full information about the proposal, along with ways to feed back views, can be found at


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