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Duchess to open new emergency care hospital

Tuesday, 06 October, 2015
Duchess to open new emergency care hospital

The Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, Her Grace The Duchess of Northumberland will meet staff and patients when she opens The Northumbria hospital on Thursday 8 October.

The Duchess will hear how emergency care has been transformed at the new specialist emergency care hospital in Cramlington.  

The latest diagnostic equipment in the radiology department is located adjacent to the emergency department.  This allows direct access to the CT scanning area, where emergency care teams are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

Diagnostics available seven days a week means that patients are diagnosed quickly and treatment started early by senior consultants working seven days a week.  This means a better outcome and recovery for patients.    

Initial data shows that this new model of care is benefiting the local population by reducing the number of admissions into hospital and reducing the overall length of stay for those patients who are admitted.

Some of the region’s top surgeons are working seven days a week at the hospital ensuring patients in North Tyneside and Northumberland have their operations as soon as possible.  

This new way of providing emergency care, in the first hospital of its kind in the country, has already been recognised at national level by the medical director of NHS England when he described it as a ‘glimpse of the future’ and ‘setting the standard for others to follow’.

The hospital has attracted attention nationally and internationally with teams from all over the United Kingdom visiting Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to hear about the new way of delivering emergency care.  

Since the hospital opened in June, nearly 24,000 people have attended emergency care with 12,700 people admitted.  Ambulances arriving at the hospital totalled 11,169 and 858 babies have been born in the new birthing centre.  

After arriving at the hospital at noon the first stop for the Duchess will be the emergency care department to meet some of the emergency care teams and patients.   Later the Duchess will visit wards, the birthing centre, special care baby unit and operating theatres.

Some of the new recruits in the domestic, portering and estates teams who were instrumental in preparing the hospital for patients will meet the Duchess.  Volunteers will explain their role in the new building.  

Later a plaque to mark the opening of the building will be unveiled by the Duchess.    

David Evans, medical director at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “The success of this hospital is due to the commitment and dedication of the teams who have been working on this project over the last 12 years.  

“It is evident from the many thank you letters we receive that the care we are giving is appreciated by our patients, and our patient experience surveys tell us we are delivering high quality, safe care to all.”