Faster Diagnosis - Faster Treatment

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YOUR health is important and getting a fast and accurate diagnosis means treatment, if it is necessary, can be started sooner.

With Northumbria Healthcare patients can expect faster diagnosis with an improved appointments system, state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained staff.

Waiting times for X-ray examinations reduced to within 1-2 weeks

Majority of patients receive results within two weeks

Improved appointments system - by phone and into the evening to reach more patients quickly

Patient choice - first available appointment at any of the Trust's nine hospitals or appointment at preferred hospital

Improved technology-CT and MRI scanners in Hexham enabling patients to have tests carried out at their local hospital

High quality of staff - radiographers work in evenings and weekends to see patients

For more information, go to www.northumbria.nhs.uk

PATIENT SATISFACTION

A recent patient survey at Hexham General showed:

97% say they would be happy to return for further treatment

98% were satisfied with the cleanliness of the hospital

97% found our staff friendly and helpful.

SERVICES AT HEXHAM GENERAL HOSPITAL

EMERGENCY CARE

Maternity Fertility Gynaecology Orthopaedics including major joint replacement General Medicine Medicine for Older People Stroke Medicine General Surgery Radiology - X-ray Patholo gy Pharmacy Services Haematolo gy DAY TREATMENT CENTRE Blood Transfusions Dental/Oral surgery Surgery Laparoscopic surgery Orthopaedics Endoscopy Urolo gy Pain Management Ear, Nose and Throat Oncology Gynaecology ACCESS TO CONSULTANTS WITH SPECIALIST INTEREST IN Cardiolo gy Diabetes and endocrinology Gast roente rolo gy Respiratory Medicine Rheumatolo gy OUTPATIENT SERVICES General surgery Orthotics Orthopaedics (Hip/Knee/Feet/Hands) Podiatry Trauma clinics Parkinsons Fracture clinic Psychiatry Ophthalmology Physiotherapy Medicine Dermatolo gy Cardiology and investigations Breast Clinic Rapid access chest pain clinic Speech and Language Therapy Diabetes Ear Nose and Throat Dietetics Urodynamics Rheumatolo gy Paediatrics Colposcopy NEW SERVICES Clinical Decision Unit (patients awaiting diagnostics) Erectile Dysfunction Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) clinic Hip, Knee, Feet, Hands specialists Laparoscopic surgery Nurse-led oncology service Neurolo gy Psycho-sexual Psychology - Cardiac/Gynaeco logy Stroke Review Clinics Trans-Rectal Ultrasound (TRUS) clinic