University Hospital loses emergency care services
Posted: October 4, 2013
Posted in: Medical Negligence
The University Hospital of Hartlepool is losing its emergency and critical care services to North Tees Hospital in Stockton, as required standards are proving difficult to meet. Doctors have raised concerns about working between the two sites, so the trust has decided to move the services to ensure the “safest possible” patient care. The trust said that despite the move, patients who require any emergency or critical care treatment would be taken to the University Hospital of North Tees by ambulance.
This move comes prior to both hospitals being replaced by a new £300m “super-hospital” that is due to open at Wynyard Park. The North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust started a bidding process for the building contract, and hopes that the hospital will be open by around 2017.
‘Similar to taking out a mortgage’
An independent review of the outline business case found that expressions of interest are also being welcomed for pension funds to lend the money. This will work in a way which is similar to taking out a mortgage – said the chair of the trust, Paul Garvin. He said: “we borrow the money, we build the building, and we pay it back year on year.”
Prior to the opening of this “super-hospital”, as from the 7th of October, residents of Hartlepool, Peterlee, Easington and Sedgefield will be required to go to North Tees Hospital for treatment. This will ensure that patients receive the level of care that they deserve before the opening of the hospital in Wynyard Park.
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