A major new health facility in the county has moved a step closer to opening.
Construction of the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, which has generated scores of jobs and investment in the two-year build, has been completed and handed over to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, a group of staff are pictured above.
It is on track to open in June and the trust is now preparing the building to welcome patients and staff by installing and testing equipment and carrying out staff training and induction sessions.
The state-of-the-art development near Cramlington is the first of its kind in England dedicated to emergency care, with emergency care consultants on site 24/7. Consultants in a broad range of conditions will also offer services seven days a week.
Dr Chris Biggin, emergency medicine consultant and clinical director for emergency care at the trust, said: “It is excellent that after 10 years of planning, and two years of construction, we are able to start kitting out the building with everything we need to be able to deliver the highest-quality of emergency care to our patients.”
Visit www.northumbria.nhs.uk/emergency for more information.