Great North Children’s Hospital to bring expertise to Cumbria

THE Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle is aiming to bring expertise and specialist services to West, North and East Cumbria.

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust has been in discussion with The Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust about ways for local communities in Cumbria to access some specialist children’s services without the need for travelling long distances.

The Great North Children’s Hospital is one of only 14 major children’s centres in the UK and provides a full range of children’s services, all tailored to each and every child.

The hospital sees patients from across the UK as well as international patients and is nationally accredited in many services including diabetes, oncology, renal and Rheumatology.

The agreement clearly reflects one of Stephen Eames’ priorities as the newly appointed chief executive of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Mr Eames has stated that he wants much stronger partnership working with services such as paediatrics in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Mr Eames recently met with Sir Leonard Fenwick, chief executive of The Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, where both trusts agreed they are committed to driving forward this innovative approach to providing specialised children’s services.

This change would mean children living in West, North and East Cumbria could benefit from seeing specialists from the Great North Children’s Hospital in a local clinic.

The partnership will also link into the ongoing work of the Success Regime to form a clear clinical strategy for the future of the health economy in the region.​

Mr Eames said: “One of my key priorities when I started with the Trust three weeks ago was to forge close relationships with partner organisations to ensure we can offer our patients as many specialised services as possible close to their homes. The Great North Children’s Hospital is world renowned for providing some of the best specialised children’s services and it would be an invaluable addition to the range of services already provided across North and West Cumbria. I am delighted that we have the support from Newcastle Hospitals to move forward with these plans and I look forward to sharing more information about this partnership very soon.”

Dr David Rogers, medical director of NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “The plans and discussions with Newcastle are at a very early stage, but the potential development of their services here in Cumbria is very exciting.”