Temporary changes to inpatient care at Berwick Hospital as building work progresses
The building of the new £35 million hospital in Berwick-upon-Tweed is now at a stage where changes to inpatient care are needed to ensure that the new hospital will open on schedule towards the end of 2024.
A new temporary 10-bed inpatient ward will be installed in the maternity car park while the hospital works continue. This is necessary to ensure that patients can remain on the hospital site in Berwick rather than be cared for elsewhere in Northumberland.
Some patients that would usually be admitted to Berwick Infirmary will be cared for in Alnwick depending on their clinical need.
Relocation of the ward will ensure the best completion date so that people from Berwick and other local communities can access the new 20-bed hospital as quickly as possible.
Maternity, oncology, ambulatory care and minor injury unit services will remain within the Berwick Infirmary building and will not be affected.
Northumbria Healthcare is working with Northumberland County Council to ensure that maternity patients have access to parking nearby.
Once the frame of the new hospital is up, stairs and floors will be installed along with an accessible rooftop. The building will be clad and glazed externally to weatherproof it and the building will be fitted out.
Finally, the remaining old hospital buildings will be demolished, the car park and access roads will be built, and landscaping work completed.
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