In May 2019, the CCG in partnership with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust announced that the £25 million investment in a new stand-alone hospital for Berwick would be located on the site of the current Infirmary.
This decision was made after both the CCG and the Trust listened to, and reflected on, local views on previous proposals to develop a joint site with the Swan leisure centre. Following this feedback, and a review of the alternative options, a conclusion was reached to develop a new hospital on the existing site.
A project group, made up of key stakeholders was developed and now meets monthly to progress with the plans for the new hospital and all plans will be shared with committee members, key stakeholders and the local community as soon as possible.
Engagement activity has been carried out regularly since the announcement in May including stalls in Berwick market, a roadshow trailer and staff and stakeholder meetings.