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Northumbria shares emergency care story to celebrate golden anniversary

Monday, 09 October, 2017
Northumbria shares emergency care story to celebrate golden anniversary

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is this week sharing its unique emergency care story to help celebrate 50 years of emergency medicine nationally.

The trust, widely seen as being at the forefront of emergency care in the NHS, is looking back on its developments and the key milestones which led to the transformation of urgent and emergency care and opening of The Northumbria hospital in 2015.

In less than 20 years, Northumbria Healthcare has gone from appointing its first specialist consultant in emergency medicine to having the country’s first hospital dedicated to emergency care.

Recognised as leading the way nationally, Northumbria’s team of 24 specialists provide seven-day consultant-led emergency care across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

With senior clinical decision-making 24/7 and round-the-clock access to diagnostics, patients who are seriously ill or injured benefit from improved outcomes and experience. 

The trust is sharing its story online and encouraging people in Northumberland and North Tyneside to follow Northumbria on social media.

From 9-13 October, The Royal College of Emergency Medicine is marking the 50 anniversary of the inception of emergency medicine.

Dr James McFetrich, consultant in emergency medicine and associate head of service of emergency care at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We’re delighted to help mark 50 years of emergency medicine nationally and take this opportunity to celebrate the great progress we’ve made here in Northumbria.

“From taking on our first specialist emergency care consultant in 1997 to embarking on a new era of emergency care led seven days a week by consultants in 2015, it’s remarkable what we have achieved in less than two decades.  

“Our position now at the cutting edge of the NHS is testament to our clinicians who had the vision to transform emergency care and bring about significant improvements in the treatment we provide to our patients who are seriously ill or injured.

“As we look back, we also look forward and continue our efforts to further improve the care we provide and make sure our patients have the best possible experience, and ensure we remain at the forefront.

“While the focus is on emergency care, we must also acknowledge the challenges it faces, especially over winter, and must all play our part in using services wisely to ensure that emergency services are kept free for those who need them most.”

Dr Taj Hassan, president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said: “We’re so grateful to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust for their support. The specialty has come a long way in 50 years and the Trust’s emergency care hospital will be at the forefront of the next 50.”