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Overnight hospital services suspended again - six months after a 'temporary' introduction


Overnight emergency care at three North East hospitals has been suspended for another three months as the region continues to struggle with high demand for its services.

In December last year, the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust announced it was scrapping 24 hour care at its urgent care centres in Hexham , North Tyneside and Wansbeck during the winter months.

Instead they opening times would be 8am to midnight, seven days a week, with staff redeployed to the Northumbria Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington .

Trust bosses said the move was an “essential temporary measure” as staff prepared for an extremely busy winter.

But in March, they said the arrangements would be extended for another three months and reviewed again in June.

Now the trust has confirmed overnight services will continue to be suspended over the summer and into September.

View the full article at The Chronicle

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