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More nurses for Wansbeck General Hospital

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
More nurses for Wansbeck General Hospital

Patients at Wansbeck General Hospital will benefit from a cash boost to increase nurse staffing as Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust ploughs an extra £3million into nursing on wards and departments.  

A team of 11 nurses has been recruited to staff a new surgical assessment unit at Wansbeck General Hospital and it will open in the New Year. Patients with problems such as abdominal discomfort will be transferred directly from the emergency care department for surgical assessment. 

This fast-track approach will ease pressure on the emergency care department whilst providing a safe, more efficient service for patients. 

Another new department opening shortly at Wansbeck General Hospital is a palliative care ward for those patients needing end-of-life care. Another new team of skilled nursing staff has been recruited to care for these patients. 

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.

Many were discharged home but many more were admitted to wards and departments for further care. 

To ensure patients are treated quickly there have been improvements to emergency care where nurses at all levels have been recruited. Two senior nurse practitioners are now working alongside doctors throughout the night. In addition two new emergency care consultants are joining the team.

The new Rapid Access and Treatment Unit now provides a modern environment with beds and comfortable chairs where patients can be observed and wait for test results. New assessment bays in the emergency care department means that patients can be seen more quickly. 

A new group of student nurses joined the Trust in October and the next intake will be in March next year.  

Rosemary Stephenson, Director of Nursing at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our nurses are among the best in the country and these extra nurses will help ease the pressure on existing staff during this busy time of year.”