Whalton Unit, Morpeth
People in Morpeth and the surrounding area are being given the opportunity to have their say about the temporary relocation of the Whalton Unit to Wansbeck General Hospital. NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, is holding public drop-in sessions in Morpeth and carrying out independent research to find out the community’s views.
Public drop in sessions
11 September: Corn Exchange, Morpeth Town Hall, 10am – 2pm
11 September: Corn Exchange, Morpeth Town Hall, 4pm – 7pm
12 September: Morpeth NHS Centre, 10am – 12pm
13 September: Morpeth Leisure Centre, 11am – 1pm
24 September: Morpeth Leisure Centre, 10am – 12pm
26 September: Morpeth NHS Centre, 12.30pm – 2.30pm
1 October: Wansbeck General Hospital, main reception 10am – 11am, south entrance 12pm – 1pm
3 October: Corn Exchange, Morpeth Town Hall, 3pm – 7pm
People are also able to complete an online survey
The Whalton Unit provides specialist care and rehabilitation for residents, predominantly frail older patients. It was temporarily relocated from Morpeth to Wansbeck hospital in December 2018 due to nurse staffing issues and an expected increase in activity over the winter period.
This decision was reviewed in April 2019 by the trust and there was an agreement to extend the temporary location pending an updated report to enable a longer timeline for the impact analysis, with a specific focus on the experience of patients.
Prior to making any long term recommendations the CCG and the trust have agreed to this programme of public engagement and independent research to understand the views of the local population in more detail. The findings from both the independent research and engagement activity will be collated and shared with the Northumberland Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee in November.