Politicians have given their thumbs up to a new state-of-the-art hospital being built on the outskirts of Cramlington.
Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery and Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell were among four MPs taken on a tour of the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital last week – a year after building work started on site.
They heard how emergency care consultants will work 24/7 and specialists in a range of conditions will also be on site seven days a week.
Mr Campbell said: “The proposals for the building was very impressive, it will be a state-of-the-art building that provides its own energy along with an innovative air conditioning system to the building, which will be a welcome benefit for patients.
“This will be an outstanding hospital made available for my constituents who will receive the best care possible provided by their specialist care teams.”
Mr Lavery added: “It was great to visit the hospital once again to see just how far the build has come on in a relatively short space of time.
“This will be a flagship centre that the people of the area can be justly proud.
“Nobody wants to be in receipt of emergency care but we all want the peace of mind that the very best is available if we need it.
“I look forward to visiting again soon to see further progress.”
The MPs also heard that the diagnostics department will be located within the A&E department making sure specialists get test results quicker allowing them to start treating their patients earlier.
The hospital, which Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust started planning seven years ago, will be the first of its kind in the country dedicated to providing emergency care when it opens in 2015.
Jim Mackey, chief executive of the trust, said: “We started planning for this hospital seven years ago and it is fantastic to see it progressing so quickly now.
“Our local MPs were impressed by the modern building and how their constituents will receive the best care possible by our specialist teams.”
The building is the largest construction project under way in the north east and over the last year more than 400 people have been employed on site and over £40m has gone into the local economy.