NHS England medical director Sir Bruce Keogh will lead a 'topping-out' ceremony at a hospital being built near Cramlington which is considered a British first.
When it opens in 2015, doctors at the specialist emergency care centre will treat patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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