Hospital site bought
Plans to build a specialist emergency care hospital aimed at saving more lives in Northumberland and North Tyneside have taken another step forward.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has officially bought the site alongside the A189 to the south of East Cramlington for the state-of-the-art hospital.
The purchase paves the way for work to start on site next year. Northumberland County Council’s planning and environment committee approved the planning application for the development in October.
The Trust previously had an agreement with the landowner in place to purchase the 50-acre site.
The hospital is part of the Trust’s £200million investment to improve healthcare for people in Northumberland and North Tyneside.
Brian Griggs, director of estates and facilities at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have worked closely with the landowner since the site was identified following rigorous analysis which confirmed there were no alternative sites which were suitable to serve the people of Northumberland and North Tyneside, available or viable.
“We are delighted that the sale has now been completed and it is another step forward for the development which will bring significant health benefits for people in Northumberland and North Tyneside. We look forward to starting work on site next year.”
The hospital will be the first in England to have emergency care consultants on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Medical evidence shows that having the right specialist on hand to treat patients saves lives and significantly improves recovery. Specialists from all the main clinical conditions will be on duty during the day and evening and on-call during the night.
Alongside the significant health benefits, the hospital is a major boost to the local economy, representing an investment of £2.7m per month through the construction period and employing around 1,000 people across the lifetime of the build.
The Trust is committed to ensuring that as much of this investment goes to local businesses as possible.
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