Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Benefiting All of Northumberland and North Tyneside

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Benefiting All of Northumberland and North Tyneside

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THE specialist emergency care hospital is only one part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's plans to invest pounds 200m to bring world-class care to communities in Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The plans involve: ?Building a specialist emergency care hospital at Cramlington for patients in Northumberland and North Tyneside who are seriously ill or injured ? Improving services and facilities at Wansbeck and North Tyneside general hospitals ? Rebuilding community hospitals at Berwick and Haltwhistle Dr Richard Curless, executive director for medicine and emergency care at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: "While the specialist emergency care hospital is a major part of our plans, the pounds 200m investment is about much more than this.

"We want to improve healthcare for our communities in Northumberland and North Tyneside and our investment touches all families in these areas.

"From a new hospital in Berwick for people in north Northumberland to working with Northumberland County Council on an integrated health and social care scheme in Haltwhistle for people in Tynedale, we're ensuring that as many people as possible benefit from our plans.

"The majority of patients will continue to receive treatment at their local general hospital after the specialist emergency care hospital opens so our planned improvements to Wansbeck and North Tyneside general hospitals are very important."

These improvements include providing more space and facilities on the wards, more single rooms and bathrooms, refurbishing clinics and public areas and having an enhanced patient information and advice service.

At North Tyneside General Hospital, a major improvement is planned for endoscopy, which will see the department moved and new state-of-the-art equipment installed.

Dr Chris Biggin, emergency care consultant at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: "The new specialist emergency care hospital will save lives and dramatically improve care for patients in Northumberland and North Tyneside who are seriously ill and injured. …

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