STRUCTURE: Hyper-acute stroke services would be moved to a single site operated by County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust, under a consultation being run by County Durham and Darlington primary care trusts.

The PCTs - which are working closely together as a cluster - launched a consultation last month.

A briefing document says “hyperacute stroke services [would be] consolidated on one site… At the moment, the service is provided at the University Hospital of North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, which runs both hospitals during normal working hours”. 

It adds: “The two sites work on an alternating week rota between University Hospital North Durham and Darlington Memorial Hospital to provide out of hours cover”.

The proposal is to provide the services at University Hospital of North Durham only.

It has received some opposition, according to local press.