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Time capsule marks a year to go

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
Time capsule marks a year to go

A time capsule will be buried at the site of the new Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington on Monday 23 June to celebrate a year to the opening of the new hospital.

Ten members of staff including doctors and nurses will bury the time capsule containing a variety of items used by staff at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust when caring for the 500,000 people in North Tyneside and Northumberland.

A pack of swabs for screening MRSA, a staff magazine marking the visit from NHS Medical Director Sir Bruce Keogh and information about the recent staff awards highlighting the work of Northumbria staff are just some of the items that will be in the time capsule.

Consultant microbiologist Dr Bryan Marshall who donated swabs that are used to screen for MRSA, said;

“I wanted to show clinicians of the future how they have been actively fighting to stop the spread of antibiotic resistance to ensure that antibiotics will work for future generations”

Medical Director David Evans said:  “This ceremony marks a year to go to the opening of the hospital and a new era in emergency care.  This is an exciting time for everyone at Northumbria Healthcare.  I was delighted to see the magazine highlighting the visit of Professor Sir Bruce Keogh; he said the hospital was a “glimpse of the future”. We are all very proud of the new hospital and the improved care it will give to seriously ill or injured patients.