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To: Darlington Clinical Commissioning Group

Save Accident and Emergency in Darlington

Save Accident and Emergency in Darlington

We the undersigned object to any proposal to close the Accident and Emergency Facilities at Darlington Memorial Hospital. We call on the local NHS Trusts to re-open facilities at Bishop Auckland and Hartlepool as existing A and E Departments are unable to cope.

Why is this important?

There are 181 Accident and Emergency Departments in England and Wales. There is a plan to reduce that number to only 70 Major Emergency Departments. There may be as few as 40. This plan must be stopped. We must keep all of our A and Es..Darlington is in danger of losing the Accident and Emergency Department designation.

How it will be delivered

Deliver in person and stage a press conference.


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Reasons for signing

  • I've signed this petition because Darlington A&E is 1 of the closest A&E departments to where I live. I've used their services several times because nowhere else could help. How are those that need those services of medical staff at this A&E department suppose to get the help if it closes?
  • I signed because how do you expect pregnant women, when in labour, to travel out of town to give birth? How do you expect the pensioners to travel that far to get to the nearest hospital. In my eyes its a bit stupid that they are considering closing a hospital
  • I had a fall in December, thanks to the instinct of an A&E Nurse I eventually got an MRI and a diagnosis of a fractured tibia. Rehab has been tough but the process wasn’t- A&E at darlo was efficient beyond belief and the follow ups have been thorough. I would hate for us to lose this vital facility.


2018-01-14 05:23:06 +0000

With the 1500 names on the paper petition, the total of the petition now exceeds 12,000 signatures. Can you help please by posting the link to any facebook page you may have?

2017-12-30 06:41:27 +0000

The 10,000 on line signatures landmark was reached sometime on 29th Dec 2017. What a great Christmas Present that was. Thank you. We have almost 1500 signatures on paper too thanks mostly to shop workers and shop owners in Cleveland Terrace and Pierremont Crescent Darlington. So the combined total is now over 11,500 signatures.

2017-12-29 11:42:46 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2017-12-14 00:24:47 +0000

2017-10-25 06:22:53 +0100

We are heading towards 9000 signatures. With a great team effort promoting the petition through facebook we will get there in no time. Keep posting the link where ever you can.

2017-01-30 20:03:46 +0000

The milestone of 6000 on line signatures was achieved this weekend. We have another 1000 names on paper. This is an amazing success. We all know we can go on.

2017-01-15 21:57:39 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2014-10-02 14:07:23 +0100

Thank you to everyone who has signed the petition. We achieved our target and we achieved our objective of raising a very important issue. A legal challenge in the courts is all that can stop this change.

2014-09-29 09:31:18 +0100

Please remember we have 1500 names as well on a traditional paper petition. You should add 1500 names to the running total on this site.

2014-09-29 07:27:12 +0100

I hope these people are going to explain the difference between an A and E and an Emergency Department. They are the ones who put the whopping great four foot high signs above the door.

2014-09-29 07:10:33 +0100

If you google Sir Bruce Keogh up pop references to Lord Darzi. Lord Darzi was responsible for a report which dealt with the closure of A and E at Hartlepool.

2014-09-29 06:37:38 +0100

Please look at pg 9 of the document Right First Time 24/7 on the County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust website. Described there is a two tier system a summary of Sir Bruce Keogh's proposals..

2014-09-28 09:59:08 +0100

I have been to Stockton this morning and the all the signs there are saying Accident and Emergency. I cannot find a sign there either which says Emergency Department. Here 's hoping when the new hospital opens at Wynyard they have a full A and E for local people.

2014-09-28 05:29:36 +0100

Please remember we have 1500 names on a paper petition already so when looking at the running total on line you should also add 1500 to it.

2014-09-27 22:53:55 +0100

We have one sign only on one of our many routes into Darlington. There are no signs using the words Accident and Emergency or the symbols A and E on or in the hospital grounds I can find. Shouldn't we be advertising the presence of an A and E Department just as they do in neighbouring towns? Why is the department at Darlington called an Emergency Department not an A and E?

2014-09-27 22:44:57 +0100

When you drive into Durham City or Northallerton there are signs saying Hospital A and E on roundabouts and at junctions surrounding the access routes to the Hospital and the words Accident and Emergency Department appear on the billboards at the hospital, not just Emergency but Accident and Emergency. So why is that? Unless you read Sir Bruce Keogh's proposals in a trust document on page 9 of Right First Time 24/7 on the County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust website the significance of the name Emergency Department might be lost on you.

2014-09-27 22:31:51 +0100

Thank you. It has been really great of you all to more than triple the size of the original paper petition of 1500 names in four days. After a search of Darlington I have found only one sign which says H A&E. It is just before the roundabout outside Bondgate Methodists at the back of what was Route 66. Can anyone else find any others in Darlington? The words Accident and Emergency appear no where I can find on any sign, but are on the NHS website referring to Darlington. At the hospital there are signs saying Emergency Department. Google earth suggests the signs have been at the hospital since 2012. Read page 9 of the document Right First Time 24/7 on the County Durham and Darlington NHSTrust website to see the words Emergency Department are used by Sir Bruce Keogh's in his proposals to mean something less than a full service. .

2014-09-27 11:39:17 +0100

TV reporters are looking for human interest stories and want people to come forward with their own experiences of how the A and E services saved them in the past. Please include your contact details when you message me so I can put you in touch with the TV people.

2014-09-27 11:36:37 +0100

I am delighted to report Northallerton still have there A and E signs up this morning. I hope they continue to enjoy an A and E service.

2014-09-27 08:25:24 +0100

Are there any civil litigation lawyers out there who are prepared to take the case on pro bono (ie for free) get into court this week and try and get us an injunction?

2014-09-27 08:23:25 +0100

I am just going to check what is happening at Northallerton by taking a drive down there too. I will see what their A and E signs say now.

2014-09-27 08:04:27 +0100

I have been to check at Durham Hospital this morning. They still have Accident and Emergency signs up there. Here in Darlington signs just saying Emergency have appeared . If you read page 9 of Right First Time 24/7 on the County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust website it tells you the difference.

2014-09-26 16:56:25 +0100

Tyne Tees TV are looking for human interest stories to broadcast from people who can comke forward and say how their lives were saved by Darlington A and E. They want the stories to go out on Monday or Tuesday of next week.

2014-09-26 16:54:47 +0100

We are looking for a pro bono civil litigation lawyer who takes Administrative Law Natural Justice and Human Rights cases to challenge the decision in the courts and hopefully get an injunction asap. We also need a person to bring the case as client such as a pensioner living on benefits who does not own their own home and has no savings or assets to lose if costs go against them.

2014-09-25 05:46:52 +0100

We have a paper petition already which 1500 people have signed. Please tell your family and friends about this issue please. This is a nationwide problem. We must stop these proposals to reduce the number of A and Es across the country. Those in power are planning to rename A and Es Major Emergency Departments and rename Walk In Centres Emergency Departments. They hope you will not notice the difference.

2014-09-24 14:10:21 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2014-09-24 09:41:56 +0100

500 signatures reached

2014-09-23 23:56:15 +0100

If you search Keogh's name on line you will also find references to Darzi. It was a report by Darzi which proposed the closure of A and E at Hartlepool 14 years ago. Locals in Hartlepool managed to keep their A and E open 11 years by running protests like this. Public protest works.

2014-09-23 23:43:45 +0100

It is only when you know, there are 181 A and E Departments in England at present, that the full implications of these proposals to reduce them to between 40 to 70 begin to hit home. More than half of our A and E Departments are going to be closed. Maybe as many as 4 out of every 5 A and E Departments are going to close. The scale is shocking and breathtaking.

2014-09-23 23:40:10 +0100

100 signatures reached

2014-09-23 22:04:20 +0100

50 signatures reached

2014-09-23 21:04:14 +0100

25 signatures reached

2014-09-23 20:47:39 +0100

10 signatures reached

2014-09-22 08:05:27 +0100

We have already collected 1500 names by asking people to sign a paper petition, but not everybody is able to do that so we have decided to take this on line.