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More information on Shotley Bridge Hospital

by Owen Temple on 23 January, 2017

After my last post, expecting Ward 2 at Shotley Hospital to re-open in February after repair work is completed in January, I went away on holiday. I was therefore very disappointed to come back to a newspaper article in which a Foundation Trust spokesperson failed to confirm this, but was reported as saying the trust […]

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Shotley Hospital Ward should reopen in February

by Owen Temple on 6 January, 2017

That’s the good news I got from a health scrutiny meeting this morning, directly from the Chief Executive of the County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust. In response to my question she told me that the “owners” of the hospital, NHS Property Services Limited, had told her that their contractors should finish the remedial work they […]

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Be Very Afraid

by Owen Temple on 10 November, 2016

After the last-minute, and deliberately obscured, transfer of North Durham patients from NHS planning with Teesside and Darlington, into a new planning process around the Tyne, Wear and Northumberland area, North Durham patients have every reason to fear for their hospital services. These new plans, called Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STP), are designed to create […]

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FOOTPRINTS march for the NHS

by Owen Temple on 4 October, 2016

You don’t have to be a member of any particular political grouping to be a supporter of the NHS and the principle that, whilst highly specialised services may need to be located in centralised hospitals, more general care needs to be based as close as possible to people’s homes. That’s why I’ll be joining the FOOTPRINTS […]

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Lock-down at County Hall

by Owen Temple on 28 September, 2016

Last Wednesday at County Hall a journalist asked me if I would like to comment on a decision, as she put it, to privatise a part of the local council’s social care provision. I couldn’t. I didn’t know whether it was true, or what had happened behind closed doors at a meeting of the county […]

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Wellbeing for Life Survey

by Owen Temple on 15 September, 2016

  Some of you will know this logo. Others won’t. In a nutshell its self-description is “FREE service supporting you to live well in County Durham.” You could help them (and me) know how they (and we) are doing by completing their survey at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/R6ZH8/ (applicable only to those of us who live in the North of […]

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Small impacts

by Owen Temple on 8 July, 2016

As a councillor there is enough beating of one’s head against a wall to make even small impacts rewarding. Today, as expected, the Mental Health Trust for our area made its decision on provision for elderly sufferers from severe dementia, sufferers whose behaviours are so challenging that they cannot be catered for outside of hospital. The decision […]

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Macho politics can damage people’s health

by Owen Temple on 16 March, 2016

I went to Cabinet today to ask them to extend the secondment of an Occupational Therapist to the Care Connect Team. The current secondment is due to finish in August. It doesn’t sound much, but it’s critical. Cabinet has decided to introduce a charge for thousands of frail and vulnerable people who were previously getting this emergency […]

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Watch out for a new threat to Shotley Bridge Hospital

by Owen Temple on 24 January, 2015

I got a shock at the last Health Committee Meeting at Durham. There was a report about breast cancer clinics which seemed to be saying that for “first contact” breast cancer clinics – the first meeting with a consultant for people who had been referred and urgently need to be seen within a two week […]

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Anonymous email

by Owen Temple on 12 May, 2014

“You might want to ask the relevant authorities what plans they have to downgrade services at Shotley Bridge Hospital”. That was the email I received last week, and I guess it was referring to the proposals raised at this morning’s Adults, Wellbeing and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee today under a “Review of Urgent Care services […]

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