We have a dedicated 24/7 children’s facility at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington for the emergency care and treatment of children aged under 16.
Children with minor injuries can still be seen at our urgent care centres at Wansbeck, Hexham and North Tyneside general hospitals. These hospitals also provide a variety of outpatient clinics for children, as well as any planned care or surgery.
In The Northumbria hospital, children who are seriously ill or injured will be quickly assessed by paediatricians and emergency care specialists who work together in the children’s unit. It will then be decided whether a child needs to be admitted for observation or an overnight stay. Some children may be well enough to be sent home after treatment, or be referred for follow up at one of our general hospitals. A few children, such as those requiring a longer hospital stay, may be transferred to the Children’s Hospital in Newcastle.
Planned care, such as outpatient appointments and follow-up care, as well as planned surgery, will continue to be provided as locally as possible. We offer outpatient clinics across the area and day surgery for those under 16 at North Tyneside.
Community clinics are held in a variety of venues including Berwick, Alnwick, Blyth, Cramlington, Ashington, North Shields and Longbenton.
We have children’s physiotherapists who provide assessment and treatment for children aged 0-18 years who live or attend school in Northumberland or North Tyneside.
Physiotherapy may benefit children with movement difficulties, for example those who have a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, gross motor delay, duchene muscular dystrophy, soft tissue injury or bony fractures.
Your child will be seen in the most suitable location for them, whether it’s at home, at school, in a hospital clinic or local health centre.
Your child may be referred to other child health Services for further support such as the community nursing team, health visitor or school nurse.
Special care baby unit
There is a special care baby unit at The Northumbria hospital working alongside maternity services. The unit is supported by advanced neonatal nurse practitioners and acute paediatric consultants.
Throughout your child’s care they may be seen by different healthcare professionals including a paediatric consultant, advanced paediatricnurse practitioners, registered children’s nurse, nursery nurse, diabetes nurse, occupational therapist, dietitian or physiotherapist, nursery nurse.
We also work closely with the local authority education and disability service.