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Plans for Gateshead A&E revealed

An NHS trust in Gateshead has revealed plans to develop a new emergency care unit at the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

It is hoped the redevelopment of accident and emergency and a new medical assessment unit will transform emergency hospital care in Gateshead.

The construction work, which will take place over the next couple of years, has been made a top priority of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, which is looking to make a significant investment in improving emergency care facilities at the hospital.

Also included in the plans is a proposal to create a new main entrance to the hospital and paediatric emergency care facilities.

Speaking about the developments trust chief executive Ian Renwick said: “This exciting project is not just about a new building.

“We are very carefully looking at the whole of the patient experience from when patients arrive at hospital requiring emergency treatment and how we can provide the best care to suit their needs throughout their time in hospital.”

A site at the front of the current main entrance has been selected for the work, but so far there are no plans as to what the building will look like.