Chance to learn more about new hospital

MORE information on proposals to build a specialist emergency care hospital near Cramlington will be on offer at a public meeting next month.

The meeting – to be held at Shankhouse Working Men’s Club in Cramlington from 6pm to 8pm on Monday, May 9 – has been called by Northumberland County Council’s planning and environment committee.

It is currently considering a planning application by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for the hospital, to be sited east of the A189, near the busy Moor Farm roundabout.

The 240-bed hospital, to serve Northumberland and North Tyneside, would treat about 60,000 emergency patients a year.

It would have specialist emergency care doctors on site at all times and other specialists during the day and on call at night.

It is being proposed that there would be intensive care beds for 18 patients, five operating theatres, maternity and special care baby units and a children’s emergency assessment unit.

Most of the eight wards would have single rooms with bathrooms.

Access would be via the B1326 Lamb Street, reached via the A19, A189 and the B1505.

It is estimated there would be an average of 285 arrivals and 89 departures each weekday morning and 153 arrivals and 268 departures every afternoon.

The county’s planning and environment committee decided to call the public meeting as part of the public consultation process about the application.

The plans for the £75m hospital, drawn up by a design team working together with medical staff, have already been amended in response to concerns expressed by neighbours of the site about transport issues and the location of a helicopter landing pad.