First ambulances arrive at new Northumbria hospital

The first ambulances arrive at the new hospital. Picture by John Tuttiett.
The first ambulances arrive at the new hospital. Picture by John Tuttiett.

The countdown is over, and the new purpose built specialist emergency care hospital has opened in south east Northumberland.

At 6am this morning, Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington, opened its doors to the public and start treating patients from across Northumberland and North Tyneside who are seriously ill or injured.

Dr Chris Biggin, clinical director for emergency care for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said it was the culmination of many years’ work by clinicians.

Changes will also take place in emergency care at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s general hospitals in Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck which will become 24-hour walk-in services providing urgent care for less serious conditions.

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