Duchess lays foundations for a new era in emergency care
The Duchess of Northumberland has helped to lay the foundation stone for the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital with the help of teenagers from North Tyneside and Northumberland.
The new hospital will be the first dedicated emergency care hospital with emergency care specialists working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Specialists in a broad range of conditions will be on call through the night to treat patients referred to them from emergency care.
This is in line with medical evidence that shows getting patients to the right specialist when they are seriously ill can improve outcomes for them.
The hospital is part of Northumbria’s £200million investment in healthcare for the 500,000 population of North Tyneside and Northumberland
At a Takeover Day event held at Northumbria Healthcare Trust in November 2012 young people voted for a name for the paediatric unit in the new hospital and how they think the new department should look and feel. They also gave views about how young people would like to receive information about coming into hospital.
Now those ideas have resulted in the introduction of the Northumbria family, colourful images of an extended family that will be used to provide information about where and how patients will be treated in the future.
The teenagers explained to the Duchess the thinking behind their ideas and showed her some of the first images of the Northumbria family.
Project Director Birju Rana said:
“This hospital will be the first of its kind in the country with consultants working seven days a week to provide the best possible care for seriously ill or injured patients. The building is now starting to take shape and we are delighted that the Duchess of Northumberland will be laying the foundation stone that will mark a new era in the way we deliver emergency care.”
The new hospital will serve the 500,000 population of North Tyneside and Northumberland and building work will be completed in summer 2015.