NORTHUMBRIA SPECIALIST EMERGENCY CARE HOSPITAL

When an emergency arises, seeing the right specialist can greatly improve a patient’s survival rate. The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust set an ambitious goal as part of a £200million investment to improve healthcare for people in Northumberland and North Tyneside – by creating a hospital that will provide on-site emergency care consultants 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is the first purpose-built hospital of its kind offering this level of medical cover in England.

DESIGN AND VISION

The new model at Northumbria is in line with the vision outlined in the NHS Five Year Forward View to develop networks of linked hospitals that ensure patients with the most serious needs get to specialist emergency centres, and that hospital patients always have access to services. The Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust invested £75 million to build the new state-of-the-art Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital with a further £15million invested new equipment, roads and infrastructure.

The hospital has been designed to provide a modern approach to care, focusing on the patient’s needs during their stay. Most of the 282 beds will have single en-suite rooms, facilitating the management of patients with mixed dependency factors and will reduce the risk of the spread of infection.

Upon completion in Spring 2015 the hospital will serve the 500,000 people of North Tyneside and Northumberland.

CONSTRUCTION

The building consists of a two/ three-storey in-situ free-form concrete frame structure, typically faced in render. The new 30,000m2 building will provide Inpatients wards, Accident & Emergency Care, Operating theatres, Critical Care, Maternity and Paediatricians, Radiology, MRI and X-ray, Pharmacy, Mortuary and Pathology and a Cafeteria.

Working for their client Farpod, EOS custom manufactured 20,000m2 of steel structural systems and pods for the hospital, a value of £350,000. EOS were appointed to work on this project due to the quality of the product – offering a versatile building system and enabling rapid construction whilst providing a lightweight solution with high strength.

POSITIVE OUTCOMES

The project team have targeted a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating and has achieved a 45/50 Considerate Constructor score.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director of NHS England commented: “This hospital is a glimpse of the future and sets the standard for other NHS organisations across the country. This purpose built facility will have the right people, at the right place, with the right equipment. We should be proud of this hospital offering excellent emergency care for the local population. ”

Construction of the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, which has generated scores of jobs and investment in the region over the two-year build, has now been completed and handed over to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The hospital is on track to open in June 2015.

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