Figures show hospital use

Staff at Northumbria Healthcare's new specialist emergency care hospital near Cramlington.
Staff at Northumbria Healthcare's new specialist emergency care hospital near Cramlington.

Nearly 24,000 people have attended emergency care, with 12,700 people admitted, since The Northumbria hospital opened its doors four months ago.

New figures also reveal that 11,169 ambulances have arrived at the hospital and 858 babies have been born in the new birthing centre.

The Duchess of Northumberland met staff and patients when she officially opened the specialist emergency care hospital in Cramlington yesterday.

She learned about the latest diagnostic equipment in the radiology department adjacent to the emergency department. This allows direct access to the CT scanning area, where emergency care teams are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Diagnostics available seven days a week means that patients are diagnosed quickly and treatment started early by senior consultants.

Initial data shows this new model of care is benefiting the local population by reducing the number of admissions into hospital and reducing the overall length of stay.

The hospital has attracted attention nationally and internationally with teams from all over the UK visiting to hear about the new way of delivering emergency care.