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Northumbria specialist hospital gets seal of approval from Sir Bruce Keogh

Friday, 04 July, 2014
Northumbria specialist hospital gets seal of approval from Sir Bruce Keogh

NHS Medical Director and author of the recent Urgent and Emergency Care Review, Sir Bruce Keogh, today gave the seal of approval to the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington, Northumberland. 

Sir Bruce carried out the topping out ceremony by sealing the roof of the hospital that will provide specialist emergency care around the clock for the 500,000 people of North Tyneside and Northumberland when it opens in 2015.

This facility is in line with Sir Bruce Keogh’s thinking in his review of Urgent and Emergency Care Services published last year.  The review called for larger Major Emergency Centres with the right facilities and expertise in order to maximise chances of survival and a good recovery.

Building on the higher levels of services delivered by Northumbria the aspiration of the Trust is to become one of the first major emergency centres in the country.

Recommendations in the review go on to say that these centres will have consistent levels of senior staffing and access to the specialist equipment and expertise needed to deliver the very best outcomes for patients. 

It is expected that there will be 40-70 Major Emergency Centres across the country that will have a lead responsibility for the quality of care and operation services across the network they support. 

Northumbria Healthcare is leading the way by building the first hospital in the country dedicated to providing emergency care seven days a week with specialists working around the clock. 

Specialists at Northumbria Healthcare started planning the new hospitals seven years ago and are already working seven days a week.  

Seriously ill or injured patients will be seen by an A&E consultant when they arrive at the hospital and will then see a specialist in their condition. Diagnostics are located within the emergency care department allowing consultants to get test results quickly so they can start treating patients earlier.  

Separating emergency care from planned operations and tests will also benefit patients attending Northumbria’s general hospitals. 

David Evans, Medical Director Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said:“I am delighted that the hospital has been recognised as being aligned with the changes in the provision of emergency care for the future. 

“Our specialists are already working seven days a week and this new hospital provides us with an opportunity to further develop our seven day working model.”