Pioneering hospital layout will revolve around patients

Diagram of level one of the specialist emergency care hospital.
Diagram of level one of the specialist emergency care hospital.
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THESE are the first pictures of how the inside of the new specialist emergency care hospital lined up for Cramlington will look.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has revealed its floor diagrams for the £75m development.

The hospital is set to be built alongside the A189 north of the Moor Farm Roundabout.

Its layout has been designed by the trust’s clinicians who say they aim to deliver the best patient care possible.

The hospital is part of the Trust’s £200m investment in improving healthcare in Northumberland and North Tyneside over the next ten years.

A planning application for the development was submitted to Northumberland County Council by the trust last week.

Steve Russell, the trust’s director of medicine and emergency care, said: “This is like no other hospital in the UK.

“Gone is the sprawling hospital spread out over a large area where wards and departments are some distance from each other.

“Gone are the traditional wards where some beds are much further away from the nurses’ station than others.

“What we’ve done is to design a hospital with patients and the staff who will be looking after them at its very heart.

“We’ve put departments which work alongside each other such as x-ray, accident and emergency and paediatrics next to each other, which reduces waiting times for patients and the movements of patients, resulting in a vastly improved and rapid clinical service for people who need emergency treatment.

“Inside the wards, we’ve arranged patients’ beds around a central nurses’ station, which means all patients are close to the people caring for them. This will improve the ability of staff to observe patients and deliver high-quality care.”

Mr Russell added: “This unique design has been achieved because we have involved our staff – the people who will be caring for the patients – throughout the process.

“Our clinical teams have worked with the design team and put forward their views on how the building should be arranged to provide the best care for patients.

“I am delighted with what we have managed to achieve, and I would like to thank the teams who have put an enormous amount of effort into thinking about how they will work once opened and treating patients.”

If granted planning permission by the council, work could start on building the new hospital later this year.

The hospital will be among the first in the UK to have specialist A&E consultants on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Besides its A&E unit, the new hospital, arranged over three floors, will feature admission and in-patient wards, hi-tech diagnostics and critical care facilities, a short-stay paediatric facility and consultant-led maternity unit.

The council is currently reviewing the planning application and will soon be starting a public consultation exercise by writing to neighbouring properties and making information available on its website.

Alongside the new hospital, the trust is improving services and facilities at Ashington’s Wansbeck General Hospital and North Tyneside General in North Shields.

Improvements planned include providing more single rooms with en-suite bathrooms, creating more space on wards, and refurbishing clinics and public areas.