Plans submitted for hospital extension
Investment in additional ambulatory care resources will offer an enhanced service to patients and their families
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has applied for planning permission to extend its Northumbria hospital at Cramlington and expand its services for patients not requiring an overnight stay.
The three-storey extension will create a purpose-built clinical space for ‘ambulatory care’ services in medicine, surgery, gynaecology and orthopaedics.
The expanded services will maximise the number of patients that are able to be assessed, treated and discharged during the day to enable more patients to get back to their own homes and loved ones faster.
It will also help to de-congest the emergency department meaning that patients will be able to be seen by the most appropriate clinician earlier, improving their experiences.
Jim Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare, said: “This planning application is excellent news for the trust and forms part of our new five-year strategy which shows our commitment to reshape healthcare settings, to protect The Northumbria for those who need it most and to invest to secure a more resilient health service for the future.
“Our patients and our staff are central to everything we do and this investment will also help us to create an improved environment and experience for everyone.”
If approved by Northumberland County Council, it is anticipated that the expanded services will be operational from December.
Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
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