Thousands of jobseekers have applied for 100 jobs at a new hospital due to open this summer in south east Northumberland.
Around 5,000 people attended Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s sessions on Friday and Sunday at Manor Walks Shopping Centre in Cramlington.
They were given the chance to learn more about the jobs for domestic, catering, portering and security staff at the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, which will open on the outskirts of Cramlington in the summer.
Applications for the jobs closed on Monday.
The roles in facilities will help support the running of the purpose-built hospital which will be the first in the country dedicated to providing emergency care, with A&E consultants working 24/7 and consultants in a range of specialities working seven days a week.
Andrea Stoker, general manager at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted we have had more than 2,500 applications for our facilities roles at our new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital when it opens in Cramlington in June.
“This is a phenomenal amount and demonstrates local people’s enthusiasm for our new hospital which will be the first purpose-built hospital of its kind in the country.”
“We would like to thank everyone for their interest and taking the time to apply for the jobs for domestic, catering, portering and security staff,” she added.
“Since the applications opened at the start of the year we have been impressed by people’s response, which included around 5,000 people attending events at Manor Walks, and we look forward to welcoming new members of staff to the team.”
Successful applicants for the facilities jobs will be employed by Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Ltd, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
The new hospital will treat seriously-ill patients from across Northumberland and North Tyneside, enabling them to be seen by the right specialist for their condition quickly which is widely proven to improve clinical outcomes.