Health trust set to create around 1,000 new jobs

An artist's impression of the proposed new emergency care hospital planned for East Cramlington.
An artist's impression of the proposed new emergency care hospital planned for East Cramlington.

HUNDREDS of jobs look set to be created in south east Northumberland at a time when some companies are looking at closing their doors.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation are the latest organisation to support the Northeast Press ‘Keep Northumberland Working’ campaign at a time when the trust is looking to expand and improve.

Trust bosses are currently overseeing a £200m investment programme to improve healthcare for people in Northumberland and North Tyneside by refurbishing existing hospitals and building a new emergency care hospital near East Cramlington.

The new hospital, near the junction of the A19 and A189 Spine Road, could bring an estimated 1,000 jobs during the construction process while around £3m a month could be pumped into the local economy as a knock-on effect.

Construction is expected to take two years, with trust bosses saying they are committed to using local companies and suppliers wherever possible.

Trust chief executive Jim Mackey said: “Alongside the health benefits, this represents a major investment for the area and we are committed to ensuring that as much of this investment goes to local businesses where possible.

“This is a much-needed boost for the construction industry and we anticipate that around 1,000 people will be employed across the lifetime of the build.”

Additional jobs will also be created for nurses, administration and other sectors in the new hospital.

The proposed state-of-the-art hospital near Cramlington would be the first of its kind in the country, offering emergency care on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week with specialist experienced in all the main clinical conditions on duty.

Plans have been drawn up to rebuild Berwick Infirmary while a separate application is to be submitted for an integrated health and social care scheme in Haltwhistle.

And additional work will take place at Wansbeck General Hospital to improve services, facilities and wards for patients.