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Consultants up to the challenge

Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
Consultants up to the challenge

A group of hospital consultants are in training for the gruelling Castles and Islands Challenge to raise money for the new Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington.

It will be the first fundraising event for the hospital and will go towards providing artwork for the new building.

The hospital is one of the first of its kind to be built in the country with Accident and Emergency specialists on site 24/7.    Medical evidence has proved that seeing a specialist on arrival at hospital improves recovery for seriously ill or injured patients.    

The consultants in training will work at the new hospital and they are confident they will provide world class services for the people of North Tyneside and Northumberland.   However, they also believe that the artwork will help patients as they recover from illness or injury.    

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has artwork in all their sites as part of their award winning Healing Arts programme which involves local artists, schools and communities.    

Mike Bradburn, consultant surgeon, Wendy Gregory, Alison Crossley, Mark Weatherhead, Richard Thomson and skipper Chris Haigh will take part in the challenge on the 29th and 30th June. 

They will run from Alnwick Castle and take a cross country route via Warkworth Castle to Amble where they will join their boats to sail around the islands, completing runs around Bamburgh, Lindisfarne and Dunstanburgh Castles before returning to the finish at Amble.   The challenge is to complete the course within 24 hours. 

Mike Bradburn said:“Our patients can be assured that they will receive the best medical care when they come to the new hospital, but the addition of artwork will also help the healing process.   That’s why we decided to do the Castles and Island challenge for Northumbria’s Bright Charity who run the Healing Arts Project. “

Work on the new hospital is expected to start this summer.