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Children’s model of new specialist emergency hospital

Tuesday, 21 April, 2015
Children’s model of new specialist emergency hospital

Children at a school close to where the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital is being built in Cramlington have made a model of the development.

Pupils at Cramlington Village Primary School have followed with great interest the progress on Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s hospital and wanted to make a mini version of it to mark the important event.

Children from Year 2 proudly showed off their model to Northumbria Healthcare chief matron Julie Gillson as part of community engagement work with the trust. The hospital is due to open in June.

The result of ten years’ work led by clinical teams, the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital is the first purpose-built facility of its kind in England dedicated to providing emergency care with A&E consultants on site 24/7, as well as specialists in a range of conditions working seven days a week. 

It heralds a new model of emergency care at Northumbria Healthcare and means patients from across Northumberland and North Tyneside will 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 will be seen more quickly in the future as staff will not be distracted or called away to treat more serious cases.

Julie, chief matron for surgery, said: “It was an absolute joy to see the excitement and enthusiasm from the children about our new hospital at Cramlington.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for them to have been able to see a hospital being built so close to their school and they told me how they have really enjoyed watching it ‘grow before their eyes’.

“I was really impressed with the model – their attention to detail was fantastic and it even included the helipad.”

Teacher Ashleigh Sprott said: “This community project has provided the children at Cramlingon Village Primary School with an opportunity to showcase their work and share their learning experience with their family, friends and the local community.

“Seeing the project evolve on our doorstep will be a lasting memory that has already provided much excitement for the children.

“We look forward to continuing our relationship with the hospital so that our children can watch it come to life and visit it once it opens.”

Ellie Fawcett, aged seven, was one of the pupils who made the model. She said: ‘It looks like it will have all of the things a hospital really needs. I am really excited to see the new hospital. I have heard so much about it.”

The new model of emergency care at Northumbria Healthcare 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.

The trust launched a public awareness campaign in March and a further wave of high-profile promotional activity will continue in May including information for every household across Northumberland and North Tyneside about the emergency care changes coming in June, and how to access urgent and emergency care services.

More information is available at www.northumbria.nhs.uk/emergency

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