Highs of hospital progress pictured

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A company is helping provide a bird’s eye view of progress being made to develop a new state-of-the-art hospital.

North east-based aerial photography company, Airfotos, has been commissioned to document each step of the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital’s construction.

They were appointed in 2013 by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to document the development of the new hospital in Cramlington.

Photographers have been taking aerial pictures of the site every three months, with the latest batch in October showing the hospital’s construction nearly complete.

Airfotos customer account manager, Lucille Patrick, said: “Specialist progress photography is one of the key services we provide so we were delighted to be appointed to photograph the new hospital, which is just down the road from our Annitsford headquarters.

“The team has enjoyed being involved with such an exciting project – right on our doorstep – which is leading the way in emergency care and is due to provide a significant boost for the local economy and local people. With our prime view from the sky it has been incredible to see it develop from a brownfield site to what it is now.

“We’re looking forward to flying over for the last couple of times and sharing our aerial photography of the finished hospital.”

David Evans, medical director at the trust, said: “Our Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital heralds a new era in emergency care and as the first purpose-built hospital of its kind in the country, we wanted its construction to be documented throughout.

“As can be seen, building of the hospital at Cramlington continues to progress well and we remain on course to open in June.

“The new hospital, which has been endorsed by Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS in England, will treat seriously ill patients from across Northumberland and North Tyneside, enabling them to be seen by the right specialist for their condition quickly which is widely proven to improve clinical outcomes.

“People with less serious conditions will continue to receive urgent care at walk-in A&E services at our general hospitals at Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck.”