Contractor appointed for new specialist emergency care hospital
The contract to build the first specialist emergency care hospital in England has been awarded to international construction company Lend Lease.
The pioneering new hospital, to be built in Cramlington, Northumberland will, for the first time in the country, have specialists working around the clock. It will mean a step change in the way emergency patients are treated when they are brought into an emergency care department and will help save lives and improve recovery for the most seriously ill or injured patients.
Leading medical experts are on record as saying that centres of excellence providing access to specialist care saves lives and can result in better outcomes for patients.
Faced with ever increasing demand for emergency care at Northumbria’s three general hospitals and listening to the advice of the experts, clinicians took a decision to provide something ground-breaking to benefit patients. And not only have they changed the way emergency care is delivered, they have had a major influence on the design of the new building.
The new hospital will have a state-of-the-art emergency care department to receive 999 and GP emergency admissions with seven wards containing 210 beds providing specialist care in a range of conditions. An intensive care unit will provide specialist critical care for up to 18 patients.
There will be six operating theatres and a consultant-led maternity unit and special care baby unit. A children’s assessment unit and clinical diagnostics such as MRI and CT scanners will be available onsite to provide fast, accurate diagnosis to speed up treatment.
The £70million contract is part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s £200million investment to improve healthcare for its 500,000 patients in North Tyneside and Northumberland.
Chief Executive Jim Mackey welcomed the appointment of Lend Lease and said: “This is a massive step forward in our plans to improve healthcare. Our clinicians wanted to provide the best possible standards of care for our patients and their forward thinking will mean a better chance of survival and better recovery for our sickest and most seriously injured patients.”
Gordon Anderson, Executive General Manager for Lend Lease, said: “This is one of the largest construction projects in the North East at the moment and we are excited to be involved in the construction of this building. The project recognises our commitment to the building of community facilities for the people of the region.”
Work will begin on Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in the autumn and will take about two years to complete.