STRUCTURE: A public consultation on the centralisation of critical care and emergency medicine services at the University Hospital of North Tees has begun.

The 12 week consultation follows a report by the National Clinical Advisory Team which concluded that providing critical care on two sites was not sustainable in the long term.

It recommended the centralisation of critical care and emergency medicine services as soon as possible.

NHS Hartlepool and Stockton and Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCGs and North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust are now seeking views on plans to move these services from the University Hospital of Hartlepool to the University Hospital of North Tees.