Health chiefs unveil £75m hospital plans

An artist's impression of what the new specialist emergency care hospital in Cramlington will look like.
An artist's impression of what the new specialist emergency care hospital in Cramlington will look like.
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PLANS for a new emergency hospital at Cramlington have finally been unveiled.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust submitted its finalised plans for the £75m hospital to Northumberland County Council yesterday.

If the project is given the go-ahead by the council’s planning committee, patients arriving at the new hospital will be treated by medics specialising in dealing with the conditions or injuries affecting them.

The pioneering hospital is set to be built alongside the A189 north of the Moor Farm roundabout. It will be among the first in the UK to have specialist accident and emergency consultants on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Specialists in all the main clinical conditions will be on duty during the day and evening and on call overnight.

As well as its A&E department, the new hospital, designed by the trust’s clinicians, will include a short-stay paediatric facility and consultant-led maternity unit.

Its innovative design, spread over three floors, includes wards arranged around a central nurses’ station, to enable staff to keep a closer eye on patients.

Trust chief executive Jim Mackey, pictured, said: “This is excellent news for the people of North Tyneside and Northumberland, giving them access to some of the best healthcare in the country and internationally.

“Our commitment to the region is demonstrated by this huge £200m investment over the next ten years, which will support the local economy and provide much-needed jobs.

“This investment will give our patients a health service to be proud of, a specialist emergency care hospital bringing together teams of specialists providing a life-saving service for our patients and vastly improved care in their communities.

“Throughout this process, we have involved the public and our staff to help us shape the future of emergency care.

“We’ve taken residents’ views on board and made changes where we can.

“For example residents were concerned about the close proximity of a helicopter pad to their homes, so we have moved the location of the pad further away from where they live and closer to the hospital.

“Transportation issues have also been addressed in the final submission.”

The county council is now reviewing the planning application and will soon begin a public consultation exercise.

If the plans are approved, work could start on site later this year.