Specialist emergency hospital site takes shape

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WORK is in full flow on the new hospital being built near Cramlington.

Aerial pictures taken this week show the structural frame of the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital emerging from the ground on the site alongside the A189 at Cramlington.

Despite the recent bad weather, main contractors Lend Lease said work is progressing well as earthwork operations start to reveal the footprint of the new facility.

Two of the three tower cranes are now on site and the third is expected in June.

When the new custom-build hospital, the first of its kind in England, opens in 2015, emergency care specialists will be working 24/7 treating patients with serious conditions needing hospital admission.

Patients will still be treated for less serious conditions in walk-in A&E departments at their local hospitals in Wansbeck, North Tyneside and Hexham general hospitals.

The majority of the workforce on the construction project are from the local area.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Lend Lease said they were committed to employing local people wherever possible.

Birju Rana, project director for the new hospital, said: “Lend Lease has done a fantastic job during some of the worst weather this winter to keep this project on track, and it is exciting to see the concrete structure of the hospital now starting to take shape.”

The hospital will be the first in England to have emergency care consultants on site round the clock.