Monday, 26 September 2011

Permission granted for New Hospital Build

Northumberland County Council has today published on its website the report for the planning and environment committee on Tuesday, October 4. This includes the specialist emergency care hospital. This can be found at:
Jim Mackey, chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are encouraged by the planning officer’s recommendation to grant planning permission for the specialist emergency care hospital. This is a significant step forward however we recognise that further work will be required before development can start. 
“The state-of-the-art hospital is part of our £200million investment to bring world-class care to our communities and, if approved, will save lives and dramatically improve care for patients in Northumberland and North Tyneside.
“It will be among the first in the UK to have specialist A & E consultants on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week and specialists from all the main clinical conditions will be on duty during the day and evening and on-call during the night.
“Alongside the health benefits, the hospital represents an investment of £2.7m per month through the construction period employing, across the lifetime of the build, around 1,000 people.
“Throughout the process of planning the specialist emergency care hospital we have involved the public and engaged with the local community and amended the scheme, where possible, to address concerns.

“The site has been identified following rigorous analysis which confirmed there are no alternative sites which are suitable, available or viable.”

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