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Emergency care consultants recruited

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Emergency care consultants recruited

Four new emergency medicine consultants have been recruited to boost the specialist teams in preparation for working in the new Specialist Emergency Care Hospital. 

The new recruits will bring the total number of emergency medicine specialists in the Trust to seventeen.

Two of the consultants, Mark Harrison and Clare Parker will be joining the emergency medicine team at Wansbeck General Hospital.   Mike Rickards and Jo Hughes will work at North Tyneside General Hospital. 

They are part of the £4 million investment by the Trust to recruit more doctors and nurses to help with the increase in patients coming through the doors of emergency care in Northumbria’s hospitals.

Last year saw an unprecedented rise in the number of people attending the Trust’s emergency care departments as some of the worst winter weather for over 30 years hit the region.

Medical evidence has shown that speedy access to a specialist improves outcomes for patients.  The increase in medical staffing means that clinical teams can start to plan and implement a whole system change with emergency care consultants working 24/7 seeing and treating patients as they arrive.

Other consultants appointed recently are Honey Thomas and Paul Davison, cardiology consultants and Cate O’Neill Palliative Care Consultant.  At the moment the Trust is recruiting Respiratory, Elderly Care and Rheumatology consultants.

Northumbria will continue to recruit consultants to increase the number of specialists in the Trust in readiness for the new Specialist Emergency Care Hospital. 

Anne Kennedy, Deputy Director for Emergency Medicine said:

“The new consultants bring with them a wealth of experience in emergency care.   They wanted to join Northumbria to be part of the new specialist emergency care hospital as we start to plan for the future.  Their arrival marks a new phase giving us the capacity to start putting our new plans in place.”

The new hospital was given the green light in November and work will begin on the Cramlington site early in 2012.   The building is expected to be completed in 2014.   

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