Hospital: We are lucky to have this facility

How disappointing that a huge investment in our local area’s healthcare is opened to such negative headlines.

We should be celebrating the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, which will benefit all North Tyneside and Northumberland residents.

The facilities are second to none and will enhance services that are already available across the area.

This development has been driven by a well-managed, financially astute Healthcare Trust that puts patients and staff wellbeing at the centre of its organisation.

The new hospital is the result of 10 years’ work led by clinical teams at Northumbria Healthcare, and will have emergency care consultants physically on site 24/7, as well as specialists in a range of conditions available seven days a week.

This means patients from across Northumberland and North Tyneside will get to see the right specialist and diagnostic investigations for their condition quickly, which will not only save more lives, but is widely proven to improve clinical outcomes.

I have been to many public awareness events in my capacity as public governor and have not experienced any negative responses from the public when the facts have been shared.

Having visited the new hospital and spoken to staff who will be working there, I feel we are very lucky to have this facility in close proximity.

People who require urgent care will continue to receive 24-hour walk-in treatment services at North Tyneside General Hospital.

These patients are expected to be seen more quickly in the future as staff will not be distracted or called away to deal with emergency cases.

As we know, our National Health Service is under enormous pressure and I am very proud that in North Tyneside and Northumberland we are working together to provide for the future by developing facilities which will be amongst the best in the country.

Gill Close

Public Governor