Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pounds 3m Invested in NHS Recruitment; Millions of Pounds of Investment and Staff Recruitment Drives Mean Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Patients Are Set to Benefit. KIM CARMICHAEL Reports

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pounds 3m Invested in NHS Recruitment; Millions of Pounds of Investment and Staff Recruitment Drives Mean Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Patients Are Set to Benefit. KIM CARMICHAEL Reports

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Byline: KIM CARMICHAEL

IMPROVED emergency care departments and more nurses will benefit North East hospital patients, health chiefs have said.

An extra pounds 3m is being spent by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to increase nurse staffing levels on wards and departments in hospitals throughout North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Last year saw an unprecedented rise in the number of people attending the Trust's emergency care departments as the worst winter weather for over 30 years hit the region.

Many were discharged home after assessment but many more were admitted to wards and departments for further care.

To ensure patients are treated quickly there have been improvements made to emergency care departments and nurses at all levels have been recruited.

Two nurse practitioners are among the most recent appointments and they will work alongside doctors throughout the night at the hospitals.

In addition, five new emergency care consultants will be joining the team and Wansbeck General hospital has opened a new Rapid Access and Treatment Unit that will benefit patients waiting for diagnostic tests and observation.

More beds have been opened on wards at North Tyneside General Hospital to help with the increase in demand and more nurses will be joining the teams on wards 22 and 23 to help cope with the increase in patients needing care.

Director of Nursing Rosemary Stephenson welcomed the new recruits.

She said: "This increase in staffing levels means that our patients will benefit from more personalised care because we can give them more of our time.

"And our staff will benefit as they can now be freed up to take part in more training sessions that will help them develop their careers."

Wansbeck hospital is also opening another new department, a surgical assessment area. …

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