The Great North Children's Hospital
We have a great history of providing dedicated healthcare for children in the North East with the Sanderson and Fleming Children’s Hospitals built in the 19th century. These hospitals are long gone now as are most of the childhood ailments that claimed many young lives such as scarlet fever, diptheria and polio. Today our children’s services have an international reputation for the pioneering work of our dedicated staff and will soon have a brand new working environment – one which will provide a worthy home for the phenomenal work they do.
A Children's Hospital fit for the 21st Century
Due for completion in 2010, the new £100m children’s hospital will offer the very highest level of care to all youngsters, from toddlers to teenagers. Part of the ongoing transformation of the Newcastle Hospitals, this stunning building will be a beacon of excellence for the treatment of children in the North East and beyond.
With its circular, copper-clad exterior the building is sure to be as iconic a landmark as the Tyne Bridge and its neighbour, St James’ Park. Inside, the hospital is equally dramatic with its spectacular six-storey central atrium, coloured, curved corridors and multicoloured windows combining to create a real sense of space and light.
Designed to be as unlike a hospital as possible!
This is a hospital designed to look as little like a hospital as possible. It’s a nurturing environment, a place where children and their parents can feel more at ease, however long their stay. Staffed by world-class doctors and nursing staff using the very latest equipment and medical techniques, the new children’s hospital will care for young people with a huge variety of conditions.
However, all of our patients will definitely have one thing in common. Being in hospital is not top of their list of things to do! That’s why we’ve included a 50-seat cinema that will screen the very latest films, while the designers of our new ‘penthouse’ area at the children’s hospital should have a good idea of what teenagers want - they’re teenagers themselves. And because we know that kids of all ages need their own space, three out of four of the hospital’s 245 beds will be in private rooms. While en suite bathrooms and sleeping area for parents in their child’s bedroom are all part of a deliberate effort to create more privacy and improve conditions for both patients and their families.