Construction work has begun on a new multi-million pound hospital for Northumberland. It will only treat emergencies - making it the first of its kind in the country.
There was a first too for the Duchess of Northumberland - climbing aboard an excavator to officially start the building work.
The new hospital, in Cramlington, will be the first in the country that will only provide emergency care, with specialist A&E consultants on duty twenty four hours a day.
The Duchess of Northumberland takes to an excavator to officially start work on Northumberland's new emergency hospital.
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.
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.