South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Access to good NHS services is vitally important to more than 1.5 million patients, carers and families across the Tees Valley, North Yorkshire and beyond who depend and rely on them.

It is the top priority of everyone who works at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust too.

We provide a large number of specialist services – delivering world-class cancer, cardiothoracic, spinal, cochlear implant, neurosciences, gynaecology vascular and urology care for patients across our region.

We are one of only three hospital trusts in the UK operating three robotic surgical systems.

Our major trauma centre sees half of all trauma cases in the North East and Cumbria.

As an anchor tertiary provider we play an important role in ensuring that specialist care is available to patients across our region and that health inequalities are not exacerbated in our local communities.

The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough provides more than 37 different specialties all on one site.

The majority of these specialist services deliver care to patients and service users across Teesside, North Yorkshire and beyond.

Construction of a new £5million diagnostic hub is underway at our Friarage Hospital in Northallerton which serves communities across the Dales, North Yorkshire and Teesside.

Together with our three primary care hospital wards and local community NHS teams, we provide care closer to home for patients from Hawes to East Cleveland and everywhere in between.

We are a clinically-led organisation and by enabling clinicians to come together to shape and deliver the care they want for their patients, we were rated by our colleagues in the 2020 NHS Staff Survey as the most improved trust in the country.

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 of the 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 colleague, underpinned by the quality of the care we provide, is at the heart of our mission to put safety and quality first.

Caring for our communities

With more than 9,300 colleagues, we are the largest employer in Teesside.

We constantly work to positively contribute to our local area and improve health factors by:

  • working as a good partner
  • seeking to be a leader in bringing inward investment into Teesside and North Yorkshire
  • widening access to employment
  • continuing to reduce our environmental impact
  • supporting healthy and prosperous people and places

Our history

  • 1980 – South Cleveland Hospital built
  • November 1981 – South Cleveland Hospital opened by Duchess of Kent
  • April 1992 – Officially became a trust
  • 1999 – A multi-million pound concession agreement with Mowlem (John) and Co was signed for the redevelopment of the South Cleveland Hospital site under a PFI (private finance initiative)
  • November 2000 – Became South Tees Acute Hospital NHS Trust
  • 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 – A PFI initiative to transfer our Middlesbrough services onto the one site at James Cook was completed. 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 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 revealed its first da Vinci robot
  • December 2018 – The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre opened at The Friarage
  • January 2020 – The children’s critical care unit at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough became one of the first units of its kind in the country
  • 2020 – Laboratory teams at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust were amongst the first in the country to develop round the clock on-site testing for COVID-19
  • November 2020 – We became one of only three NHS trusts in the country to have three of its own surgical robots
  • December 2021 – The James Cook University Hospital became one of the world’s first COVID vaccination centres.
  • March 2021 – A new renal unit officially opens at the Friarage.
  • July 2021 – New medical education centre opened at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton
  • July 2021 – The children’s scoliosis and spinal team at The James Cook University Hospital performs its 200th paediatric spinal deformity operation.