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Plans move forward for new Berwick hospital

Friday, 04 July, 2014
Plans move forward for new Berwick hospital

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is moving forward with plans to deliver a new hospital in the heart of Berwick-upon-Tweed which will benefit the local community for many years to come. 

Following the Trust’s revised plan to build the new hospital on the existing town centre site of Berwick Infirmary, Northumbria Healthcare is now beginning discussions with its frontline clinical teams in Berwick to get their views on how services can work best in a new, fit-for-purpose, 21st century healthcare facility.

This is the vital first step in the process to develop plans for the new Berwick hospital and will ensure that all frontline staff working at the Infirmary have the opportunity to give their views about how the new hospital building will work best for patients.

Northumbria Healthcare is fully committed to delivering all of the services currently provided from Berwick Infirmary in the new hospital and is also working with partners to discuss how the new development can help further integrate health and social care services in Berwick.

The Trust announced at the end of 2013 its intention to rebuild Berwick Infirmary on the existing town centre site after listening intently to the views of local people.  The news was warmly welcomed by residents and key stakeholders in Berwick and Northumbria Healthcare is now keen to keep people in the town informed as work behind the scenes continues to move forward.

Paul Brayson, project manager for the new hospital development in Berwick said:

“We have wanted for a long time to progress our plans for a new hospital in Berwick and talking to our frontline teams is the first important step in this process.

“It is important that all our staff in Berwick have the chance to fully participate in these initial discussions to help us ensure that the design of the new hospital provides the very best environment for patients in the future.

“Our frontline colleagues in Berwick have the best insight and knowledge as to the difficulties with the existing old building and where we can make real improvements to our patients’ experience of care in a modern facility.   Their input will also be vital when we come to discuss the logistics of a phased build.”

Once initial discussions with staff and other partners are complete, the Trust can then move forward to appoint an architect team and contractor to develop a detailed technical design.  A series of public engagement events will be planned later in the year to share the plans, before a detailed planning application can be submitted.

Paul Brayson added: “We know this new hospital has been much anticipated in Berwick and the local community are keen to see progress.  As soon as we are in a position to share designs then of course we will.  Until then, we are fully committed to keeping stakeholders openly informed on the important groundwork that is going on now.”