Hospital chiefs rule out hunt for new site

The project manager in charge of the £25 million plans to rebuild Berwick Infirmary has ruled out searching for a new site.

Friday, 22nd July 2016, 08:15 am
Updated Wednesday, 20th July 2016, 13:17 pm
Seton Hall

Paul Brayson, of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust, was speaking after a call to re-examine potential sites.

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Cllr Eric Goodyer, raising concerns whether the existing site is big enough, asked if sites such as Seton Hall had been considered.

Mr Brayson said: “The trust tried for four or five years to secure a site somewhere in the town. As an NHS provider, we are not in a position to compete with a commercial developer so although some sites may potentially have been available, we could not afford them. We thought we might have had a site at Berwick Academy but could not get a final decision from central government. We got to the point where we needed to come up with something. The prospect of going back two years and starting the search again is not something we would consider.”