Paramedics given a tour of hospital

Paramedics from the region have been given an inside look of the new emergency hospital near Cramlington which opens next month.

Emergency care staff from North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (NEAS) have had their first look inside the country’s first purpose-built dedicated emergency care hospital.

Paramedics Dean Common, Elaine Office, Lee Collis, Richard Ilderton, Sharon Monaghan and emergency care assistant Neil Cuthbertson were the first to be shown around the state-of-the-art emergency department where they will soon be bringing the most seriously ill or injured patients from across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The emergency care staff from North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust took time out whilst off duty for the visit and were joined by non-executive director of NEAS Peter Wood.

The new Northumbria hospital has an ambulance deck with room for multiple emergency vehicles at any one time.

There is also a helipad, purposely located close to the ambulance entrance of the new facility so that paramedics will be able to transfer patients quickly into the main emergency department hub.

Ambulance paramedic Sharon Monaghan said: “I was really impressed with the sheer scale of the ambulance deck area and the entrance into the main emergency department.

“And it certainly has the wow factor and there are plenty of spaces for ambulances, which will make things much easier.”