£4.5m high dependency unit opened at hospital

A NEW £4.5m general high dependency unit has opened its doors to patients at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

The James Cook University Hospital supports critical life-saving regional services such as the major trauma centre, vascular surgery, neurosurgery and major abdominal surgery and treats people from Hartlepool and east Durham.

Patient outcomes at the hospital are already among the best in the country for patients needing specialist services from across the region who require high level critical care.

The development of a 16-bed centralised unit, caring for any patient in the hospital who needs a higher, more specialised level of care, will enable our clinical teams to improve patient safety and incorporates both surgical and general (medical) HDU beds in one place.