Services provided at this hospital include; inpatient services for elderly medicine, stoke and orthopaedic rehabilitation and palliative care;  a minor injuries unit which is open 24 hours and supported by GPs; extensive outpatient clinics and day hospital services including ambulatory care, diagnostics including x-ray, ultrasound, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, podiatry and intermediate care; a midwifery-led maternity unit with single delivery room and birthing pool; pre-assessment and day surgical procedures and an oncology unit where chemotherapy treatments are carried out two days a week.

*Please note that from Monday 9 December 2019, physiotherapy services will be delivered from the maternity unit as part of preparations for the new hospital.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, for the safety of our patients and staff, visiting our hospitals is still being restricted. We are sorry to have to continue to do this but this hopefully helps your loved one and other patients feel safe in our care.

We understand visiting is important so have arrangements in place to allow controlled visiting on our wards and departments.

There are a limited number of hourly slots for visitors on all general adult wards between 10am and 7pm, which must be pre-booked in advance. Each patient is now allowed two nominated visitors, who can visit on separate occasions or together if more convenient.

These people are not interchangeable. We need all visitors to keep to their hour to maintain social distancing and give all patients the opportunity to have their nominated people visit.

Surgical wards must remain ‘Covid-light’, so visiting will remain restricted. However, for patients who have been in hospital for 72 hours or more, one nominated visitor will be permitted to book a slot. Those wishing to visit should check arrangements with the ward.

In addition to this, when visiting you are reminded to expect:

  • to wash your hands at the hospital entrance and wear a mask when you enter the hospital
  • to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and observe social distancing
  • you should not visit if you feel unwell, have been asked to self-isolate, or believe you may have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19

This visitors’ guidance does not apply for patients at the end of life, maternity, the children’s ward and SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit).

For more information on maternity visiting, see here.

Visiting times should be: Between 10am and 7pm for two nominated people for one hour which must be pre-booked

Covid-light wards are: Northumbria Hospital ward 15, North Tyneside General Hospital wards 7 and 8, Wansbeck General Hospital wards 10 and 11 and Hexham General Hospital ward 3.

Berwick infirmary is situated within the town centre of Berwick upon Tweed.

By road

Exit the A1 at the roundabout and follow the A698 Signposted Berwick. Go left at the next main roundabout and follow the signs for the town centre. At the roundabout, take the first exit over the bridge. Turn left at the next main junction and continue along the A1167 for 200 metres. Turn right onto Scott’s Place, then turn left onto Brucegate.

By bus

For up to date bus information, please use the Traveline service

By rail

Berwick Infimary is a five minute walk from Berwick railway station. Check Trainline for timetables of all services.

Charges

  • 0-20mins = Free*

  • 20mins-1 hour = £2

  • 1-2 hours = £3

  • 2-3 hours = £4

  • 3-4 hours = £5

  • 24 hours = £6

As it is pay and display, please make sure that you bring change with you and leave plenty of time to find a space.

Disabled Parking

There are designated free parking bays reserved for disabled drivers displaying a valid blue badge permit.

Concessionary car parking

We offer free car parking under certain circumstances for patients or their visitors. This includes those patients attending regularly over an extended period, visitors of long-stay patients and those who are staying in the hospital with patients. This list is not exhaustive and exemptions are issued by the ward or department manager – please speak to them if you think you may qualify.

Electric vehicle charging

This hospital has an electric vehicle charging point which is free to use for patients and visitors.

Car parking violations

Please note that failure to park in a designated bay or failure to pay for parking may result in you being issued with a civil penalty or infringement notice.

Restaurant

There is a restaurant selling food and drinks at the following times:

  • 10am-11am – pre-ordered hot sandwiches
  • Midday-1.45pm – lunches including main courses, sandwiches and salads
  • 3pm-4pm – hot and cold drinks with pre-ordered hot food available

In between these times you can get cold drinks and snacks.

Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas of this hospital – just choose NHS Wi-Fi on your smart device and follow the registration process to gain access.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has invested £30 million to build of a state-of-the-art hospital in Berwick-Upon-Tweed.

A-visual-of-how-the-main-entrance-of-the-new-Berwick-hospital-will-look.jpgThe 21st century hospital will be replacing the old infirmary, and will create 295 full-time equivalent jobs per year during the construction and operational phases, and generate more than £17million to the local economy during the build.

The project is a big part of what the trust’s sustainability agenda is about – refreshing the buildings that staff work in so they’re suitable for patients and workers, innovate where ever possible and help the local economy regenerate.

Planning permission was approved in December 2020, and since then the project team have continued to work around the clock to move to the build phase.

Following this approval, Anne Marie Trevelyan MP visited the site to mark the start of the demolition process. Sharing the excitement of the trust and residents alike, she said “the hospital…is genuinely going to be transformative not only for Berwick town itself but for the wider community as well to have a modern community hospital.” Read more here.

BERWICK_HOSPITAL_SITE_2-1024x663.jpgThe trust worked in partnership with Northern Archaeological Associates to carry out an archaeological dig at the beginning of the construction project, making some significant finds, some dating back to 1100AD. The hospital site lies within the town walls constructed around 1296, but little is known about life in Berwick before this time.

This site is one of the biggest that archaeologists have had the opportunity to work on in Berwick. Walls, pottery, fish bones and what is thought to be stone yards, associated with Low Greens, have been found. You can read more here.

Base-of-late-medieval-well-1-1024x768.jpgLate-Medieval-Well-in-Excavation-1-1024x768.jpgThis page will be kept up to date with developments as the build progresses, so it’s worth checking in.

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