New emergency hospital in Northumberland step closer to opening

Matron Ian Joy shows staff around the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.

Matron Ian Joy shows staff around the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.

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A revolutionary new hospital in south east Northumberland which is the first of its kind in the country dedicated to providing emergency care has moved a step closer to opening.

Construction of the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, which has generated scores of jobs and investment in the region over the two-year build, has now been completed and handed over to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The hospital is on track to open in June and the trust is now preparing the building to welcome patients and staff by installing and testing equipment, and carrying out a series of staff training and induction sessions.

The state-of-the-art development is the first purpose-built hospital of its kind in England dedicated to emergency care with emergency care consultants on site 24/7. Consultants in a broad range of conditions will also offer services seven days a week, speeding up specialist care for patients in order to maximise chances of survival and a good recovery.

When the new hospital opens, seriously ill or injured patients from across Northumberland and North Tyneside will arrive by emergency blue light ambulance, be referred by their GP or arrive themselves.

Dr Chris Biggin, emergency medicine consultant and clinical director for emergency care at the Trust, said: “This is a major step forward for our new specialist emergency care hospital and heralds the final stage of development before we open the doors to patients in June.

“It is excellent that after ten years of planning, and two years of construction, that we are able to start kitting out the building with everything we need.”

Visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/emergency for more information.