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Northern hospitals agree link-up

Child care in the north has received a boost due to a pioneering new partnership that has been announced between Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

Under the agreement, consultants from the Great North Children’s Hospital, which is based at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary, will be holding specialist clinics at Darlington Memorial Hospital and the University Hospital of North Durham. Consultants from Darlington and Durham will also be employed part-time at the children's hospital in order to improve their skills.

The £100m children’s hospital offers the very highest level of care to all youngsters, from toddlers to teenagers. Staffed by world-class doctors and nursing staff using the very latest equipment and medical techniques, it offers care for young people with a huge variety of conditions.

Dr John Furness, clinical lead for children’s Services at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, said: “For many years we have worked in close collaboration with colleagues at Newcastle. In paediatrics, sometimes patients will need to go to specialist centres for care and treatment. By strengthening our links with the Great North Children’s Hospital, the regional specialist centre for paediatrics, we can bring that expertise to patients in County Durham and Darlington and provide the best possible care for children as locally as possible.”

[quote top=Sir Leonard Fenwick, chief executive of Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, reciprocated, saying:] We are delighted to be operating in partnership with County Durham and Darlington health services so that the specialist needs of children, parents and carers are put first and foremost.[/quote]