Wansbeck General Hospital

    • Wansbeck General Hospital
    • Wansbeck General Hospital

General Information

Wansbeck General Hospital is situated just off the A197, on the outskirts of Ashington, Northumberland. 

Wansbeck is a district general hospital with a 24 hour A&E department, a consultant-led maternity unit and special care baby unit, full range of diagnostic testing, 12 wards and outpatient clinics covering a range of specialties.

For directions and contact details click on the map below.

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Directions & Transport

Wansbeck General Hospital is situated just off the A197, on the outskirts of Ashington.

By road
From the A189 Spine Road. Exit the Woodhorn Roundabout signposted Ashington. At the next Roundabout take the first exit, continue along pass Barley Rise and you will arrive at the Hospital.

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

By rail
There is no train station at Ashington. The closest mainline station is Morpeth, which is six miles away. Check The Trainline for timetables of all services.


Car parking is available and costs £1.20p per hour, up to a maximum of £4 per day.  

Please leave plenty of time to find a space.

There are free lay-bys for pick ups or drops offs or for those picking up a prescription at the pharmacy.

Disabled parking

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

Concessionary car parking

We offer free car parking in a number of cases for patients or their visitors. This includes those receiving treatment for cancer while patients attending regularly over an extended period and visitors of long-stay patients may also be exempt. Parents of children in hospital will also receive free car parking. Please speak to the ward manager about this. 

Accident & Emergency

Emergency care centre
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Children's Assessment Unit

Treating children from A&E and orthopaedics
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Critical Care Unit

Intensive care and high dependency units
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Emergency Care Centre

Accident and emergency
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Medical Assessment Unit

Medical assessment unit
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Oncology Day Unit

Oncology treatment
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Rapid Access Treatment Unit

Emergency care, A&E and rapid access treatment
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Special Care Baby Unit

Special care baby unit
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Ward 2

General medicine - respiratory & haematology
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Ward 3

Coronary Care Unit
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Ward 4

General surgery
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Ward 5

Speciality gastroenterology ward
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Ward 6

Orthopaedic ward
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Ward 7

Elective orthopaedics
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Ward 8

Acute elderly medicine
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Ward 9

Stroke ward
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Ward 10

Women's health
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Ward 11

Maternity ward
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Palliative Care Unit

Palliative care unit
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Ward 17

General medicine - respiratory and diabetes
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Ward 22

Elderly care
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The hospital has a coffee shop at the main entrance run by our Hospital Volunteer Service. 

There is a restaurant upstairs where you get hot and cold food and refreshments and another coffee shop, cafe central by the south entrance near to maternity.

Opening times are as follows: 


  • Monday to Friday 7.30am to 6pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 8am to 6pm
  • Please note the restaurant closes every day at 2pm for approximately 20 minutes to cash up.

Café central

  • Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm