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Wansbeck A&E gets new bays in £1m upgrade

Wansbeck Hospital A&E
Image caption The A&E unit has 12 new asessment bays

The accident and emergency department at a Northumberland hospital has undergone a £1m revamp.

Wansbeck General Hospital's A&E now boasts a new, rapid assessment and treatment unit (RATU) with 12 bays.

The busy unit deals with around 200 patients a day with a range of symptoms including chest pain and diabetic complications.

Patients can spend up to 48 hours in the RATU before they are transferred to a specialist ward or discharged.

The money has also been spent on upgrading the A&E shower and toilet facilities.

Steve Russell, director for medicine and emergency care at Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust which runs the hospital, said: "Patient numbers are rising daily and these improvements to our accident and emergency department mean we can treat more patients in an environment which is much more spacious and modern."

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