A NEW multi-million pound hospital has been officially opened.

Tees Valley Treatment Centre, which was previously based in the One Life Building on Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough, has moved to a brand new site on Church Lane, behind St Mary’s Church on the grounds of Acklam Hall.

The hospital is open to both NHS and private patients, providing surgical, medical and assessment services.

The £23.2m two-storey building includes12 day patient pods, 19 en-suite bedrooms, an outpatient department with facilities for minor procedures, a diagnostic imaging department, a physiotherapy suite and rehabilitation gym.

Ramsay Health Care UK, who are behind the new hospital, were joined by Middlesbrough councillors, as well as representatives from Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation and Middlesbrough College, winners of the naming competition and members of the local healthcare community to open the facility last week.

Donna Thornton, general manager of Tees Valley Hospital, said: “We are delighted to announce our vision for a bespoke patient centred hospital has finally come to fruition.

"The journey to date has been busy, exhilarating, exciting and hard work and the finished product has exceeded my expectations.

“Tees Valley is now open to anyone who has a healthcare need whether they are an NHS, insured or a private patient and will continue to meet the communities’ high demand for its services.

"We look forward to providing Middlesbrough and surrounding areas with a fantastic patient experience, high quality clinical care from some of the best consultants in the region and a broader range of services in a clean, crisp, modern, welcoming environment."

Dr Andy Jones, Ramsay Health Care UK chief executive, added, said: “The team at Tees Valley Treatment Centre have provided wonderful care to so many patients over the past 10 years.

"I am delighted with the new hospital which has been able to expand its services to provide a patient-centred one-stop journey for healthcare services and excellent care which is at the heart of Ramsay’s philosophy of people caring for people."