East Durham residents consulted on proposed changes to primary care services

Members of the public are being invited to have their say on proposals to change seven-day access to primary care services.

NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG has launched a six week formal public consultation on the proposed changes.

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 additional appointments on a weekend.

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 times and dates of those events are shown in the table below. If you wish to attend please register by calling 0191 371 3222.


Sat 17th Nov Weekend 10am-12noon Easington Easington Colliery Club
Wed 21st Nov Daytime 10am-12noon Sedgefield Spennymoor Leisure Centre
Sat 24th Nov Weekend 10am-12noon Durham Dales Wolsingham School
Mon 26th Nov Evening 6pm-8pm Durham Dales GlaxoSmithKline, Barnard Castle
Thu 29th Nov Evening 6pm-8pm Easington East Durham College, Peterlee
Tue 4th Dec Daytime 10am-12noon Durham Dales Bishop Auckland Rugby Club
Thursday 6th December Daytime 10am-12noon Easington Seaham Town Hall
Sat 8th Dec Weekend 10am-12noon Sedgefield Newton Aycliffe Youth Centre
Mon 10th Dec Evening 6pm-8pm Sedgefield Sedgefield Community College, Sedgefield


People can complete an online survey at www.haveasay.org.uk  or if they require a hard copy can collect one from a number of local community venues such as GP practices, libraries and also from NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG who are based at Sedgefield Community Hospital.

Further information is also available on the CCG website www.durhamdaleseasingtonsedgefieldccg.nhs.uk