Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Duchess Takes a Tour of PS95m Hospital

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Duchess Takes a Tour of PS95m Hospital

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Byline: Craig Thompson Chief Reporter

HER Grace The Duchess of Northumberland gave her seal of approval as she officially opened the new PS95million Cramlington hospital.

The Duchess was given a tour of the new specialist emergency care hospital and got the chance to speak to patients and staff to garner their views on the new facilities.

According to health bosses, initial data gathered since the hospital opened to the public in June, shows it is benefiting the local population by reducing overall admissions, as well as reducing the length of stay for those who are admitted.

Touted as the first hospital of its kind in the country, it has already been recognised at national level by the medical director of NHS England when he described it as a "glimpse of the future" and "setting the standard for others to follow".

The Duchess had carried out the ground-breaking ceremony for the hospital in October 2012 and laid the foundation stone in July 2013.

She said: "It was an honour to return to the hospital.

"It was fantastic to hear how it has revolutionised emergency care in this area and meet patients who are benefitting from having quick access to specialist care aroundthe-clock and the staff who've worked so hard over many years to make this happen.

"To have this hospital which is truly leading the way nationally in our region is excellent news for everyone across Northumberland and North Tyneside and I would like to congratulate everyone involved."

The hospital is the result of 10 years work led by clinical teams at Northumbria Healthcare, and is specifically dedicated to emergency care, having A&E consultants physically on site 24/7, as well as specialists in a range of conditions.

The facility has cost PS75million to build - plus PS5million to improve surrounding roads and PS15million for specialised equipment. It has 210 acute beds spread across seven specialist wards.

The 24/7 style of working has attracted national and international attention, with teams from all over the UK visiting to see how staff are working. …

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