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Help create a special embroidery for new emergency care hospital

Wednesday, 25 February, 2015
Help create a special embroidery for new emergency care hospital

People are being given the opportunity to help create a special embroidery for the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital being built in Cramlington.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is inviting people to an event at Azure Garden Centre in Cramlington on Thursday 5 March at 2pm to find out more.

It is intended that the embroidery will show different cultural designs from around the world and be displayed in an area for patients’ relatives at the new hospital, which will open in June.

The trust is appealing for people with embroidery skills and those with knowledge of global cultural designs to come along and get involved.

The new hospital will treat all seriously ill and injured patients from across Northumberland and North Tyneside, with emergency care consultants on site 24/7 and specialists also working seven days. This means patients will get to see the right specialist for their condition quickly which will not only save more lives but is widely proven to improve clinical outcomes.

People with less serious conditions, but who still require urgent care, will continue to receive treatment at 24-hour walk-in services at the trust’s general hospitals in Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck. These walk-in patients are expected to be seen more quickly in the future as staff will not be distracted or called away to treat more serious cases.

Brenda Longstaff, head of charity development and volunteering at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We are currently working on several exciting arts projects to help create a special environment in the new hospital. We all know that hospitals can be overwhelming especially when a loved one may be poorly and people are feeling anxious or upset.

“At this time it is even more important to use art to calm and sooth and provide comfort. An uplifting image or the calming ambience of a room can raise the spirits and help people get back on an even keel.

“The embroidery project is one of a number of initiatives which are being developed by our local community working together with our healing arts team. We think it’s important that the community can contribute to areas where their ideas and input will have an impact on so many people, especially families who may be going through a tough time.

“We all deal with distress and worry in different ways and as we look out to the many nationalities now living within Northumberland and North Tyneside, it is a great opportunity to incorporate the symbols of hope and reassurance from across the world into a special embroidery which can be framed and displayed in the new hospital to provide comfort to families.

“We would urge anyone who’s interested in being part of this project to come and join us for a cuppa on 5 March and share their ideas.”

To reserve a place at the event, contact 0191 203 1354 or email

The new hospital is the result of ten years’ work led by clinical teams at Northumbria Healthcare and will have emergency care consultants physically on site 24/7, as well as specialists in a range of conditions also available seven days a week.  

It is part of an innovative new model of emergency care which will help save more lives and improve clinical outcomes for more patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The new model is in line with the vision recently outlined in the ‘NHS five year forward view’ and has been endorsed by Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS in England, who, as part of his Urgent and Emergency Care Review, is calling for ‘patients to receive the right treatment at the right place’, with consistent levels of senior staffing in order to maximise chances of survival and a good recovery for patients.


Pictured is an embroidery at Hexham General Hospital created by Hexham Embroiderers’ Guild