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New Northumbria hospital opens its doors at 6am tomorrow

Tuesday, 16 June, 2015
New Northumbria hospital opens its doors at 6am tomorrow

The doors to the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington will open at 6am tomorrow morning (Tuesday 16 June) heralding the start of a new era in emergency care across Northumberland and North Tyneside.  

From 6am tomorrow, serious emergencies across Northumberland and North Tyneside will be treated at the new Northumbria hospital where expert clinical teams will be on hand around the clock. 

The new Northumbria hospital is the first purpose-built dedicated emergency care hospital in England.  It will have emergency care consultants on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week with consultants in a broad range of conditions also available everyday to speed up specialist care for patients, maximising chances of survival and a good recovery and helping to save more lives.

Most patients will arrive at the new Northumbria hospital by emergency blue light ambulance or emergency GP admission and some people may arrive themselves.  Patients will be seen quickly by an expert with senior clinical decision making upon arrival and quick access to tests and scans so that treatment can start sooner.

From 6am tomorrow, changes will also take place in emergency care at Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck general hospitals which will become 24-hour walk-in services and continue to provide urgent care for people with less serious conditions.

Medical director of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Today is a momentous day for our staff, patients and the NHS as a whole and is the result of over ten years hard work led by our clinical teams to develop this exciting new era in emergency care which will help us save more lives.

“Our new model of care is about getting those patients who are seriously ill or injured to a place where the right experts will be there consistently, round the clock, ready to treat them.  Our general hospitals will also continue to provide round the clock care at 24 hour walk-in services for the less serious conditions which often need urgent attention.

“We have invested heavily to make sure people know and understand about the changes taking place and where to go for help and will continue to share lots of information as our new ways of working become embedded over the coming weeks.”