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Work starts on Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Work starts on Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital

The Duchess of Northumberland today carried out a ground-breaking ceremony for a new hospital that will mark a new era in the way emergency care patients are treated.

The revolutionary new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington will be the first hospital in the country to have specialists available to see and treat the most seriously ill or injured patients twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. 

Medical evidence by leading experts in healthcare says that speedy access to specialists saves lives and results in improved outcomes for these vulnerable patients.

Faced with every increasing numbers of patients attending A & E departments at general hospitals in Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust, clinicians have taken some of the best practice from hospitals nationally and internationally to provide a centre of excellence that will improve care for emergency patients.

Once patients are on the road to recovery they will be transferred back to their local hospital to be cared for closer to home.

The Duchess carried out the ground-breaking ceremony by excavator on the site at East Cramlington before meeting staff.

Staff have been involved in the design of the new hospital which will have a state-of-the-art A & E department, admission and in-patient wards, hi-tech diagnostics and critical care as well as a short-stay paediatric facility and consultant-led maternity unit. 

The innovative design, over three floors, includes wards which are arranged around a central nurses’ station which will improve the ability of staff to observe patients and deliver high-quality care.

Chief Executive of Northumbria Healthcare Jim Mackey said;

“This will improve healthcare for the 500,000 people of North Tyneside and Northumberland giving them access to some of the best emergency care in this country and internationally.

“I am immensely proud of our clinical teams who have worked hard to improve the way we deliver emergency care, they have taken ideas from home and abroad to provide quality care in a modern setting for the first time in this country.”

Work will begin shortly on the new building which will take two years to build.