Work begins on new hospital

Spectators look on as the official turf cutting ceremony. Credit: ITV News

Construction work has begun on a new hospital at Ryhope

The development is part of a £68 million investment by the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust to improve patient accommodation.

As part of the project a new 122 bed mental health hospital will be built to replace the old Cherry Knowle hospital, and a 24 bed dementia care unit constructed at Monkwearmouth Hospital for Sunderland and South Tyneside residents.

The Mayor of Sunderland attended an official turf cutting ceremony earlier this afternoon to celebrate the work beginning.

The first turf was cut at the site this morning. Credit: ITV News