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New emergency care hospital for North East

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A new emergency care hospital is to be built in Northumberland after plans were approved at a trust board meeting.

NHS North of Tyne approved the proposal which was made by Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

The hospital is part of a £200m investment scheme which will see services improved over the next ten years.

It will be built just east of Cramlington in the south east of Northumberland.

Throughout the consultation, the location of the new hospital was controversial and it was clear that no one site would suit everyone.

The board accepted the conclusions of two independent reports on the best location for the new hospital and noted that the site decision was still subject to site acquisition, local authority planning and highways consent.

Assurances were given that public transport plans, patient transport arrangements and facilities for relatives and carers would be properly addressed as the development goes ahead.

Chris Reed, chief executive of NHS North of Tyne, said: “These developments will bring great improvements in facilities and services, offering better choices for people across the area. People are rightly anxious that there must be the greatest possible choice of services and hospitals.

“Some patients arrive in a ‘blue light’ ambulance and for speed they will always be taken to the nearest hospital that can provide the proper clinical care. For the majority of patients though, they will want to discuss their options with their GPs and decide which hospital they should go to.”

The board also received assurances on the future role of the three general hospitals of Wansbeck, North Tyneside and Hexham, in continuing to deliver high quality and safe care for their local communities.

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