Changes are set for hospital care

The new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.
The new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital.

Residents are being reminded of changes to emergency care at North Tyneside General Hospital from next week.

The new state-of-the-art Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, in Cramlington, will open to the public at 6am on Tuesday, June 16.

This is the culmination of over ten years’ work led by our clinical teams and will mark a historic moment

Dr Chris Biggin, clinical director for emergency care for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

At the same time, changes will take place in emergency care at North Tyneside General Hospital, which will become 24-hour walk-in service providing urgent care for less serious conditions.

The new hospital will treat all seriously ill or injured people from across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Dr Chris Biggin, clinical director for emergency care for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is the culmination of over ten years’ work led by our clinical teams and will mark a historic moment not only for our organisation, our staff and our patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside, but also for the NHS as a whole.”

“This is a really important time as we count down towards the opening of our new hospital and the changes that will simultaneously take place at our general hospitals with the introduction of 24-hour walk-in services providing urgent care.

“Our priority in these coming weeks is to make sure everyone knows about the changes taking place at 6am on June 16, and we have invested in a widespread awareness campaign so that people know where to go for help whether they need urgent care or have a serious emergency.”

For more information visit: www.northumbria.nhs.uk/emergency