When an emergency arises, seeing the right specialist can greatly improve a patient’s survival rate. The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust set an ambitious goal as part of a £200 million investment, to improve healthcare for people in Northumberland and North Tyneside. By creating a new state-of the-art hospital, The Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital provides onsite emergency care consultants 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is the first purpose-built hospital of its kind offering this level of medical cover in England.
Design and Vision
The new model at Northumbria is in line with the vision outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View to develop networks of linked hospitals that ensure patients with the most serious needs have specialist emergency centres, and that hospital patients always have access to services. The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust invested £75 million to build the new high-tech Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital with a further £15 million invested new equipment, roads and infrastructure.
The hospital has been designed to provide a modern approach to care, focusing on the patient’s needs during their stay. Most of the 282 beds are single ensuite rooms, facilitating the management of patients with mixed dependency factors and reducing the risk of the spread of infection.
The building consists of a two and three-storey in-situ free-form concrete frame structure, typically faced in render. The new 30,000m2 building will provide inpatients wards, accident & emergency care, operating theatres, critical care, maternity and paediatricians, radiology, MRI and X-ray, pharmacy, mortuary and pathology and a cafeteria.
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The project team have targeted a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating and have achieved a 45/50 Considerate Constructor score.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director of NHS England commented: “This hospital is a glimpse of the future and sets the standard for other NHS organisations across the country.
This purpose built facility will have the right people, at the right place, with the right equipment. We should be proud of this hospital offering excellent emergency care for the local population. ”
Construction of the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, generated scores of jobs and investment in the region over the two-year build, which has now been completed and handed over to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The hospital now serves 500,000 people of North Tyneside and Northumberland.
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