Plans for new hospital in Northumbria


Trust unveils plans for 21st-century development

The creation of a new hospital in the heart of Berwick, Northumbria, is a step closer to reality with the development of plans for the facility.

Frontline clinical teams and other staff members are being asked for their views on the proposals to create a modern, purpose-built medical centre for the area.

Paul Brayson, project manager at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have wanted for a long time to progress our plans for a new hospital in Berwick and talking to our frontline teams is the first important step in this process.

“It is important that all our staff have the chance to fully participate in these initial discussions to help us ensure that the design of the new hospital provides the very best environment for patients in the future.

“Our frontline colleagues have the best insight and knowledge as to the difficulties with the existing old building and where we can make real improvements to our patients’ experience of care in a modern facility.

“Their input will also be vital when we come to discuss the logistics of a phased build.”

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The trust announced at the end of last year its intention to rebuild Berwick Infirmary on the existing town centre site after listening to the views of local people. Once initial discussions with staff and other partners are complete, it can move forward to appoint an architect team and contractor to develop a detailed technical design.