New Berwick hospital will offer '˜best of modern healthcare'

Plans for a new Berwick hospital have taken another step forward as Northumberland County Council's health and wellbeing overview and scrutiny committee approved plans to move forward to the next stage.

Tuesday, 4th September 2018, 16:42 pm
Updated Wednesday, 5th September 2018, 06:23 am
The Swan Centre in Berwick.

The development will see £25million invested in a new hospital and result in a truly world-class facility containing all of the services found on the current site with the ambition to add to them as new technology comes online.

The total investment in Berwick will rise to £45 million if Northumberland County Council agree next week (September 10) that the leisure centre is located on the same site.

Dr Colin Doig, Medical Director and Consultant Cardiologist at Northumbria Healthcare said: “The new facility builds on similar but not identical previous examples from around the country and takes them to the next level. Services currently provided within the current hospital will be re-provided within the new facility which will benefit staff and patients alike.

“The Swan Centre site has been chosen as it balances the competing demands of size, accessibility and cost. The site is just over a mile from the current Infirmary, accessible by bus and has far better direct road access than the existing hospital.

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“If all goes to plan the site will play host to the new hospital and leisure facility and be at the heart of the community for decades to come.”

Janet Guy, chair of NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group said: “We are pleased that the committee agreed to our proposal, bringing us another step closer to fulfilling our plans for the new development.

“The committee considered that our engagement exercise was comprehensive, our plans did not substantially vary from the current services and would ensure that the future healthcare needs of the people of Berwick would be met.

“We now await the decision by the Council’s cabinet on September 10. If approved, we hope to begin working with the local community as quickly as possible to make sure their views help shape the design and development of the new integrated facility.”