Countdown on for hospital opening

The new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.
The new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.

An opening date for the new Northumbria hospital has been confirmed.

The Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital will open at 6am on Tuesday, June 16.

At the same time, changes will take place in emergency care at the trust’s general hospitals in Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck which will become 24-hour walk-in services providing urgent care for less serious conditions.

Once the new hospital opens its doors to the public, it will treat all seriously ill or injured people from across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Dr Chris Biggin, clinical director for emergency care for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a really important time as we count down towards the opening of our new hospital and the changes that will take place at our general hospitals with the introduction of 24-hour walk-in services providing urgent care.

“Our priority in these coming weeks is to make sure everyone knows about the changes taking place at 6am on 16 June and we have invested in a widespread awareness campaign so that people know where to go for help whether they need urgent care or have a serious emergency.

“This is the culmination of over ten years’ work led by our clinical teams and will mark a historic moment not only for our organisation, our staff and our patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside, but also for the NHS as a whole.”

Visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/emergency for details.

The trust has also organised public drop-in events being held across the trust’s general and community hospitals (main receptions) as follows:

· Monday 1 June – Hexham General Hospital (12pm - 2pm)

· Tuesday 2 June – North Tyneside General Hospital (11.30am – 1.30pm)

· Thursday 4 June – Alnwick Infirmary (1.30pm – 3.30pm)

· Friday 5 June – Wansbeck General Hospital (12pm – 2pm)

· Monday 8 June – Berwick Infirmary (reception at the minor injury unit) (12pm – 2pm)

· Tuesday 9 June – Blyth Community Hospital (11.30am – 1.30pm)

· Friday 12 June – Morpeth NHS Centre (12pm – 2pm)