A COMEDIAN will officially open a new North East emergency care centre.
Jo Brand will do the honours at South Tyneside District Hospital on Friday.
Ms Brand was invited by South Shields MP and Sunderland AFC vice-chairman David Miliband.
She has experience of working in the NHS, having been a psychiatric nurse for more than a decade before becoming a household name in comedy.
The £8million Emergency Care Centre was developed over two years.
It has dedicated emergency care facilities for adults and children, together with specialist areas for major and minor injuries and an emergency assessment unit.
Chief Executive of South Tyneside NHS Foundation, Trust Lorraine Lambert, said: “We are very proud of our new Emergency Care Centre and delighted that Jo Brand and David Miliband will be supporting the public launch of this excellent service.”