South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest hospital trust in the Tees Valley serving the people of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Hambleton and Richmondshire and beyond.

The trust runs The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton as well as providing a range of community services in Hambleton and Richmondshire, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.

We have a workforce of around 9,300 providing specialist regional services to 1.5million people in the Tees Valley and parts of Durham, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

We are proud to deliver world-class cardiothoracic, cancer, spinal, major trauma, cochlear implant, neurosciences, vascular, gynaecology and urology care across the region.

Providing leading edge care

South Tees was one of first trusts in the UK to develop the state-of-the-art cancer treatment stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR) and we are one of only three hospital trusts in the UK operating three robotic surgical systems.

We are also an international flagship site for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI), an advanced procedure in which a team of specially trained consultants replace narrowed heart valves without the need for open heart surgery.

Since bringing cardiothoracic surgery to Teesside in 1993, we’ve carried out almost 40,000 cardiothoracic operations and implanted more than 11,000 pacemakers.

COVID-19 response

During the last year, our clinicians have treated more than 4,000 patients with COVID-19 and it is testament to the hard work and dedication of our fantastic colleagues that, at the same time, they delivered more than 25,000 operations, including over 14,500 planned surgeries for patients whose needs have been equally urgent.

Our laboratory colleagues were amongst the first in the country to develop round the clock on-site testing for COVID-19 and James Cook was one of the world’s first COVID vaccination centres.

Our significant contribution to the COVID-19 research effort is a mark of our determination to remain at the forefront of clinical research as a driver of safe, quality care.

Alongside our commitment to research, our position as one country’s highest ranked medical training organisations, and as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer, characterises our commitment to our people and communities.

Our commitment to you

As a clinically-led organisation, the safety and wellbeing of our patients, service users and staff, underpinned by the quality of the care we provide, is at the heart of our mission.

Our patients and service users are at the heart of everything we do. We strive to continually provide the highest standard of experience of care to every patient and service user. We proactively seek patient feedback to identify good practice and implement improvements where necessary to ensure we are meeting expectations.


Our history

  • 1999 – we signed a multi-million pound concession agreement with Mowlem (John) and Co for the redevelopment of the South Cleveland Hospital site under a PFI (private finance initiative)
  • 2001 – South Cleveland Hospital was renamed The James Cook University Hospital to reflect its local heritage and growing research and academic links.
  • April 2002 – the trust merged with the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton
  • August 2003 – we completed the £155million PFI initiative to transfer all of our Middlesbrough services onto the one site at James Cook. The scheme meant the closure of Middlesbrough General Hospital, North Riding Infirmary and the neuro-rehabilitation unit at West Lane Hospital
  • 2007 – a £21million redevelopment of the Friarage was completed
  • May 2009 – We became a foundation trust
  • August 2011 –  community services staff from Hambleton, Richmondshire, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland joined our organisation as part of the government’s ‘Transforming Community Services’ agenda
  • May 2012 – The Endeavour Unit opened at James Cook. The state-of-the-art radiotherapy centre was part of a £35million service expansion, placing the Middlesbrough hospital among the best in Europe for cancer treatment
  • 2014 –  Robotic surgery launched at James Cook when the hospital got its first da Vinci robot
  • December 2018 – The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre opens at The Friarage