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.
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A series of special pop up performances in Newcastle will mark the start of the Battle of the Somme.
Sir Peter Bazalgette will be among leading industry figures to be honoured by Sunderland University
Over two thousand men from the North East were killed in the battle. St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle is hosting today's commemorations.