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13 January 2015, 06:00
Heart's been given a behind the scenes tour of a new, £32 million emergency care centre that's being built at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead.
The state-of-the-art centre will mean patients will be able to be seen more quickly.
It includes an accident and emergency department, walk-in centre and urgent children's services.
There's also a modern centre for short stay patients at the top of the new building – with quick access to the rest of the hospital for people requiring a longer stay or surgery.
A video featuring the benefits of the centre's below:
Ian Renwick, chief executive of QE Gateshead told Heart:
"This is a really exciting time for the QE because our plans for the future are starting to become a reality. Work is now almost complete on the exciting new £32m Emergency Care Centre which will provide an amazing new building for people in Gateshead.
Whether it is for a sprained ankle or a child with a really high temperature, or for broken bones, major accidents and strokes and heart attacks, this new centre will provide a single point of focus and access for patients in an emergency.
It will be a unique hospital building and the environment for patients and visitors will be something special. We’re really proud of the public art that we’ve commissioned as part of the building and I’m sure this will help create a soothing, calming and modern environment that is the hallmark of successful new hospitals right across the world. It also fits well with the heritage and tradition of strong public art in Gateshead that has been so successful over the past 20 years.
This innovative new facility will not only provide a state-of-the-art unit right here in Gateshead, but will also revolutionise the patient experience during medical emergencies. Our patients will have greater dignity because they will not need to be moved long distances across the hospital for treatment and will also experience improved surroundings with single bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms."