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Happy 10th birthday to Hexham General Hospital

Wednesday, 09 July, 2014
Happy 10th birthday to Hexham General Hospital

Staff, patients and visitors at Hexham General Hospital are this week celebrating its 10th birthday.

The hospital opened its doors to patients in Hexham on 14 July 2003 and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is holding a week-long celebration to mark the anniversary.

Chief executive Jim Mackey joined a celebration for staff on Tuesday and members of the public are welcome to visit information boards charting the last decade on first class healthcare in Hexham which are on display in the hospital atrium.

Since 2003, the hospital has performed more than 42,000 operations, more than 170,000 people have attended A&E, more than 54,000 people have attended outpatients department and more than 64,000 people have had day-case treatment.  Over 2,000 babies have also been delivered in Hexham’s midwifery-led maternity unit.

Helen Maughan, matron at Hexham General Hospital, said: “I can’t quite believe it has been 10 years since the new hospital opened – so much has happened in that time.

“We’ve had visits from a prime minister, secretaries of state for health, a sports star and all have been impressed with what they saw.

“While there have been lots of changes in the NHS in that time, I’m pleased to say that one thing has remained throughout – the high quality care delivered to our patients by dedicated and committed staff.

“This weeklong event is about celebrating the achievements of the last decade and looking forward to the future as we work towards providing more care closer to home to benefit the people of Tynedale and beyond.

“I would like to thank the staff – everyone from doctors and nurses to domestics and porters – for all their efforts over the years, they do a fantastic job every single day.”

Hexham General Hospital provides a full range of diagnostic services including endoscopy, various day-case procedures and outpatient clinics in a range of conditions. It has an emergency care department which treats a range of emergencies and routine illnesses and injuries, and a midwifery-led maternity department.

The four hospital wards at Hexham consist of a surgical ward for patients who have had planned general, orthopaedic and gynaecological operations, a stroke rehabilitation and care of the elderly ward, as well as a general medicine ward.

As present, one ward is caring for patients from Haltwhistle War Memorial Hospital while the new integrated health and social care scheme is being built.

For the privacy and dignity of patients the hospital wards were designed to provide a high percentage of single room accommodation.  Over 80% of accommodation in Hexham is single rooms with en-suite facilities, with the stroke and rehabilitation ward made up entirely of single, en-suite rooms.