STRUCTURE: County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust will axe its routine surgery for aneurysms with patients having to travel to the University of North Durham hospital for treatment.

The move is included in NHS County Durham and Darlington’s decision to centralise acute stroke services.

Dr Robin Mitchell, medical director at the County Durham and Darlington Hospital Trust, said planned aneurysm surgery was being centralised to improve patient safety.

He said that the move partly reflected the fact that four vascular surgeons were based at Durham compared with a single part-time vascular specialist at Darlington.

“Because the numbers involved are very small, the impact on the overall population is not expected to be very great,” he added.