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New hospital leads the way in providing dedicated emergency services

Image of Sir Bruce Keogh at Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care HospitalNHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh has given his seal of approval to the first hospital in the country dedicated to providing emergency care every day of the week.

Due to open in 2015, Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington will have specialist emergency care consultants working round the clock to provide care for the 500,000 people of North Tyneside and Northumberland.

Performing a topping out ceremony by sealing the roof of the new facility, Sir Bruce said: “This represents a significant step towards achieving the highest standards in patient care. The new hospital here at Cramlington adds momentum to our plans to make a fundamental shift in the provision of urgent care.”

Sir Bruce published a blueprint last year to reform urgent care proposing Major Emergency Centres as part of the solution with an expectation that there will be 40-70 centres across the country. With its dedicated facilities, Northumbria, has the aspiration to become one of the first major emergency centres in the country where seriously ill patients will be seen by an A&E consultant when they arrive at the hospital and then by a specialist in their condition. Locating diagnostics within the emergency care department will allow consultants to get test results quickly so they can start treating patients earlier.

Sir Bruce commented that “Separating emergency care in this way will also benefit patients attending Northumbria’s general hospitals for planned operations and tests. NHS England is the only healthcare system in the world that is trying to sort out the issue of seven day services. Individual hospitals have done some work on it, but never a national health service. Putting the next foot forward now is to ensure that other Trusts follow Northumbria’s lead.”

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5 comments

  1. Anon says:

    As some one who has worked in A&E for many year and, for many year in a trauma centre i personaly and professionaly think that this hospital is a good thing. The way America works its hospitals is something we should look into. Having Major trauma centres (level 1 hospitals) that see all major trauma and illness. A city hospital (level 2) that can see trauma and illness, as well as walk in patients, and Urgent Care Centres (Level 3) that can see all minor ailments and injuries.

  2. Anonymous says:

    i wonder how many deaths will occur whilst patients are being transported from one hospital to another?

    • Lesley says:

      If anyone in the Cramlington area needed urgent care they would have to be take to Wansbeck, RVI, Freemand Road or Rake Lane all taking about 20 minutes and it has been that way forever. How many lives have been lost over the years because of that.

      We are getting a state of the art hospital and people are still complaining.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Unfortunately Mr Keogh seems to have overlooked the fact that the major trauma centre together with all the appropriate adult and childrens facilities are down the road in Newcastle.
    The development of the new Cramlington hospital took no account of these facts.