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External view of Berwick Infirmary

Northumbria Healthcare announces site of new Berwick hospital

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – in partnership with NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – today announced the £25million investment in a new stand-alone hospital for Berwick will be located on the site of the current Infirmary.

The decision comes after both organisations listened to, and reflected on, local views on previous proposals to develop a joint site with the Swan Centre for Leisure. Following this feedback, and a review of the alternative options, a conclusion has been reached to develop a new hospital on the existing site.

“We are delighted to be able to announce that the new hospital will be built on the site of the much loved (Berwick) Infirmary,” said Northumbria Healthcare CEO Sir James Mackey. “Following extensive joint public engagement, and a thorough review of all alternative sites, we believe this is the best option which also commands the support of both staff and the community – a factor which is very important to both the trust and the CCG. It is clear that the joint development was not what the town wanted. Instead, people demonstrated their support for a stand-alone hospital on the current site. Accordingly, we have listened, responded and worked together to come up with this plan as an alternative.”

Janet Guy, chair of Northumberland CCG agreed, saying: “This is great news for Berwick and we are delighted to see the project moving forward in a way that meets the needs of the local community. Patients are at the heart of our services and this decision is as a direct result of the feedback we have heard. We very much look forward to working with Northumbria Healthcare to provide a first class health facility for the people of Berwick. It’s very exciting and is brilliant news for both the NHS and the town.”

Both the trust and the CCG emphasised that the full £25million allocated for the project would be invested on the new hospital.

“It’s too early to have specific plans in place – though we are in preliminary talks with a number of possible developers – but we are working quickly to ensure we have plans to share as soon as possible,” continued Sir James.  “In particular we’ve listened to the local community’s concerns that they have to travel too far, too often, for relatively minor or routine appointments. As such, eradicating the need to travel for minor or routine appointments will be a driving force behind our plans and we will ensure we track and publish the number of miles patients have to travel on a yearly basis, with a clear aim to make significant reductions in this travel for patients.”

“The design will focus on flexibility, embracing new technology and, most importantly, ensuring outstanding care,” said Janet. “The emphasis will be on delivering as much as we safely can as close to patients as possible – including in primary care; the opportunities for which we are very excited about.”

The new hospital will represent the very latest in design and be ‘future proofed’; with all current services being retained and with a view to incorporating more where safe to do so.

“We fully expect that the new hospital will adapt and evolve over time – the NHS is ever-changing after all,” said Sir James. “I can confirm that all the services currently provided at the Infirmary will continue. In addition, I can also assure residents that we are looking very closely at what might safely be added – especially with the aid of new technology and ways of working – for instance, telemedicine. On a personal note, I would like to thank staff and the community for their patience and participation throughout this process. I know it’s been a long and sometimes frustrating road – a sentiment I share – but this is a big, positive step forward. Now we have a plan in place we are absolutely determined to get on with it. To that end, I very much look forward to working with the people of the town and surrounding area as we start work on the next phase.”

supporting young women

Berwick Youth Project supporting Period Poverty

49% of girls have missed a full day of school due to their period.

One in ten girls have been unable to afford sanitary wear.

Berwick Youth Project will be offering free sanitary protection for young women aged 13-25 in the area, with donations from the Food Bank @ Berwick Community Trust, The Red Box Project North Northumberland, and Tesco Berwick.  The aim is to provide a safe and confidential environment for girls to collect free sanitary protection.

Look out for our ‘TIME OF THE MONTH’ Logo.  Help us spread the word.

For more information contact Berwick Youth Project.

 

 

 

Berwick towin from the bridge

Berwick Hospital Drop-in Session

People are being invited to a drop-in session next Thursday 27 September, to give their views on plans for hospital and leisure development in Berwick.

Representatives from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland County Council will be at The Swan Centre from 10.00am to 12.00pm to listen to people’s views and answer any questions.

A spokesperson for the trust and council says: “We’re fully aware that some local people have concerns about co-locating a hospital and leisure centre on one site and we’d encourage residents to come along and talk to us about them so we can better understand how they feel.

“Ahead of the session we’d like to reassure people that the funding for the new hospital is secure as is the funding for the new leisure centre. We look forward to meeting people on the day.”

Visit the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust website for more information.

Events

Carers Rights Day 2018

Carers Rights Day 2018

Are you a carer? Do you know your rights?

Come along to this Carers Rights Day event which this year has the theme ‘Caring for your Future’.

There will be lots of information and advice on:

Carers Rights, Paying for Care, Welfare Rights, Employment, Local Carer Support and much more.

Stall holders include: Healthwatch Northumberland, Welfare Rights Unit, Adult Services, Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society, Citizens Advice Bureau, Hospice Care North Northumberland, Bridge Project, Northumberland Cancer Awareness, NTW mental Health services, Escape Family Support.

Try a relaxing therapy or a craft and have a cuppa with a Key Worker.

Shelves of coloured books

Berwick Library Drop-In

We will be at Berwick Library on Wednesday 10 October 1.00pm to 4.00pm, listening to local people about their experiences of health and social care services, as part of Northumberland Libraries health and wellbeing week.

Come and say hello to the team and tell us what you think of services in your area.

View of Berwick town from the bridge

Public Drop-in Session for Berwick Hospital Plans

People are being invited to a drop-in session next Thursday, 27 September to give their views on plans for hospital and leisure development in Berwick.
Representatives from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumberland County Council will be at the The Swan Centre from 10am to 12pm to listen to people’s views and answer any questions.A spokesperson for the trust and council said: “We’re fully aware that some local people have concerns about co-locating a hospital and leisure centre on one site and we’d encourage residents to come along and talk to us about them so we can better understand how they feel.

“Ahead of the session we’d like to reassure people that the funding for the new hospital is secure as is the funding for the new leisure centre. We look forward to meeting people on the day.”

We will be there to listen to people’s reactions to what they see and hear on the day.

gloved hands cupping a warm drink

Winter Warmer Event – Berwick

The annual Winter Warmer events from Ageing Well in Northumberland provide information on how to stay safe and well this winter, with organisations present from your local community.  The events are free and friendly – come along for a cuppa and a chat.

If you would like more information about this event please contact Sarah Aisbitt on: saisbitt@activenorthumberland.org.uk.

MS Society logo

MS Society Open Evening

Coming Together

The MS Society is holding a consultation session in Berwick for anyone affected by MS.

For more details please contact: sheila.greenwood@mssociety.org.uk.

 

Group of volunteers

Volunteer and Wellbeing Fair – Berwick upon Tweed

If you’ve ever thought about doing some volunteering or just want to feel a bit better in 2018, then come along to find out more about opportunities for you to get involved in things happening near to you. The event is brought to you by Northumberland CVA and as well as Healthwatch Northumberland, there’ll be all sorts of local organisations there including: Tyneside & Northumberland Mind, Northumbria Cancer Patient and Carer Group, Cygnus Support, Northumbria Police, Berwick Animal Rescue, Northumberland County Blind Association, Citizens Advice Bureau and many more.

For more information contact Northumberland CVA on: 01670 858688 or email: michelle.cadby@northumberlandcva.org.uk.