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More specialists join Northumbria ranks

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
More specialists join Northumbria ranks

wo more specialist doctors have joined Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as it prepares for its new specialist emergency care hospital.

Dr Elizabeth Hall and Dr Rob Whittle have been appointed as consultant intensivists and anaesthetists and will provide expert care to patients in intensive care in North Tyneside and Wansbeck general hospitals.

Their appointments bring the total of specialists trained to the highest possible level in intensive care at the Trust to five – one of the highest numbers in the region.

The specialists form a key part of the Trust’s development of its critical care team in preparation for the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital which will care for the most seriously ill or injured patients in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Work has started on the state-of-the-art hospital in Cramlington which will be staffed by highly-trained and experienced medical professionals representing all the main clinical specialities. 

Medical evidence shows that having the right specialist on hand to treat patients saves lives and significantly improves recovery. It will be the first hospital of its kind in the country to have emergency care consultants on hand 24 hours a day, every day. 

Dr Eliot Sykes, head of service for critical care at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to welcome Liz and Rob to our team and it demonstrates our commitment to developing a world-class critical care service for patients by recruiting top quality specialists.

“They will work across both Wansbeck and North Tyneside hospitals and in the future at the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital to serve all of our patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside and deliver the best patient care.”

Both Dr Hall and Dr Whittle have previously worked in the Trust earlier in their careers and wanted to return.

Dr Hall said: “When I worked here as a junior doctor I was inspired by the positive attitudes of the staff and the feeling that we were working as a team.

“I always hoped that I would return and am thrilled to have been appointed. I am excited to be part the new emergency care hospital and the opportunities this will bring.”

Dr Whittle said: “The Trust is leading the way regionally and nationally with its novel and pioneering approaches to acute and critical care so I was keen to come back.

“It has developed an attractive working environment and I believe is the pick of the trusts in the region in which to work.”

For more information about the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital and recruitment opportunities at Northumbria Healthcare, visit