Land for site of new hospital is purchased

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PLANS to build a new emergency care hospital near Cramlington have moved a step closer after health bosses bought the site earmarked for the development.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has purchased the 50-acre site near the junction of the A19 and A189 Spine Road near East Cramlington.

They plan to build a new state-of-the-art hospital which will deal with ‘blue light emergencies’ but the proposals have sparked anger among local residents and doctors from hospitals in Newcastle.

But officials at Northumbria Healthcare says the purchase paves the way for work to start on site next year.

Brian Griggs, director of estates and facilities at the trust, said: “We have worked closely with the landowner since the site was identified following rigorous analysis which confirmed there were no alternative sites which were suitable to serve the people of Northumberland and North Tyneside, available or viable.

“We are delighted that the sale has now been completed and it is another step forward for the development which will bring significant health benefits.

“We look forward to starting work on site next year.”

The hospital – part of the trust’s £200m investment to improve healthcare for people in Northumberland and North Tyneside – will be the first in England to have emergency care consultants on site 24-hours a day, seven days a week.