Cramlington family upset by £200m hospital plans

A FAMILY’S dream home could soon be ruined by the building of a new emergency care hospital just yards from their house.

Margaret Povey, henry povey

A FAMILY’S dream home could soon be ruined by the building of a new emergency care hospital just yards from their house.

Henry and Margaret Povey bought a plot of land at Lanercost Park, in Cramlington, Northumberland, 13 years ago and built a bungalow there in 2003 in which to bring up their two sons Scott, now 16, and Ryan, 13.

But the family has been told the peace they enjoy could stop with a helipad being built just metres from the boundary of their property.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is proposing to build a multi-million pound specialist emergency care hospital south of East Cramlington and next to the A189 spine road.

Mr Povey, 45, said: “We bought the plot of land to build our dream home and love where we live, but all that could be taken away by the building of the new hospital next to us.

“We’ve looked at the plans and helicopters bringing patients to the hospital will land at a helipad which is within 20 metres of our home’s border. The noise disturbance we will get from ambulances and helicopters will be huge and will undoubtedly affect our quality of life. My wife is extremely upset about what’s happening and is losing sleep over it.

“My children have grown up in this house and we’re worried that we’re going to get pushed out because we won’t be able to bear the noise.”

In the £200m proposals, health chiefs want to transfer all serious emergency care cases from North Tyneside and Wansbeck general hospitals to the new centre.

Emergency care, consultant-led maternity services and special care baby units will be moved from the two hospitals to the acute care site.

Mr Povey, a building surveyor, and Mrs Povey, 43, a nursery nurse, have set up an online petition in protest and are asking people to submit their objections to povey.hospitalpetition@gmail.com

Steve Russell, director of emergency care for Northumbria Healthcare, said: “We want to involve the community throughout the development and do all we can to take their views into account. It is for this reason that we met local residents earlier this year and again over the last few days. In the most recent meetings we invited the 1,500 households that are closest to the site to meet us, look at the plans and share their views.

“We were pleased that the vast majority of local residents we met were in favour of the hospital plans. However, we appreciate that some people may be more affected by the development than others. We will continue to do all we can to take the views of local people into account to minimise any impact the development may have.

“The hospital will dramatically improve emergency care, saving lives and enabling patients to make a better recovery.”

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