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Care in hospitals

We want to reduce reliance on hospital-based care across Northumberland by enhancing access to care in other settings closer to people’s home.  Our hospitals will still continue to play a vital role as part of an integrated system, providing both emergency and urgent care, as well as planned care for routine operations and procedures, but people should only be in a hospital setting if absolutely necessary

The opening of the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in June 2015 and the redesigning of urgent care services at general hospital sites marked the first important phase of work in Northumberland to transform care and improve outcomes for patients:

  • emergency medicine consultants are on site 24/7 to provide acute care for serious emergencies
  • specialty consultants work seven days a week from 8am until 8pm
  • patients are receiving faster diagnosis, leading to earlier treatment, improved outcomes and a reduced length of stay in hospital
  • 24/7 urgent care centres for walk-in patients at Wansbeck and Hexham general hospital sites are now available, led by highly experienced emergency nurse practitioners and supported by doctors

As well as 24/7 urgent care centres, general hospitals at Wansbeck  and Hexham provide a vast array of services for people who are coming into hospital for planned care.  This includes a full range of diagnostic testing, inpatient wards and outpatient clinics covering a vast array of specialties.


Community hospitals in Alnwick, Berwick, Blyth, Haltwhistle, Morpeth and Rothbury provide ongoing inpatient care to those requiring a longer stay in hospital to recover from illness or injury – this is often frail, elderly people.  They also provide a range of diagnostic tests, outpatient clinics covering a vast array of specialties.


People living across Northumberland also have access to a number of specialised services which are provided by Newcastle Hospitals on behalf of the whole region.  This includes things like transplants, heart services, the Great North Children’s Hospital and the Northern Centre for Cancer Care and Renal Services Centre.  Other specialised services for people living in Northumberland include mental health services provided by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.