Concerns have been raised about the strain that might be placed on Berwick Infirmary if Scotland go independent in September.
Northumberland County Council last week approved a £25million loan to Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust to build a new hospital in the town. Speaking at the meeting, Berwick Town Councillor Tom Forrester asked what impact an independent Scotland would have.
“If Scotland goes independent and we’re not allowed to use the Borders General for more urgent cases, is there space in the plans to increase the facilities provided at Berwick?” he asked.
The trust said that there was scope for growth at Berwick, but added that its new specialist emergency care hospital would cater for more urgent cases.
Project manager Paul Brayson said: “We have a separate system anyway in the way that money moves and I wouldn’t see that change. But in terms of emergency care the future for Northumberland is Cramlington.”