Shuttle bus service at hospital

A new shuttle service for people without their own transport to visit family in the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, has been confirmed.

Once the new hospital opens next month, a free daily service will run from all three of its general hospitals in Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck to the new site in Cramlington.

The free service will leave from outside the main entrances at North Tyneside and Wansbeck general hospitals to arrive for visiting hours at the new Northumbria hospital and will make return trips to North Tyneside and Wansbeck general hospitals after visiting.

Dr Chris Biggin, clinical director for emergency care at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Most emergency patients will not stay very long in our new hospital.

“Whilst patients are with us in Cramlington we want to make visiting as easy as possible for their nearest and dearest and our new shuttle service will make this much easier for those without their own transport.”

For those visiting and travelling by car to the new hospital, the trust has also confirmed this week the car parking charge at the Cramlington site will be set as a flat rate of £1 per day.

The new hospital is expected to open in Cramlington in June.