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Northumbria leads the way on future of emergency care

Tuesday, 16 December, 2014
Northumbria leads the way on future of emergency care

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is this week joining Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS, to take part in a national event to discuss the future of urgent and emergency care across England.

Medical director of the Trust, Mr David Evans, will join healthcare leaders from across the country at The Kings Fund in London today to share learning about the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital which will open next summer.

The new model of emergency care being implemented by Northumbria Healthcare is the result of ten years’ work led by the Trust’s clinical teams and is in line with Sir Bruce Keogh’s ‘urgent and emergency care’ review, which calls for larger ‘major emergency care departments’ with consistent levels of senior staffing, in order to maximise chances of survival and a good recovery.

When it opens next summer, the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington will become the first purpose built hospital in the country dedicated to providing emergency care, with consultants working in a range of specialities seven days a week.

Sir Bruce Keogh will open The King’s Fund event with an update on his national review and how the NHS can address the immediate challenges facing urgent and emergency care services across the country.

Mr David Evans, medical director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The evidence is clear that seeing the right specialist for your condition quickly when you are seriously ill or injured greatly improves chances of survival and results in better clinical outcomes for patients, regardless of journey times.

“The challenges facing A&E across the country are immense and we are proud that our clinical teams began thinking many years ago about how we can provide the very best clinical care, delivered by the most senior doctors, consistently in the future, for the vast population we serve. 

“When our new specialist emergency care hospital opens, for the first time we will be able to separate our emergency care from the planned care taking place at our general hospitals in Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck and this will bring significant benefits for both patients and staff.

“Patients attending walk-in A&Es at our general hospitals with less serious illnesses, ailments and injuries will also be seen more quickly in the future as staff will not be distracted or called away to treat more serious cases.”

Mr David Evans will share the new Northumbria model of emergency care at the King’s Fund event being held in London tomorrow.  For more information about the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital visit here.