Berwick hospital plans to go on public display

Berwick Infirmary will be rebuilt
Berwick Infirmary will be rebuilt

Plans for a £25 million redevelopment of Berwick Infirmary will go on public display next week.

The architect’s plans for the long-awaited new development will be on show at The Maltings on Wednesday, March 30 from 10 to 4pm.

A further drop-in session takes place on Thursday, April 21 from 4.30pm to 7pm in the Mather Unit waiting area at Berwick Infirmary.

Members of the public are invited to drop in to get a preview of the new facility before a formal planning application is submitted to Northumberland County Council.

The new hospital will provide purpose-built facilities to deliver all the services currently provided from Berwick Infirmary.

This includes a 30-bed inpatient ward, outpatient clinics, a minor injuries unit, maternity services, diagnostics, physiotherapy, chemotherapy and day surgery/endoscopy. It will also accommodate Well Close Medical Group and community nurses.

Building is scheduled to start in summer 2017.

Annaluisa Wood, matron for Berwick Infirmary, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be in a position to share our architectural plans with staff, stakeholders and the public and welcome people’s views.

“Our frontline staff have put a great deal of thought into the designs to ensure they provide the best possible environment and experience for patients. We encourage people to come along to the sessions for a preview of the new hospital facility on the way for Berwick.

“As I’m sure everyone will appreciate, building a new hospital on the existing Berwick Infirmary site presents logistical challenges and this is the local community’s opportunity to ask any questions.”

The new hospital is being funded through a loan from the county council.