An essential part of our organisation
Since 2002, the Friarage Hospital has been – and continues to be – an essential part of our organisation and an important point of delivery for the community. It is one of the smallest district general hospitals in the country and has 189 inpatient beds.
Over £40million has been invested in the Friarage estate over the 15 years with support from the Trust, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG and the Friends of the Friarage.
More recent developments such as introducing lung cancer surgery on site, the opening of our MRI Scanner and work beginning on The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre, reflect our commitment to delivering safe and sustainable services to the people of Hambleton, Richmondshire, Whitby and the surrounding area from our Northallerton site.
Being one of the smallest hospitals in the country, the Friarage has had to adapt and change its service delivery models over time as more specialist services move to the larger, tertiary sites and have therefore needed to be innovative in both service redesign and the attraction and retention of the clinical workforce.
Currently we have some workforce challenges that are starting to impact on a number of key services including Accident and Emergency, Critical Care and anaesthetics cover overnight.
A three-month engagement programme took place from October to December 2017 inviting as many people as possible in the community to join us in a discussion about the current challenges we face with a view to working together to develop a long term sustainable future for the Friarage.