New Treatment Centre Welcomes Patients as Country Celebrates NHS 70

Health chiefs say that patients will have fewer miles to travel thanks to the opening of a new NHS treatment centre.


Laura Thompson diagnostic Unit Manager with patient Trudy Shickle from Fulwell, Sunderland In the Durham Diagnostics and Treatment Centre.

As the NHS celebrates its 70th anniversary this week, the Durham Treatment Centre (DTC), just outside of Durham City, has welcomed its first patients for urology and renal services and from August for ear, nose and throat, oral and maxillofacial surgery and ophthalmology services.

The DTC will provide a specialist hub for patients in the Durham area who have previously had to travel to Sunderland as well as Bishop Auckland, Shotley Bridge and Sacriston for their care.

It will also see the Trust’s renal dialysis service move from its current premises in University Hospital of North Durham into the new purpose-built environment.

The 2,500sqm facility on Belmont Industrial Estate has been designed to give patients in the local area better access to key specialist services by City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust.

Services will include consultant and nurse-led outpatient clinics and day case surgery in specialities which are provided by City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust including renal medicine, urology, ear, nose and throat treatment, oral and maxillofacial surgery and ophthalmology.

Ken Bremner, Chief Executive of City Hospitals Sunderland and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trusts said: “Our Durham Treatment Centre will improve the way that we provide services to patients in the local area and give them greater choice to access their treatment much closer to home.

“The building has been designed with patients firmly in mind and will provide a much better environment for those who are using our services regularly.

“The aim is to make sure that they are seen and treated quickly, but with the upmost dignity and respect and leave the centre with a great experience of their care at City Hospitals Sunderland. We very much look forward to welcoming patients from the start of July and expanding the range of services that we can offer locally to our Durham patients.

” The build was delivered in partnership with Assura PLC and Ashley House PLC who have overseen the project, working with architects P+HS and Durham-based Esh Build, as well as City Hospitals Sunderland Independent Commercial Enterprises Ltd (CHoICE) - a wholly-owned subsidiary of City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust who will provide ongoing facilities management of the Durham Treatment Centre.

Wayne Carr, director for City Hospitals Independent Commercial Enterprises LTD (CHoICE), said: “The new Durham Treatment Centre provides a first-class environment for local patients in Durham and we are very proud to have helped deliver such an important project.

“CHoICE Facilities Services now look forward to supporting the day-to-day running of the facility and giving the NHS the very best value in the support services we offer.”


Source: David Allison, Sunderland Echo


New Treatment Centre Welcomes Patients as Country Celebrates NHS 70

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