Shotley Bridge Community Hospital - Funding update


Please find below an update from NHS North Durham CCG in relation to the on-going work that is happening regarding Shotley Bridge Community Hospital services and the associated funding in relation to developing plans for the future.


You may be aware that in recent months there has been some uncertainty surrounding the availability and use of capital funding across the NHS. 

Following a number of national announcements on NHS capital funding the CCG has been seeking clarity on the availability of funding which was earmarked for North Durham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in relation to a building solution for services currently delivered from Shotley Bridge Community Hospital.  The CCG must ensure that it has funding in place before consulting with the public on the development of health services in North West Durham. 

We can now confirm that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have told us that following a further discussion with DHSC finance and NHS England/Improvement colleagues that the Shotley Bridge scheme can now be progressed with an identified funding source.

The CCG will now continue to work with NHS Property Services in developing a Pre-Consultation Business Case by the end of the calendar year.  This will then be subject to the usual assurance processes by NHS England and we anticipate following this to formally consult with the public.