Gateshead Queen Elizabeth Hospital is set to see the construction of a new emergency care centre after a developer was chosen to take on the project.

Miller Construction has won the contract to design and construct the £22 million building which will see a new focal point created for the entrance of the north-east hospital, boosting the health facility's service to the people of Gateshead and the surrounding area. The 9,500 sq m emergency care centre will link to the current hospital and will have a specified department dedicated to urgent cases located on the upper ground floor.

The company was handed the contract by the Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust through the ProCure 21+ Framework and is expected to have the project completed and ready for patients by July 2014.

It will see staff be able to take advantage of new offices, changing facilities as well as giving the area's NHS the opportunity to maximise commercial revenues through a retail unit. Gateshead currently has two major hospitals with the Queen Elizabeth being spread out across a number of locations in the north-east town.

Peter Harding, director of estates and facilities at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We are extremely pleased to announce the award of the contract for the proposed emergency care centre to Miller Construction. We were very impressed with their credentials and look forward to working with them over the coming months to start the build of this exciting capital project."

Miller also revealed that it has been identified to be the lead contractor of a pathology centre which will serve a number of cities across the north-east as part of £12 million development.

Elsewhere, the Welsh government revealed that three health boards across the country benefited from a cash injection of £12 million from central government. Aneurin Bevan, Cwm Taf and Powys Teaching all received £4 million each in order to reach their financial targets for the year and continue care for patients using the service in the affected areas.

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