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Patients move into new hospital

Patients are being transferred to a new £37m hospital on Teesside as it becomes fully operational.

The facility in West Dyke Road, Redcar, replaces services at the 28-bed Stead Primary Care Hospital in Kirkleatham.

It also houses five GP surgeries, a day theatre and endoscopy suite. There are about 200 free parking spaces.

Emergency care practitioners can treat minor injuries and ailments at its urgent care centre, and refer people to the outpatient department if necessary.

Jan Gilligan, clinical matron for the NHS Redcar and Cleveland hospital, said that ahead of the move on Monday staff had been working hard to ensure everything ran smoothly.

"They have been working extra hours to make up beds and unpack, and we have additional staff on today so we have a nurse to escort each ambulance that takes a patient over," she said.

"The new hospital will be absolutely fantastic for the patients."

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