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North East could get specialist emergency care hospital

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Plans have been announced for a new specialist emergency care hospital, as well as proposed improvements to Wansbeck and North Tyneside general hospitals and rebuilding of community hospitals in Berwick and Haltwhistle.

The proposals, which would mean major changes to NHS services in Northumberland and North Tyneside, have been put out for public consultation until July 28

Lyn Dixon, NHS North of Tyne spokeswoman said: ‘The new hospital would enable Northumbria Healthcare to bring together a substantial team of specialists on one site.

‘Patients would be seen and treated very quickly by a consultant, and after two or three days would be either sent home or transferred to the general hospital nearest to where they live.

‘The views of local people are really important, and we need to take them into consideration before deciding whether or not to support these proposals.’

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