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County Durham and Darlington NHS FT

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On the 1 April 2011, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust came together with Community Services to form a new integrated health care organisation delivering integrated acute and community health services to patients committed to providing quality care along the whole pathway; at home, in the community and in hospital.


We provide services from three main hospital sites, six community hospitals, and around 80 locations across the area – plus the care delivered at home.

Our range of services covers hospital based emergency and planned care, including surgery, medical treatment for serious and life-threatening conditions, paediatrics and women services, community based services for long term conditions like diabetes or respiratory illness; and health and well-being services to improve health and prevent illness, such as smoking cessation and alcohol reduction.

We provide acute services, for the most seriously ill or injured patients through our Accident & Emergency departments at Darlington Memorial and University Hospital of North Durham. Planned patient care, rehabilitation and recovery, and an urgent care centre are provided at Bishop Auckland Hospital. Outpatient and diagnostic facilities are provided at all these sites.

We aim to treat patients as close to home as possible so provide outpatient and community facilities, including inpatients and day care at six community hospitals.

Centralisation of hyper-acute stroke services on a single site, at University Hospital of North Durham allow us to improve emergency stroke care during the first 72 hours and a specialist bariatric service is offered at Darlington.

University Hospital of North Durham has 366 beds and provides a wide range of acute specialties including Accident & Emergency, Anaesthetics and ITU, General Medicine, General and Vascular Surgery, Urology (Day case only), Orthopaedics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Rheumatology, Dermatology and Genito-Urinary Medicine. Additional out-patient facilities exist for ENT, Nephrology, Neurology, Radiotherapy/Oncology, Ophthalmology, Oral Surgery and Plastic Surgery.  Clinical support departments of Imaging (including PACS digital radiology, CT, MRI and ultrasound), Coronary Angiography, Medical Physics, Pathology, Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions are all on site.

Durham now provides a hyper-acute stroke unit, supporting 24/7 emergency stroke care, including administration of thrombolysis where appropriate, on a sustainable basis

The Hospital was built under the Private Finance Initiative and opened in 2001, replacing the former Dryburn Hospital that has been demolished. It serves a population of c250,000. For Plastic Surgery and Dermatology the population served is c750,000, covering Sunderland and South Tyneside as well.


Bishop Auckland Hospital is a centre for planned care for a population of approximately 120,000 people across County Durham and Darlington.

It provides a specialist rehabilitation centre including stroke rehabilitation with high quality facilities, highly skilled nursing staff and experienced therapists. It is a centre of excellence in low-risk hip and knee replacement operations and a range of outpatient and diagnostics is also provided for local patients.

Further services include a cataract centre and eye care unit delivering a range of ophthalmology outpatient services including cataract surgery and a midwifery led birth centre.


Darlington Memorial Hospital provides acute services to Darlington and South Durham and some specialised services to North Yorkshire.  The hospital has 289 beds and provides a wide range of services; Accident & Emergency, Anaesthetics and ITU, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, ENT, Ophthalmology, General Surgery, Urology, Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgery, General Medicine, Rheumatology, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Genito-Urinary Medicine. Additional out-patient facilities exist for Dermatology, Plastic Surgery, Neurology and oncology.

Since October 2011, Darlington has offered a specialist Bariatric surgery service for people with serious weight problems. With the additional skills of a specialist bariatric Consultant, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust is able to offer a full range of weight loss surgery at the hospital including Gastric banding, Gastric bypass and Sleeve gastrectomy.

The Memorial Hospital building dates from the 1970s. It serves a population of c125,000. For ENT and Ophthalmology the population served is c330,000, covering Darlington, Bishop Auckland and North Yorkshire.


Chester le Street Hospital is 5 miles north of Durham. It has 1 ward of 24 beds providing rehabilitation services.  There is also a day hospital with capacity for 15 patients. Within the bed complement there are up to 5 respite care beds for physically disabled patients. The hospital holds outpatient clinics provided by Consultants from the University Hospital; radiological and ultrasound services on site are linked to the PACS at the University Hospital.  The hospital was opened in November 2003 as a Private Finance Initiative funded scheme.

Shotley Bridge Hospital is located one mile from Consett in Shotley Bridge village, 14 miles from Durham City. It provides inpatient facilities for Care of the Elderly, a day hospital for the elderly and a Minor Injuries Unit.  There is also a Day Surgery Unit on site.  Full outpatient services, including General Medicine and Cardiology are provided, with non-invasive cardiological investigation, Radiology and Ultrasound on site.  Inpatient facilities for Mental Health are provided on site by another NHS Trust.

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