THE keys to a new £50million hospital have been handed over to health chiefs.
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust took ownership of Hopewood Park in Ryhope from builder Laing O’Rourke this week.
The complex is on the site of the former Ryhope General Hospital and will have 122 beds, replacing the Cherry Knowle Hospital and South Tyneside General Hospital’s mental health wards.
Patients will be admitted this summer.
James Duncan, acting chief executive of the trust, said: “This is a major step towards our objective of providing first class care in first class environments, in all of our health buildings. Hopewood Park will not only provide excellent inpatient facilities for this and future generations, it will also complement the work which is being carried out in our communities by our dedicated staff.”
Open days for people who will use the facilities, carers, staff and partners are planned.
, with others for members of the public.