Work begins on new super hospital

Construction has begun on what health officials say will be a revolutionary new hospital for Northumberland.

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Duchess starts work on new super hospital

Duchess starts work on new hospital Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Duchess of Northumberland takes to an excavator to officially start work on Northumberland's new emergency hospital.

Duchess meets designers Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Duchess meets some of those who designed the new super hospital for Northumberland, and doctors and nurses who will work there when it's complete.

Duchess meets designers Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Work begins on new super hospital

Artist's impression of the super hospital being built in Cramlington. Credit: ITV

The Duchess of Northumberland will climb into an excavator to mark the start of construction on a new super hospital for the county.

She will perform a ground breaking ceremony before meeting staff who have designed the new hospital, and planned a new approach to emergency care.

The new hospital, just off the A189 near Cramlington, will be the first in the country to offer 24 hour specialist A&E care.

Patients who are seriously ill or injured will be brought to the new hospital by ambulance where they will be seen by skilled specialists in their condition.

For example, cardiologists, respiratory consultants and surgeons will be available seven days a week.

The new hospital is expected to open in 2015.

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