Consultation meetings on hospital services

A protest march held in Northallerton last year over plans to change services at the Friarage, joined by Richmond MP and Foreign Secretary William Hague.

A protest march held in Northallerton last year over plans to change services at the Friarage, joined by Richmond MP and Foreign Secretary William Hague.

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Members of the public are being reminded about consultation meetings taking place on the future of children’s and maternity services at a hospital in Northallerton.

NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is holding the meetings on its proposed changes to the 
service at the Friarage Hospital.

Dr Vicky Pleydell, chief clinical officer for the group, said: “Throughout the consultation we are inviting the public to give their views on the two options we have put forward for children’s and maternity services at the Friarage Hospital.

“There will also be the opportunity for people to suggest alternative solutions which will be considered along with all the other views collected during the consultation period.”

The two options being considered in the consultation, which launched on September 2 and ends on November 25, are:

l Option one: developing a Paediatric Short Stay Assessment Unit (PSSAU) at the Friarage Hospital, continuing to deliver community paediatric nursing and a consultant paediatric outpatient service at the Friarage, investing in a midwifery-led maternity unit (MLU) for women with low-risk births at the hospital, and continuing to provide community midwifery and outpatient services locally.

l Option two: continuing to deliver community paediatric nursing and a consultant paediatric outpatient service at the Friarage Hospital, investing in a midwifery-led maternity unit (MLU) for women with low-risk births at the hospital, and continuing to provide community midwifery and outpatient services locally.

People attending the meeting will have the opportunity to watch a short video explaining the reasons for the proposed changes, hear about the options available and also have the chance to pose 
questions to a panel of CCG and other NHS representatives.

Dr Pleydell said: “Those who are unable to attend a meeting in person can still share their views by completing our online questionnaire. This, along with a host of information materials, can be accessed on our website www.hambletonrichmondshireandwhitbyccg.nhs.uk.”

The first of the nine planned meetings was held in Thirsk last week and attracted a good turnout of local residents eager to have their say.

The next ones take place in our area at:

– lMasham Methodist Church on Thursday, October 3, from 7-8.30pm.

– Bedale Hall on Monday, October 14, from 7-8.30pm.