June 25, 2008

The Journal: Young Benefit From NHS Promise

ACTRESS Charlie Hardwick fell victim to pride, not hyperbole, when she referred yesterday to the creation of a jewel in the crown of the North of England.

By that she meant the children's hospital being built at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. It really does seem destined to be an absolute corker.

The plan is to bring together almost all children's specialist medical services in a 245-bed complex fitted with the latest equipment and technology.

No wonder the expectation is that the new centre will further enhance the already major role played by the RVI in the treatment of the nation's children.

The scheduled opening in 2010 is ambitious, achievable and reflective of the enormous effort put in already.

It also highlights Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust's desire to deliver an important element of the improved services long promised to patients.

The promise carries weight beyond the city's boundaries too. As the comments of Teesside consultant Mohammed Kibirige illustrate, there is a large gap waiting to be filled across the North East and Cumbria.

There will be clowns, a cinema, penthouse suites for patients and accommodation for families alongside the best treatment the NHS can provide.

Not a bad way to mark the health service's 60th birthday, is it?

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