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Public invited to have their say on updated plans for new Berwick hospital

Wednesday, 22 June, 2016
Public invited to have their say on updated plans for new Berwick hospital

People in Berwick are being given the opportunity to see updated plans for a new £25million hospital in the town.

Following community engagement earlier this year, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is inviting the public to view the proposals at two events next month.

The more detailed plans giving people a clearer picture of how the scheme will look when built will be on show at the William Elder Building, 56-58 Castlegate, Berwick, TD15 1JT on Friday 1 July between 3pm and 7pm and Saturday 2 July from 9.30am to 1pm.

The redevelopment of Berwick Infirmary will provide purpose-built, modern facilities to deliver hospital services to the local population and improve the integration of health and social care provision in the area. As part of the plans, Well Close GP practice will be based on site.

The trust has appointed the Newcastle office of national planning, design and economics consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (NLP) to progress its planning application.

At the events, the public will have the opportunity to speak to representatives from the trust, NLP and the design team and have their say before a planning application is submitted to Northumberland County Council later this year.

Paul Brayson, project director at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “First of all we’d like to thank everyone who came along to our community engagement events earlier this year and shared their thoughts on our proposals.

“The plans on show at these sessions are more detailed and will give residents a better idea of how the hospital will look when built including the materials to be used.

“We’d encourage people to come along and have their say and be part of a hugely exciting development in Berwick which will have a significant positive impact on healthcare in the area.”

Subject to planning permission, building of the new hospital on the site of the existing Berwick Infirmary is scheduled to start in summer 2017 and is anticipated to take place over a three-year timeframe.