Our general hospitals will continue to be busy hospitals treating the majority of our patients. They will provide:
- Treatment for patients coming into hospital for planned treatment, procedures and operations.
- Diagnostic tests, scans and procedure.
- Care for those patients returning from the new specialist emergency care hospital.
- Provide A&E walk-in services for non life-threatening illnesses or conditions.
- Oncology (cancer) treatment.
- Outpatient clinics.
There will be a range of new services developed with local GPs and local authorities.
The new specialist emergency care hospital will give us space to improve North Tyneside and Wansbeck general hospitals. Facilities on wards will be improved to provide patients with greater privacy and dignity, with bathrooms in bays and en-suite single rooms. This will also help with infection prevention and control. Hexham General is a new modern hospital so doesn’t need refurbishment; it already has mostly single rooms with bathrooms.
Services at our community hospitals
Minor injuries units will not be affected by the new specialist emergency care hospital, they will continue to treat the same patients they do now.
Community hospitals will also continue to provide the range of services they do now however, where possible, we will be increasing the range of services for patients.
We will continue to transfer patients to community hospitals for care after treatment at the new hospital.