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.

Accident and emergency James Cook Hospital

Our Trust runs The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton as well as community services in Hambleton and Richmondshire, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.

We have a workforce of around 9,000 providing a range of specialist regional services to 1.5million people in the Tees Valley and parts of Durham, North Yorkshire and Cumbria, with a particular expertise in heart disease, trauma, neurosciences, renal services, cancer services and spinal injuries.

Our history

Key changes of note during the Trust’s history include:

  • In 1999, we signed a multi-million pound concession agreement with Mowlem (John) & Co for the redeveloment of the South Cleveland Hospital site under a PFI – Private Finance Initiative.
  • In 2001, South Cleveland Hospital was renamed The James Cook University Hospital to reflect its local heritage and growing research and academic links.
  • In April 2002, the Trust merged with the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.
  • In August 2003, we completed the £155million PFI initiative to transfer all of our Middlesbrough services onto the one site at The James Cook University Hospital. The scheme meant the closure of Middlesbrough General Hospital, North Riding Infirmary and the neuro-rehabilitation unit at West Lane Hospital.
  • In 2007, a £21million redevelopment of the Friarage was completed.
  • In May 2009, the Trust received its terms of authorisation from Monitor.
  • In 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

Focusing on what really matters to patients

We want people to choose to be treated here because we can show we deliver high quality, safe, patient care thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff.

Friarage site Northallerton

We want you to be seen quickly because we know waiting for treatment or an operation can be a particularly anxious time.

We want you to be assured our wards and departments at The James Cook University Hospital, the Friarage Hospital and our community hospitals are clean and we are doing everything we can to reduce the risk of infection. We also want patients to feel safe when they are in our care and that they are treated with dignity and respect.

The trust’s continual high performance has earned us national recognition as a healthcare centre of excellence and we are proud of what we have achieved so far – a pride we hope is shared by the population we serve. Our aim now is to continue to build on what matters to you.